I’m lazy by nature and skeptical by profession, neither of which has ever seemed like a good fit for complicated cooking projects. So when I stepped into a baking class at Brooklyn’s Ovenly last month, I was just expecting to learn a few fun holiday desserts from pie expert Erin McDowell and bread pro Martin Philip (also head baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont) and then walk away with some recipes in hand. When they announced that all of that day’s treats would involve making laminated dough, I took a step back from the demo station, continued walking backward all the way to the refreshments table, and poured myself a generous splash of Vermont cider. I would never be able to replicate laminated dough, known to cause even the pros some strife. I worked in a patisserie during and after college, and laminated dough was the main source of early morning swears and fits from the kitchen, where my work was mostly relegated to sandwiching macarons or stacking … [Read more...] about Puff pastry is a kitchen fear worth conquering
It’s a very special time of year, you Fearless Flyers. Trader Joe’s has brought the holiday hammer down upon us all, and we have no choice but to yield. Here are our thoughts on this year’s line of sweets and snacks, plus our verdict on whether or not each item is worth the purchase. (Special thanks to our pets, who sampled the dog treats.) Mini Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sandwiches These were delicious, exactly as the cashier promised. Salted caramel ice cream goes perfectly with the sweeter caramel of a stroopwafel. “Mini” is a good size for several reasons: it’s easy to hold, it doesn’t melt before you’re done eating, and you won’t feel like you’ve made a huge mistake halfway through. We recommend letting it sit for a minute or so after you take it out of the freezer so that the stroopwafels are a little more manageable; the hardened caramel is too solid to bite through right away, and if you chomp down too hard, all the ice … [Read more...] about The most wonderful time of the year: Our verdict on 17 Trader Joe’s holiday treats
Jeremy Clarkson is quoted as saying that to be a true auto enthusiast you must have had at least one Alfa in your life. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 164 is one Alfa. Could its price and condition mean that it’s “the one?” Winter is the best time to consider buying a convertible since nothing shows how tough you are as does1991 BMW 318i that looked tidy and had a top that you could drop. Two issues might just scuttle the plan, however. One of those was the seller’s ominous note that the car had a “salvage history.” The other was its $5,995 price tag which 54 percent of you deemed too high, dunning the car with a Crack Pipe loss. Advertisement Speaking of losses, there was a time, a good couple of decades or more ago One of the last Alfas to hit the market before the company packed up its Vino Rosso and Grana Padano and left the U.S. was the 164, a Pininfarina-designed executive saloon that shared its underpinnings with the Saab 9000, … [Read more...] about At $5,200, Could This 1993 Alfa Romeo 164S Turn You Into A True Enthusiast?
Umami is a term we see everywhere but may not completely understand. I know I didn’t—even as a chef, my cursory knowledge of this magical “fifth taste,” as it’s often described, was primarily based on specific materials that carried umami. I knew from kitchen repetition that adding a few splashes of fish sauce would deepen the flavor of a bubbling pasta sauce; that a dusting of dried porcini could make a green goddess dressing special; and that a generous helping of smoked crayfish improved a hefty braise. But what exactly happens to the food, and why does umami improve it? Why do our bodies and minds seem to physiologically crave umami? Perhaps unsurprisingly, if you dig deep enough you’ll find this hard-wired preference goes back to our hunter-gatherer days when we had to search for necessary protein sources to keep us alive. At a chemical level, what we describe as protein—both animal-based, like chicken, or vegetable-based, like … [Read more...] about A chef uncovers the secrets of umami
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