When you want to go above-and-beyond for the special cook in your life, it's time to bring out the big-hitters, the slightly splurge-y gifts that most cooks dream about having, but aren't likely to pick up on a whim. Here are 10 of our favorite picks for an unforgettable gift this season:
This actually happened to a friend of ours last year: She had cleaned out the turkey, rubbed it with her marinade, and was ready to put it in the oven when she realized that she had a roasting pan but no rack! If you find yourself without a "real" roasting rack with hours to go before dinner, here are some quick solutions to MacGyver your way to roasted perfection.
Q: I want to try a high-temperature turkey recipe by Alton Brown. The recipe uses a half sheet pan instead of a roasting pan (with a roasting rack to elevate the turkey). It needs to withstand a 500-degree oven for 30 minutes, plus the rest of the roasting time, so it has to be heavy-duty and not warp.
A couple years ago we shared a few of our favorite Dutch ovens, plus recipes to put them to work. But products come and go, and many of our 2011 picks have since become unavailable. So we thought it was time to revisit our favorite pot and look at the current crop of Dutch ovens for fall cooking.
Read on for five big and beautiful cast iron Dutch ovens at a variety of price points — plus ten recipes to put your own big pot to work. If you already have the Dutch oven of your dreams but don't use it enough, this is the roundup for you. Baked pumpkin oatmeal, barbecue pulled chicken, bread with a shatteringly crisp crust, and an easy batch of jam — the Dutch oven does all this and more.
Have you heard of CHEFS catalog? I'd venture that you almost certainly have, since the company has been selling upscale, high-quality cookware, bakeware, and all manner of kitchen utensils and tools since 1979 — first by mail-order only via their catalog, and now through their extensive online site and brick-and-mortar store in Colorado Springs. Their tagline pretty much says it all: "The best kitchen starts here."
With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, it's time to start talking roasters. First, let's set some ground rules: regardless of how pretty it looks, you do not need to plunk down $165 on an All-Clad roasting pan. We know, we know — we would sleep with that roaster on our accompanying bed of money if we could. But for the most part, roasting pans come out of our cupboards once or twice a year for the big holiday dinners, so a budget option is more our style. Here are 5 worthy picks:
Working in my chilly apartment here at the end of October, I'm drawn towards a hot cup of tea to get me through the afternoon (ginger being my favorite). So what better excuse do I need to sleuth out 10 timeless, never-go-out-of-style tea kettles? These stainless steel beauties (and one enamel) are designed to last, with classic styling that'll outlive trends and changing tastes.
Cheesecloth annoys me. I never seem to have quite enough of it for whatever I'm doing. It always comes apart and doubling or tripling it feels fussy. Plus, it irks me that you can't easily wash and reuse it. I recently decided to get rid of cheesecloth in my kitchen for good and have found these three substitutes to more than take its place.
Q: I purchased an Emile Henry 4.9 quart oval Flame Top Dutch Oven. I have noticed that the top tends to wobble. I have read elsewhere that all dutch ovens have some 'give' in the lip, but I am wondering how much is too much? When you place the lid or the upside-down base on a flat surface, they both wobble.