Category: basically / Basically – 11 Essential Grilling Tools for Your First-Ever Cookout

It’s easy to get carried away when shopping for grilling gear—the market is flooded with tools that feature unnecessary bells and whistles and trendy single-use items that end up as drawer clutter. (We’re looking at you, extra-long spatula that’s also a bottle opener.) So we rounded up a list of essential grilling tools that actually – Stop Boiling Your Store-Bought Gnocchi—Roast or Fry Them Instead

While I’ve added a handful of new-to-me products to my pantry over the years—tomato achaar from Brooklyn Delhi, lemon-saffron marmalade from BRINS, oat milk baking chocolate from Raaka—the fundamentals remain the same: There’s a bin for pasta, a bin for seaweed, a bin for cans of coconut milk and chickpeas, a bin for condiments, a – What Is Tempeh, Where Does It Come From, And How Can You Use It In Your Cooking?

Whenever I lack inspiration in the kitchen, I reach for tempeh (“tempe” in Indonesian). This versatile fermented soybean cake is multi-dimensional; when deep-fried it transforms into moreish, crunchy, nutty-flavored bites of umami that even my toddler, on his fussiest of days, gobbles down.  But most of all, tempeh represents Indonesia for me, the place where – A Flat Whisk Is More Useful Than A Round Whisk (Prove Me Wrong!)

One Sunday evening, nearly 20 years ago, a friend’s mother gave me two gifts. The first, a cooking lesson, came just before dinner. While the chicken she roasted rested on a platter, she splashed white wine into the still-hot cast-iron skillet, where it immediately bubbled up, nearly disappearing. Then, with a tool I had never – What is Tamarind and How Do You Use It In Cooking

In this recipe, tamarind concentrate is incorporated into a glaze that’s slathered over black bass. Photo by Laura Murray, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Sophie Strangio How can you use it? Raw tamarind is highly acidic and pucker-inducing. Pickle chunky pieces with tomatoes, chiles, or carrot to enjoy with Indian bread like – The Best Can Opener Never Gets Gunk On It and I Love It

Sure, a lot of cans “nowadays” come with tabs to open them, but not ALL cans. Especially the cheapest brands on the shelf, which are my favorites. A person needs a can opener. But too many can openers in this country are crusty with gunk, rusty with rust, and dusty with dust! Enough is enough. – How to Make the Best Pie Dough, According to a Pie Dough Expert

It’s important to understand why water is added only after the flour and butter are mixed: When the water joins the party, gluten starts to form. Gluten toughens the dough, making the finished crust heavy and solid rather than light and flakey. But by mixing the flour with cold butter before you add the water, – Meal Prep Tips to Get You Sorta Ready for the Week Ahead

It’s just cooking a bunch of stuff! That’s all that meal prep is. I listen to This American Life and chop endless onions and hours happily pass and I end up with containers of this and that for the week ahead. But in this time of great stress, dire food insecurity, and unknowable chaos, we – 13 Tips to Make the Most of Your Freezer

We used to treat our freezers like temperature-controlled junk drawers. Three stray taquitos. A half bag of corn. Vintage pesto. But for strategic, economic cooking, something had to change.  These are the 13 tips that have helped us unlock our freezers’ full potential. Maybe you’ll find something useful in here—you know, between the ice cream – Filipino Vinegars, An Extremely Condensed Guide

Filipino cooking is reflected by how Filipinos like to eat—namely, by balancing three predominant elements of taste: sour, salty, and sweet. We love snacking on tart green mangoes with salty, funky shrimp paste (admittedly, I loathed shrimp as a child and would often opt for crunchy bits of rock salt instead). We like putting bits

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