As we count the Thursday left until Christmas, we’re also counting what we can spend on gifts this year. Here are some ideas based on a few popular items that are less than $100. [Read more…] about 11 Thursdays ’til Christmas! Economical & Easy Gifts Under $100
As the temperatures drop a bit and leaves begin to fall, attention turns to…OMG…Christmas!
Can you believe it? Today is only 12 more ThursDAYS ‘til Christmas?? Yep, Thursday, December 25. I was at dinner last night with a friend who told me that she has most of her holiday shopping done….already!!! I certainly felt behind.
So, to help all of you early shoppers out there, here are just a few ideas for the chefs on your 2014 list, based on budgets: [Read more…] about Only 12 Thursdays Left until Christmas!
Finally, here is our final installment of the MetroKitchen Cooking Terms Glossary series!
Tempering – 1) heating gently and gradually 2) Refers to the process of slowly adding a hot liquid to eggs or other foods to raise their temperature without causing them to curdle 3) Refers to a process for melting chocolate
Thickening Agent – ingredients used to thicken sauces, includes starches (flour, cornstarch, and arrowroot), gelatin and liaison.
Tomato Sauce – a leading sauce, mother sauce, made from tomatoes, vegetables, seasonings, and white stock; it may or may not be thickened with roux.
Velouté – a leading sauce, mother sauce, made by thickening a white stock (either fish, veal or chicken) with roux.
Wash – a glaze applied to dough before baking; a commonly used wash is made with whole eggs and water.
Whipping – a mixing method in which foods are vigorously beaten in order to incorporate air; a whisk or an electric mixer with its whip attachment is used.
White Stock – a light colored stock made from chicken, veal, beef, or fish bones simmered in water with vegetables and seasonings.
Why is All-Clad d5 brushed cookware so special? If you’re not familiar with it, d5 brushed stainless steel cookware is one of the newest cookware lines from All-Clad. It’s designed to have incredibly fast and even heating along with an attractive brushed stainless steel exterior. [Read more…] about What Makes All-Clad d5 Brushed Cookware Special?
One of the best all-in-one pots is the Emile Henry Flame Top 5 1/2 qt. Ceramic Dutch Oven. This dutch oven from Emile Henry is perfect for cooking soups and stews because it’s designed to absorb and hold heat, spreading it to your food slowly and evenly. You can also use it on almost any cooking surface including electric and gas stoves! We made a delicious potato soup and this Emile dutch oven was essential. [Read more…] about Emile Henry Flame Top Dutch Oven Review
A Vitamix blender is more than just an average blender. Vitamix machines are renowned as the world’s most versatile and durable blenders. What sets them apart from the competition? [Read more…] about Why Does Everyone Want a Vitamix?
John Boos cutting boards and butcher blocks come in a variety of shapes and styles. Between all of their styles and series of cutting boards, there are some differences that make certain ones better for your particular needs. In this blog I’ll review each series of cutting boards and explain their general characteristics and which type of kitchen each one is good for.
Mixing bowls are items that are probably in every person’s cabinet, but the average person doesn’t generally think of them as an essential kitchen item unless they’re an avid baker. However, the All-Clad stainless steel mixing bowl set is useful for much more than simply prepping dough for baking cookies. [Read more…] about All-Clad Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
Why cook with Copper Cookware? To start, copper cookware is one of the best conductors of heat and ensures that when cooking, you have even, faster heating around the bottom and through the sides of the cookware. This means no irksome hot spots! Copper cookware has been around for hundreds of years, and is especially popular in French cooking. Because copper can sustain such high heats, it’s also the preferred cookware for cooking jams and large batches of candy. Copper cookware is also beautiful and makes an elegant adornment to any kitchen. [Read more…] about Why Should I Use Copper Cookware?
Coffee and Tea from the same machine. Single serving or a carafe. How did they do it?
Leave it to the folks at Jura-Capresso Coffee and Espresso Machines to give you the answer. Jura AG, founded in Switzerland in 1931, and Capresso, founded in the U.S. in 1994, joined as Jura-Capresso to make automatic coffee centers. All Jura-Capresso Automatic Coffee Centers are made in Switzerland. Under the Capresso banner, the company makes innovative coffee makers, espresso machines, water kettles, and coffee grinders. It is one of these machines, the Capresso Coffee a la Carte, that we want to share with you today. [Read more…] about NEW Capresso Coffee a la Carte Review – Coffee & Tea from the Same Machine!