Whether or not there’s any actual science behind it, lots of people swear by the sickness-busting properties of raw garlic. Some of my friends and family will actually chow down on raw cloves in an attempt to send their symptoms packing.
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If any cooking fat is worthy of the title “liquid gold”, it’s gotta be ghee. Ghee is clarified browned butter — which means it has the high smoke point of clarified butter and the nutty flavour of browned butter. In my book, that’s as close to perfection as you can get.
No matter who you are or what you do for a living, getting dinner on the table can feel like an impossible task. After a full day of recipe development (or fighting with my sad brain) I’d rather gnaw on a block of cheese or skip dinner altogether than dirty more dishes.
So I watch a lot of food TV and buy a lot of cookbooks, always looking for something to snap me out of my permanent Weeknight Dinner Ennui. These days, nobody does that better than Priya Krishna.
I am perfectly capable of making lentils, but I never make lentils. Instead, I buy Trader Joe’s steamed lentils, which are more expensive than dry lentils, and feel oddly guilty about it. This guilt, of course, is silly. Though the pre-cooked lentils are twice as much as the dry guys, they are still only three whole dollars. But the point isn’t the price, the point is that — unlike dry lentils — I will end up eating these lentils.
Once upon a time, it became common practice to add onions and garlic to a hot pan at the same time. I think it had something to do with “letting flavours mingle,” but I’m not sure. Though they are both alliums, the two cook at dramatically different rates, and adding them together results in bitter, acrid bits of garlic scattered in a pile of undercooked onions.
Cabbage gets no respect, which is a shame — it could be the most versatile vegetable on earth. From the delicate leaves to the sweet, crunchy core, I love every part of every variety of cabbage and have made it my mission to make others feel the same.
While steak enthusiasts are eager to bend your ear about home dry-ageing experiments or that massive tomahawk they splurged on, it’s medium-rare to hear someone rave about chuck steak. Talk about a missed opportunity: Chuck is an incredibly flavorful, versatile and affordable part of the cow. Treat it right, and there’s nothing it can’t do.
Over the years, I have not been shy about my indifference toward turkey. I’ve called it “a bit of a thermodynamic nightmare” with “the dumbest meat.” I’ve also been pretty clear about my preference for thighs — as dark meat inherently has more fat and flavour — but this buttermilk brined breast has me looking inward, questioning everything, and eating so, so much turkey, along with my words. (This is very impressive at this point in the month, as I have cooked about 18kg of turkey in the last three weeks.)
I am fully aware of how this sounds, but I only eat homemade mayo. It’s partially a budget thing and partially out of convenience—even in large quantities, mayo is incredibly cheap and easy to make — but more than anything else, it’s about flavour. Homemade mayo will always taste fresher and just plain better than anything you can get out of a jar.
Far too many home cooks have a mental block about homemade bread. This is a huge bummer: bread is among the most satisfying and rewarding things you can learn to make, but complex recipes and unnecessary gate-keeping scare off all but the most stubborn of newbie bakers.
If you are one to get caught up in details and definitions, cooking from recipes can kick the pedantic portion of your brain into overdrive. Words and phrases that are intuitive to more seasoned home cooks can prove utterly mystifying to newbies, particularly those related to the construct that is time.
By now, I could chop an onion in my sleep: Slice it in half, trim off the stem and root, peel, and slice away. In all my years of onion prep, it never occurred to me to shake things up, but skipping just one of those steps — removing the root — has changed my heavily onion-based repertoire for the better.