On Meal Planning

On Meal Planning

After overeating for the past two months, people are starting to think about slimming down for summer. Others are cooking more to save money after spending too much over the holidays. If this is you, planning is key. Don't depend on your willpower to make good decisions all the time. It is far too easy to order pizza or pick up a sandwich from the corner. Instead, use your willpower when you have it to plan ahead for the times you don't. Here is what I do.   Shop first,…

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Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

If your holiday festivities include alcohol, consider putting a lighter drink in the rotation to refresh your palate from all the heavy bourbon, egg nog, and dark rum drinks. I suggest a variation on the Sidecar made with Calvados, a French apple brandy made up in Normandy with the same care as their southern neighbors make cognac. The sweet calvados and Cointreau mixed with the tart citrus bite of the lemon juice make the Calvados Sidecar a lively cocktail that will lighten your holiday spirits. Save this recipe card to…

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Cuisinart Food Processor Blade Recall

Cuisinart Food Processor Blade Recall

If your Cuisinart Food Processor has a blade with rivets like the one pictured above, the blades are being recalled and replaced. I stumbled across a recall post on DigitalTrends.com and decided to check mine. Sure enough, the one I use regularly and often recommend to readers of this blog is part of the recall. Model sold between July 1996 to December 2015 are subject to this recall. You can check your model and request a replacement blade here: https://recall.cuisinart.com I've had mine for about four years and my parents have had theirs…

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Start Eggnog Now For Your Christmas Festivities

Start Eggnog Now for Your Christmas Festivities

Make this year's Christmas festivities special and make a batch of eggnog now and age it in your fridge for the next 73 days. This stuff is so much better than the cartons you see in stores around the holidays. I talked my parents into making some around the beginning of December last year and it turned out great. It was even better around the beginning of January. The age improves it pretty quickly, rounding out the bite of the alcohol and blending the flavors together. It probably isn't worth…

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Pesto Revisited

Pesto Revisited

I posted last year about making pesto in the food processor. I'm writing now to say that I've changed my ways. I use a large mortar and pestle instead and make it by hand. I really enjoy slowing down for a few minutes and methodically grinding the ingredients together while I take in their fragrance. I feel like I appreciate the final product more. My preference for ritual aside, pesto made by hand covers pasta much better and has a better blending of flavors. See Dan Gritzer's post on Serious…

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There’s More Than Just Whiskey At Tuthilltown

There’s More Than Just Whiskey at Tuthilltown

Amanda and I drove up to Tuthilltown Distillery this past weekend. I'd been there once before a few years ago with my friend Jason Kelly for their gin launch party, but they've really stepped up their game since then. Tuthilltown is best known for their fantastic line of whiskey: bourbon, rye, and unaged corn. Any liquor store worth its salt carries at least one of their five varieties: When I say their line of whiskey is fantastic, I mean it. I've tried the whole line at least once and have…

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Salsa Verde Revisited

Salsa Verde Revisited

I looked back at my salsa verde post from last year and decided I could improve it. I tend to only make it once a year because that is when I get a big bunch of tomatillos in my CSA share. That doesn't leave much room for rapid feedback loops, but let's see what we can do. Last year's version was all done on the stovetop. That is a fine method and gets the job done, but it relies heavily on the taste of the raw ingredients and doesn't develop them…

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Tampers For The ROK Espresso Maker

Tampers for the ROK Espresso Maker

I had trouble finding this info when I first got the ROK Espresso Maker, so I'm posting this here for others to find. The tamper size you want for the ROK Espresso Maker is 49mm. Why not just use the little plastic one that came in the box? The one that came with the ROK is significantly smaller than the portafilter, so it pushes grounds up the sides when you push down on it. It has no heft, so it is left up to you to push evenly. This leads…

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