Truth be told, I’m quite fond of fond. But what it is? Properly pronounced, the word is fahn, which is French for “base.” (Ask my wife and she will tell you that I butcher French pronunciations, but that’s neither here nor there.) But that fond – that base – is that beautiful brown stuff you… Read More What is Fond?
Flambéing, or igniting alcohol in a hot pan, is both a primal and thrilling experience as well a spectacular thing to behold. While it isn’t really a necessary step in most recipes, it does add a depth of flavor which can’t otherwise be achieved. Most recipes that call for a flambé will taste just fine if the… Read More How to Flambé
Critical to any cook’s arsenal of tools is a good, reliable, accurate instant read thermometer. In fact, I would argue that short of a knife, this is the most important tool in the kitchen. Here’s why: A couple of months ago I received one of the greatest honors of my culinary career: My dear friend… Read More On the Importance of a Good Thermometer
The easiest way to chop an onion, hands down. When I started cooking, one of the things I hated most (aside from dicing raw chicken) was dicing up an onion. For years I would slice it into rings and chop those rings up one by one and it took forever. Once I learned this handy… Read More How to Chop an Onion
If you’ve got a gas grill, you can still turn out some truly amazing, authentic BBQ. Here’s how. I know there are those people out there who are going to hate this post. Trust me, I understand. But ultimately, I’m about results – And if the technique yields sound results, then it’s a sound technique. … Read More Hack Your Gas Grill: Use it as a Smoker
Cooking is about heat. Being able to control heat , understanding how heat enters food, and what happens to food when it does, is a fundamental skill to master if you want to learn to cook. Fortunately, once you’ve got an understanding of what’s going on, it’s not that hard to figure out. If you’ve… Read More Cooking 101: Using Heat
Anyone can cook a hunk of meat. But doing it to perfection? That’s the tricky part. So what’s the secret? I’ll always remember the first time I saw The Matrix my junior year of high school. The special effects, the amazing “bullet-time” cinematography, the unprecedented martial arts and the gripping plot. But there was something… Read More The Secret to Perfect Beef Roasts and Steaks
“And If I’m in luck, it’s broiled hockey puck…” (Tom Lehrer, “She’s My Girl”) Ah, the glorious hamburger. So delicious. So simple. Or is it? We’ve all been there. At least I have. Burgers that are either still frozen in the middle, or turned into broiled hockey pucks. Over the years, I’ve come up with… Read More 8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger