If your mother had any sort of social life during the 1970s, then you probably grew up with quite a bit of Tupperware around the house. This classic segment from a 1976 episode of 60 Minutes sheds some light on company's genius marketing strategy, the worldwide popularity of Tupperware parties (even kimono-clad housewives in Japan were hosting them), and the near-evangelical zeal of the Tupperware salesladies. There's even a Tupperware song!
Do you know Angry Birds, one of the top-selling games for mobile devices and the iPad? (It's, um, quite addictive.) We've seen cakes with an Angry Birds theme before, but this one blows them all away. And it was made by an amateur baker — a dad in England who wanted his son to have a really terrific birthday. Read on for a video of the cake in action, and illustrated steps for trying it yourself!
Do you love mayonnaise? Ever tried making it yourself? It's really so easy — it takes nothing more than an egg, some oil, and a pinch of salt. And if you think you don't like mayonnaise, then you should give this a try too. It may just change your mind. Watch how we do it here in this video; there's almost nothing to it!
Last week we showed you a video that illustrated how to whip egg whites and make meringue. Today we're going to do something with that meringue — pipe it into pretty star cookies. This method of piping using a pastry bag and tip is standard, however, for any kind of icing. So come and watch this video and see how easy it can be to create pretty designs with a simple decorating bag and tip.
Matcha, a powdered form of green tea found mostly in Japan, is usually associated with intricate tea ceremonies where the tea is whisked and served in a special tatami-floored teahouse. It's a beautiful tradition but it has also kept many people from enjoying this delicious, creamy, slightly bitter/sweet beverage. It is possible to enjoy a bowl of matcha in your own kitchen using just a few key ingredients and utensils and a little less formality. Read on for instructions and a short little video I made showing how to whisk the tea.
Making meringue? Not sure if you can distinguish between soft peak, firm peak, and stiff peak stages of beaten egg whites? Here's a video showing the process of whipping egg whites and sugar into meringue. We give it to you more or less in real time, so you can see how the egg whites look from beginning to end.
Ever wondered how to crack an egg with just one hand? Those chefs on TV make it look so easy. Well, it is! And it's more than a party trick; being able to crack an egg with one hand lets you stir or whisk with the other as you add your eggs. It's actually pretty useful. Here's a quick little video (less than a minute long) where Emma demonstrates the keys to cracking an egg with just one hand.
Are you doubling or tripling a recipe? With big events like the Super Bowl coming up it's easy to find yourself baking 4 pans of brownies instead of just one. Although we offered up a few helps to keep track while you measure in ingredients, there's one more way to make sure you stay on track!
Back when she lived in NYC, Jill Santopietro made wonderful, inspiring videos about cooking in her tiny (very tiny!) kitchen. Now she's in the Bay Area and working for Chow.com. We love her new Cooks from Books video series and in particular, this latest installment where she cooks from David Tanis' Heart of the Artichoke. Read on for our reasons why.