10 Tricks to Make the Lazy Cook’s Food Taste Better

I never clean up as I go. Rumor has it, that's what the cool kids do. That's what the organized, methodical, by the book cooks do. The people who clean as they go probably also set up their mise en place and follow recipes too. All things which I'd love to be the type of person who does. But I'm not. I'm me. Being me means that I'm a bit of a hurricane, whooshing into the kitchen, chopping, stirring, mixing, cooking, racing against the imaginary clock of getting one thing done before the heat on the stove demands the next step. I took a knife skills class once and I learned a lot. I've … [Read more...]

How to Make Noodles in a Meat Grinder

 Chinese noodles with perfect bite, chew, texture, with half the work? Sign me up. After creating the hand-cut noodle recipe, I realized that: wait, I'm way too lazy to use the peeler to make the noodles for more than just Brett and I. But until recently, I didn't know what to do about it, so when I made dan dan noodles for a group, they had to be satisfied with my favorite store noodles. It isn't right. No, my friends deserve the bounce of a fabulous fresh noodle. Fast forward to last week, as I flipped around the internets, that wild world of wacky ideas, eventually landing on a Mario … [Read more...]

Does Serious Eating Run in the Family?

My little brother is coming to town this weekend. Here is the conversation between the brother and myself: from N to B date Tue, May 13, 2008 at 9:59 AM subject Schedule of Events Ha! I'm scheduling you in for events since  my usual partner in crime will have abandoned me for Japan for the week. Please let me know what you do or don't want to participate in. Sunday: There is a cheese festival at the pike place market. It's supposed to be nice out. And there are cheeses. And wine. Should be a good time. I'll need you here, you don't want to be at a cheese festival with a wussy … [Read more...]