No matter how expensive or professional, no oven is perfect, so using your oven well is all about figuring out its little quirks and working around them. Dorie Greenspan has a smart tip for finding your oven's hot spot — with shredded coconut!
Q: We're all familiar with how to deal with ovens that run hot, or cold, or are a little dry — but my oven has the unusual idiosyncrasy of being very 'wet'! It fills with steam whenever I roast or bake anything, which prevents stuff getting crispy and makes roast vegetables steam into an overcooked mush rather than caramelizing and browning.
You know things are serious when it's 10:30 at night and your oven is caked in baking soda, your oven racks are soaking in the bathtub, your tea kettle is bubbling with boiling water to pour over your stovetop grates, and your husband is on his hands and knees washing the floor with a sponge because you realized too late you didn't have a mop in the house. (I swear I told him to stop!)
Q: We have a new oven which has steam-assisted cooking. I would love some recipes using this oven setting. We tried it out on a beautiful grass-fed sirloin roast, only to have the roast turn out very chewy. It cooks some vegetables beautifully, while rendering others inedible. And sausages turn out kind of spongy in texture.
Q: My boyfriend’s cottage has the sweetest vintage stove I’ve ever seen. The only problem is that the oven is limited to two settings: high and off. The only way to regulate the temperature is by opening the door until the oven cools down, and then closing it until it gets too hot again.
Q: My husband and I are planning a kitchen remodel and we're debating the merits of a warming drawer. We love to entertain, but are wondering if the double wall ovens we've already decided on will be sufficient for our needs. Any advice or thoughts are appreciated!
Read on to see how we navigated the overwhelming process of buying appliances, and to see what we picked out. I'll talk about how buying a range top can actually save you money, as well as our one amazing Craigslist find!
Last week I attended the 2013 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which is a small trade show featuring a carefully curated selection of home and kitchen brands. It's a fun show to go to for that reason, since you know you'll only see the best of the best. Here are 5 brands that caught my eye: