Monday, January 25, 2016

Pork Shoulder Braised in Osso Buco Sauce ("Boston Butt" cut)

YouTube Link: Pork Shoulder Braised in Osso Buco Sauce ("Boston Butt" cut)
More Videos: Helen's Kitchen Channel

5 Lb Boston Butt (boneless pork shoulder), trussed with string
2 tsp high heat oil (such as grape seed, safflower, or canola)
2 yellow onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fresh minced rosemary, sage, or thyme
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2.5 cups dry white wine
1.5 cups salt free or low-sodium chicken stock
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Brown Chicken Stock Video

Affordable Dutch Oven from Tramontina

You can certainly spend $300 on an equivalent Le Creuset, but the above Tramontina pot was only $50 and served me well for 6 years now.  The bottom of the pot did discolor (as you can see in the video) and became black, but that didn't change the pot's performance in any way.

Disclaimer: The above link is an Amazon affiliate.  I get a small percentage if you buy the pot through it.  Maybe I should have linked to Le Creuset... just kidding ;)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kale Apple Salad

YouTube Link: Kale Apple Salad
More Videos: Helen's Kitchen Channel

For the salad:
1.25 Lb Lacinato (aka Tuscan) Kale
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 apple, cut into julienne
1/4 cup dries cherries or cranberries

For the dressing:
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (optional)
1 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts or pomegranate seeds (optional)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Microwave Poached Eggs

YouTube Link: Microwave Poached Eggs
More Videos: Helen's Kitchen Channel

The dielectric constant is the ratio of the permittivity of a substance to the permittivity of free space. It is an expression of the extent to which a material concentrates electric flux, and is the electrical equivalent of relative magnetic permeability. Adding salt to water makes it less permeable to the microwave radiation. This means the egg cooks more gently and is less likely to overcook in spots.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Gifts for Cooks and Bakers 2015

There is a reason why professional chefs don't cook with Cutco knives and Pampered Chef gadgets. If you want to buy a gift for a cook or baker in your life this holiday season, why not make it good?

You can see all the kitchen equipment and cookbooks that I love in my Amazon Store.  Here are some fun packages you can put together for your culinarian.

Why isn't this list different from what I recommended last year?   Because I only recommend cooking tools that last :)

Meat Lover's Package
Stainless steel skillet (All-Clad or Tramontina)
Thermometer (Thermapen or Thermopop)
Roasting Rack
What to do with all this:
Cooking Technique for Tender Cuts
How to Wash a Stainless Steel Skillet

Baker's Package
Pizza Stone (it's not just for pizza anymore :)
Digital Scale
Pastry Scraper
One of Rose Levy Beranbaum's books
What to do with all this:
Thin Crust Pizza
Pie Dough

Vegetarian (or Bean Lover's) Package
Pressure Cooker
Rancho Gordo Bean Sampler
Hip Pressure Cooker Book
What to do with all this:
How to Use a Pressure Cooker
How to Cook Beans

Knife Package 
(for normal people, not for Knife Geeks)
Chef's Knife
Paring Knife
Boning Knife
Accusharp Sharpener
What to do with all this:
Knife Skills Videos

Bostonian Package

If you are shopping for a cook located in the Boston area, there is no need to guess what cooking equipment they have and don’t have because you can give them a gift certificate to a cooking class with Helen.