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I wear a chefs jacket which is much more practical than either a half apron or a bib apron.

Survey: What Style of Apron Do You Wear?
9/20/11 01:56 PM

A16 an Italian restaurant in San Francisco specializing in food from Campania (including Neapolitan style pizza) serves olio piccante with the pizzas.

An Ode to the Best Pizza in Italy
The Cheesemonger

8/3/11 05:51 PM

You are not kneading the dough enough and probably need to use more flour. But as mnapoleon said, normally you would be stretching the pizza dough by hand and not rolling it out, which tends to toughen it.

Help! My Pizza Dough Always Sticks to the Rolling Pin
Good Questions

8/3/11 02:57 PM

Sherry vinegar would be more traditional, and more subtle than balsamic as well.

Bland Gazpacho? Add a Splash of Balsamic
8/1/11 05:33 PM

I've never tried it - I always use the boil method when making summer tomato sauce. I'll look forward to hear from anyone who has tried the freezing method!

Quick Tip: Freeze & Thaw Tomatoes to Remove Skins
7/27/11 05:40 PM

I use it to make rice pudding as well - infuse the hot milk with any flavoring you like. Serve with roasted strawberries on top (yes, roasted! Plenty of recipes online).

After Risotto, What Else Can I Do with Arborio Rice?
Good Questions

7/12/11 03:13 PM

Roasted Potatoes with garlic and parmesan cheese, toss in arugula, shredded kale or dandelion greens to wilt and then toss it with tahini mixed with lemon juice and a fresh herb.

Easy Pantry Dinners: 5 Recipes with Potatoes
6/9/11 05:57 PM

I use the iPhone app "Meal Board" for meal planning and grocery list. You can enter in your own recipe ingredient lists (online using your computer or on the phone using the app) and plan meals using the recipes you enter. The planner will show up to 2 weeks at a time. You then can synch the meal plan with the grocery list and will pull all the ingredients you identified as necessary for a recipe and populate it into the grocery list. And you can add your own items to the grocery list that may not appear as an ingredient in a recipe. All in all it's a pretty nice app.

Kitchen Tech: Which Cooking Apps Are Worth Buying?
6/2/11 01:52 PM

Ditto Corelle, it's very hard to break, microwave and dishwasher safe and made of glass, not plastic or melamine.

Best Unbreakable Dishes for Outdoor Eating?
Good Question

5/11/11 04:29 PM

This looks like a major reno. New cabinet uppers, added can lights, new floors, new appliances, new sink, new tile backsplash, new countertops.

Kitchen Before & After: From Washed-Out to Welcoming
Beach Brights

4/18/11 12:51 PM

--polenta squares topped with chopped sauteed mushrooms
--frittata cut into squares
--cheese, salumi, other cold cuts, baguette slices
--roasted red potatoes, quartered, with saffron aioli or romesco sauce
--radishes, butter, salt
--crudites and an interesting dip
--strawberries! in season now
--blanched asparagus spears

Best Nibbles and Snacks for a Low-Key Weekend Party?
Good Questions

4/14/11 04:58 PM

The only downside is if you grill instead of sear in the pan, there is no fond with which to build the braising liquid. I don't know if the added flavor from the grill compensates for this, but it'd be an interesting taste test to do a side-by-side comparison.

Tip for Maximum Flavor: Grill Meat Before Braising
3/22/11 05:22 PM

Thumbs down unless it's a very casual gift. I wouldn't want a serious bottle of wine marked up like this.

Forget the Wine Bag: Use a Marker Instead
3/17/11 04:18 PM

I agree with bamber. I've had several pepper mills and the Unicorn Magnum Plus is the best. My mom loves it and she has a problem with hand strength and arthritis.

The Kitchn Reviews: The Best Pepper Mills
3/11/11 04:11 PM

Lentil salads with vinaigrette, and topped with feta, are great as side dishes and can be served warm or at room temperature. Grain salad with farro, barley, wild rice and any assortment of vegetables are good. Potato gratins can be made ahead of time and brought in the baking dish and warmed in the oven before serving.

Simple, Healthy Side Dishes for Holiday Parties?
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12/16/10 04:21 PM

They are great in a pinch. My only complaint is that they are a little on the small side so if you want a more substantial or decorative crimp on the side, there isn't enough crust to handle that task.

They also make great savory pasties. There was an article on this site with a method for butternut squash pasties and I've used the TJ crusts to make that recipe. A satisfying pasty dinner can come together in no time with these crusts in your freezer!

Trader Joe's Pantry: Trader Joe's Frozen Pie Crusts | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/6/10 01:07 PM

Restaurant supply stores sell these for much less than $20. I got mine a few years ago and I know I paid less than $10 for it. It's great for making large amounts of lime juice for margaritas.

Product Review: FreshForce Citrus Juicer from Chef'n | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/21/10 06:10 PM

I do this a lot for lunch, using whole wheat flatbread from Trader Joe's along with sprinkling some capers and a bit of red onion on top.

Easy Lunch: Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Open-Face | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/27/10 01:39 PM

I'd love to see you cover portable induction cooktops as opposed to these gas cooktops.

Five Two-Burner Cooktops | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/17/10 01:13 PM

Dansko clogs are the best. You need something hard that covers your toes in case you drop something sharp, hard or hot. You'll see a lot of professional restaurant kitchen workers wearing them too.

They also provide great arch support for those with flat feet.

What Are the Best Shoes for Cooks? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/13/10 11:28 AM