Do You Need to Buy a Stockpot?

April 9, 2014

In France, stock is known as “fond du cuisine,” (or the foundation of all cuisine, for those of you who ne parlez pas français). Stock is used to create the many sauces that epitomize French cuisine, but it’s uses go far beyond frilly frou-frou meals that take all day prepare. And while you can use […]

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Why You Need a Wok (Even If You Don’t Think You Need One)

April 1, 2014

To most people, a wok is a kitchen unitasker. You’ll drag it out one every year (or five) for a Chinese meal, before putting back in the cabinet, right next to the ice cream maker and Sodastream… right? Nope. The wok is one of the most underrated pieces of kitchen cookware, and is one that […]

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How to Create a Signature Dry Rub–The Secret Blueprint

February 27, 2014

What’s the most essential ingredient for barbecue? Did you say “the sauce?” Think again pal. Barbecue in many places (most notably Memphis) is served sans sauce, to no ill effect. Dry rub is the thing that no self-respecting backyard pitmaster would leave out of his BBQ. Dry rub performs to essential functions in barbecue: It […]

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My Favorite Cookbooks

February 20, 2014

Ah, cookbooks. They’re the first resource we reach for when we want to cook. And it’s easy to see why. Back in the days when everyone had to know how to prepare a decent meal in order to survive, they kept recipes on little cards in the kitchen. Enterprising entrepreneurs later collected these and began […]

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How to Grill Pork Tenderloin

January 16, 2014

Pork chops are the simplest cut to cook, and pork tenderloin comes a close second. Like the pork chop, the tenderloin comes from the loin primal, but it is even leaner and more tender since it is rarely used (it is the long strip of muscle that runs alongside the rear of the spine). This […]

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The Seven Most Important Utensils In Your Kitchen

December 6, 2013

Setting up your kitchen can be a daunting task. Go to any department store and you’re sure to experience both greed (look at all that fancy kitchenware!) and sticker shock (look at the price of everything!). But I suggest everyone start out their kitchen hacking journey with as minimal a kitchen as possible, and only […]

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How to Cook the Perfect Pork Chop

November 13, 2013

There’s no better place for me to start cooking and eating a whole hog than with the humble pork chop. The most widely-recognized cut, you’re far more likely to turn it into a dry-as-a-desert failure as it is to cook it right. That ends today. Where Does the Pork Chop Come From? Pork chops come […]

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