Category Archives: Cooking

Mathematical formula for a perfect bacon sandwich

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Did you know that there is actually a mathematical formula for creating the perfect bacon sandwich? I’ve never used a formula for any sandwich, so clearly the few I have made must have been less-than-perfect. The perfect sandwich took researchers at Leeds University over 1,000 hours of experimentation to find, using “different types and cuts of bacon, cooking techniques, types of oil and a range ... Read More »

Dad’s Spice Rub

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There was no shortage of Father’s Day gift ideas this year, but in the end, I still opted to go the homemade route for my father’s gift. I mixed up a batch of one of his favorite spice rubs, all packed up in a convenient shaker and ready to go to the grill. It’s a pretty versatile combination of salt, pepper and spices, including cumin, ... Read More »

10 foods you need in your kitchen

The EatSmart column from the most recent USA Weekend listed 10 foods that every cook needs to have in their kitchen. There are a lot of things that could potential fill up a culinary must-have list, so to narrow things down a bit, this particular list was composed with an eye towards eating smart – as you might have guessed from the column name – includes ... Read More »

How far will you go for ingredients?

While I appreciate recipes that allow me to use ingredients I have on hand, I don’t mind ones that present me with unusual ingredients if they promise a particularly tasty result. For instance, seeking out a particular spice blend for a curry dish at an ethnic market or going to a specialty bake shop for a particular flavoring every once in a while is no ... Read More »

Quitting to bake

Have you ever considered, even for a moment, leaving your job to take one in the food industry? While career changes in and of themselves are nothing new, coverage of them is, thanks to food-focused blogs, tv networks and larger newspaper food sections. Stories about leaving a corporate job to take up cooking on the line or to open up a bakery seem downright common. ... Read More »

Finding the perfect burger

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Burgers were big in the major food sections this week as everyone gears up for the summer, which is widely regarded as prime burger season. The NY Times recommended grinding your own meat for the best burger (it can be done in a food processor). The Washington Post likes their burgers a little thinner and leaner. Epicurious likes red-leaf lettuce on theirs and iFoods has an instructional video ... Read More »

A grill for minimalists

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 If the golden grillwas a bit over the top for your tastes (or your wallet, with it’s $12,000 price tag!), there are many alternative grills. I’d recommend something in the midrange, both in terms of size and price, for the average griller who wants to tackle great burgers, steak, chicken, veggies and the occasional grilled pizza. But if you are interested in the polar opposite of the blinged-out ... Read More »

Huevos Rancheros

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 It looks like Cinco de Mayo (as well as the 133rd Kentucky Derby!) is e upon us, so I thought that something with a little bit of south-of-the-border flare seemed to be an appropriate gesture towards the holiday. I could have made an intense Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake, but I opted for Huevos Rancheros instead. The name huevos rancheros means “ranch-style eggs” and the dish ... Read More »

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