A dry, crumbly cake when you've been anticipating a wedge of tender perfection is a very sad thing. It can take practice (and a good recipe!) to know exactly when you've reached cake nirvana and should take it out of the oven, but here are four little clues to help you out.
Among the surprises in my first year of being gluten-free has been my growing enjoyment of raw desserts. I love how simple they can be to assemble and often find them more texturally satisfying than gluten-less baked goods. These raw spiced pumpkin cupcakes are filled with autumn goodness and yet are free of many allergens like grains, dairy, eggs, nuts, and refined sugar. And did I mention they're topped with coconut vanilla icing and ginger date caramel?!
I first discovered Wiener Schnitzel as a little girl eating "around the world" at Disney's Epcot Center, and those two words still make me giggle. Funny name aside, it's a classic dish that's easy to prepare.
Perhaps one of the more interesting, creative and exciting things about being a cook is when one thing leads to another and before you know it, almost by accident, you have created something really delicious. Something out of nothing, or nearly nothing. It can begin with an idea, of course, a whispered question in the back of your head (I wonder if… ? Or how would it taste if…?)
Or sometimes it's that an unexpected ingredient has landed in your lap, which is exactly what happened to me yesterday when I ran next door to deliver something to my neighbor and she showed me the magical secret of her autumnal porch decoration.
Tired of slow cooker recipes that call for an hour of prep work before you finally get to set the timer and walk away? The editors at America's Test Kitchen hear you. Their latest cookbook of slow cooker recipes (The Easy-Prep Edition!) is full of just the kind of "set it and forget it" meals that make us glad we own a slow cooker.
With the changeover from summer to fall, my kitchen also changes from cooking absolutely anything that does not require the stove to everything that requires cooking for hours on the stove. Giant pots overflow with stock, soups, and stews that sizzle and burn on my white metal stovetop. By the weekend when we're ready to do a bit of cleaning, our poor little four burner rental stove looks like it doesn't know what hit it.
There are three oils I use regularly in my kitchen, the ones I will replace as soon as the bottle is empty, even if I don't need them right that second. Two for flavor, and one for its lack of flavor and high smoke point.
It's a busy time of year. This you know. So every bit of extra planning goes a long way, and lately we've been all about a little breakfast prep the night before. The slow cooker can be your best friend, when it comes to breakfast. When you've started something the night before you can wake up and put the coffee on, the kitchen smells delicious, and breakfast is done!
If there's one thing cooler climates encourage us to do, it's to take things slow. It's an attitude adjustment we all experience, regardless of our location. Fortunately, a slow cooker is a tool versatile enough to be an answer for us all. Here are eight recipes covering a wide range of regions and flavors. Why not simmer down with one of them this weekend?
I've seen this scene one too many times: An easy meal (or fruit butter or dessert) in the slow cooker that leaves a not-so-easy cleanup behind. I'm loath to buy disposable plastic liners that just add to the trash. So, what to do to keep the ease of slow cooker cooking flowing right on through clean-up? Keep the slow cooker on!