There's a stand at the New Amsterdam Market in New York City I visit every Sunday that sells flavored salts, olive oils, and vinegars. I always taste the exotic flavored salts and recently brought some home to try. They're great! Have you used flavored salts?
I am a die hard make-it-from-scratch cook for dinner parties. I'll take the extra step to make even the most basic foods myself -- hand-rolled tortillas, homemade caramel, pie crusts, and everything in between. Although these details make a difference to me, I've learned that cutting a few corners never breaks a party. Tip number one: Trader Joe's red pepper spread.
On nights when time is short or you forgot to stop off at the store, take out is always an option. But before you pick up the phone, head to the pantry, especially if you have Mae Ploy curry paste on hand.
These thick, deeply savory sauces aren’t what typically comes to mind when we think of Mexican cuisine. They’re made with unexpected ingredients like chocolate and prunes, and every one we’ve had has been slightly different. They are so very good that we couldn’t end the week without mentioning them. Do you have a favorite?
Locally-made tortillas are a 3-for-1 deal: they’re usually made with just a few basic ingredients, they don’t have to be shipped over long distances, and buying them supports a local business. They’re also more common than you might think! Do you have a favorite local brand?
When it comes to quick appetizers for a crowd, we're big fans of the classic cheese, deli meat, and cracker combo. With a choice or two of each, everyone is happy! We normally go for fairly basic crackers and concentrate on the toppings instead, but this box of new-to-us Triscuit crackers called out to us from the shelf.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: making your own chicken stock is a snap. You don't need to fret about exact quantities of vegetables or hoarding chicken bones in your freezer. You can make stock as soon as you finish roasting a bird using whatever vegetables are in your fridge. No matter what, it's guaranteed to beat anything you buy at the store!
When you're hungry and just want breakfast, those minutes waiting for an egg to boil can really tick by. Well, this website is a 2-for-1 deal: it's an egg timer that keeps you entertained with YouTube videos while your egg is cooking!