In the summer, I often abandon my own garden to the fog and house sit for a friend in Sonoma County where I revel in the heat and light. And the Healdsburg Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. The bright, sunny display of ceramics displayed each week by Alan and Donna Podesto of Architectural Ceramic Design always […]
David Lebovitz’s May blog post on bread knives reminded me of a story. Back in 1999 I took a five-day bread baking class called Artisan I at the San Francisco Baking Institute. This is a baking class for professionals (also open to home cooks) and we baked in a professional deck oven with its automatic […]
We marvel at the sharpness of a new kitchen knife: Look how it slices through an onion so fast there’s no time for tears! Look how fast it juliennes a zucchini and how precise the cuts are! Look how quickly it reduces a pile of parsley to a fine mince! Look how—whoops! Just cut my […]
Use your head to save your heels. That was one of my mom’s favorite quotes from her mother. And yes, I am guilty of repeating it to the boys. Because the meaning has become so internalized (A ‘fridge magnet says, “I am not my mother.” And I. Am. Not. At least I hope not. Am […]
Guilty. I’ve let my kitchen knives get dull. Yes, even me, the one who tisks at clients’ dull knives. I could give you excuses, but that’s all they are. A couple of years ago, I dropped my favorite Wustof 8-inch chef’s knife and the tip broke. My knife sharpener reshaped it for me into a […]
One of the guilty pleasures of house-sitting is cooking from other people’s pantries. There can be disasters such as the time I baked bread with rancid flour. And there can be delightful surprises—a tin of hot Spanish paprika, unusual vinegars, and specialty olive oils. It’s summer; vegetables and fruits abound, especially when staying in Sonoma […]
With a jar of black bean hot sauce in the pantry, I am only a microwaved potato or a bowl of noodles away from a quick and healthy snack or meal.
When I first stepped on a gel kitchen mat, it was love at first step. Cooking requires a lot of standing. Which is hard on the feet and legs. Good fatigue mats provide great cushioning and, in my opinion, every kitchen should have one.
When my kitchen scale stopped working, I panicked. I’m not sure I know how to cook without one.