A turkey may seem like a humble, if popular, bird but it's yielding increasing discussion in the food world. Is it worth it to buy a more expensive turkey? Is organic a good upgrade? One study found that generic turkeys contained high levels of bacteria; researchers pointed to … [Read more...] about Challenge: Supermarket turkey vs. Organic Bird
Pantry & Supermarket Tips
"Who are you?" Mike asked. "What are you talking about?" I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars. "Have you become your grandmother? You're canning like a maniac." "No, I am not becoming my grandmother," I sniffed indignantly. "You read the book. This is … [Read more...] about Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’
Growing up, I assumed that cranberries grew in the shape of a can. I am not alone. When I was nine, my Aunt Judy made cranberry relish from whole berries and nothing was the same again. I was only a kid, yet realized that when it came to canned cranberries vs. fresh, there's no … [Read more...] about Firehouse Challenge: Cranberry Sauce
Do you have a shopping list of what the essentials are when stocking a pantry? I’m exactly the kind of person you wrote for: not a terribly bad cook, but unsure and insecure in the kitchen. I loved The Kitchen Counter School and am inspired to try on my own, but I’m not sure what … [Read more...] about Reader Q&A: What do you consider essential pantry items?
For The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, my friend Lisa and I spent a lot of time with other people's kitchens. There's something deeply intimate about what's lurks in the fridges, freezers and cupboards of strangers. As the site TrendCentral.com notes, the interiors of fridges … [Read more...] about What’s in your fridge?