Whether you struggle to cook pasta or fancy yourself the next Master Chef, certain kitchen essentials are required in your pursuit of a home cooked meal. First and foremost, you need a decent set of pots and pans; and while you might be happy with those mismatched relics from the past, or are set on purchasing each new pot and pan separately, there are a number of benefits associated with investing in a full set of cookware.
I’m a big fan of herbs, especially basil. I grew up in a Persian household and herbs were always served with dinner. Wrapping feta cheese and fresh mint, dill, parsley or basil in warm Persian bread is especially delicious. I could live off that meal and never get tired of it. But I could never figure out how to get my herbs to last for a long time. I turned to Pinterest for a solution, and discovered the Prepara Herb Savor. I then noticed that Best Buy carried it, and asked them to send me a sample of this kitchen gadget to review.
If 2016 is the year you’ve vowed to eat out less and cook more, I’m here to help. I’ve got a list of small kitchen appliances you can use to create your favourites, and it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t make this resolution before.
In a kitchen, cooking really begins with knives. With a decent knife in your drawer, it becomes much easier to prepare food than you can imagine. Cooking should be fun, and when it’s difficult to prepare food, you’re going to skip cooking and order out instead. There is a knife for every task, and when you use a knife designed just for the task you’re taking on, you get through food prep faster and can be more creative in the kitchen. Here’s a quick look at what type of knives are best for specific kitchen tasks.
Cast iron cookware has been around for centuries. Long before the electric stove was invented in the early 1900s, most meals were prepared using cast iron skillets, pots and griddles, and an open flame. A lot has changed since then, but the appeal of cast iron remains the same. Said to be the best cookware ever invented, the key to its longevity lies in its care. Follow these simple rules and your cast iron cookware will last for generations to come.
I don’t know what it is about wedding gift registries, but I’m not a big fan. I absolutely love the process involved with gift giving, so it’s just not as fun for me when I’m told what to buy. Especially when the only items left on the registry are an inexpensive corkscrew and a China set fit for the Duchess of York. That’s why I tend to skip the registry altogether and stick with my standby wedding gift – glassware. There seems to always be a need for glassware, and when you have the right glasses for various types of drinks, your bride and groom are guaranteed to love using them.
Whether it’s your fridge, your dishwasher or a small appliance, there is always something you wish you could change about your kitchen. With spring starting, why not change it now?
There’s something that happens to people when they start to get into food and food preparation. Whether you are a budding chef or just a foodie who wants to try things at home, you take a good long look at the pots and pans you have in your kitchen and you put them to work, experimenting with what works best for different dishes.
Good quality flatware and knives are kitchen staples—but are people still asking for them when they get married?