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The Quest for the Perfect Matzo Ball: Traditional, Sweet and Deep Fried Variations

There are many great foods that have been born, or, at least, popularized in America, from Jewish tradition- taglach, charoset, potato latkes, and those chocolate covered marshmallow things you eat on Passover. Some might even argue that gefilte fish is... Continue Reading →

Find the Hotspots in Your Grill With This (Not-So) High-Tech Device

A couple of months ago, I bought a new grill. I LOVE it. But I also HATE it. To me, grills are like running shoes. New shoes look pristine, don’t have worn-down treads or frayed laces and sometimes have enhancements over... Continue Reading →

Hot Summer. Dry Ice. (Making the Perfect Slushy with Your At-Home Dry Ice Maker)

I am a kitchen gadget snob. Not a whore, but a snob. What’s the difference? Think back to high school. The girl (or guy) who had the reputation for being “such a whore” was the person who kissed every guy... Continue Reading →

Tortilla or Not Tortilla, That is the Question (Or, The Secret to Making Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips at Home)

Introduction The folks over at ScienceFare.org (a favorite food blog I read regularly) recently published two articles about those amazingly light yet amazingly crunch tortilla chips you seem to be able to get at Mexican restaurants but nowhere else. In... Continue Reading →

It’s Cherry Season, So Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

Late spring into early summer is by far my favorite season for cooking and eating. The grill is fired up at least 7 times a week (sometimes more). And all my favorite foods are at their peak (like soft shell... Continue Reading →

Sleeping Turkey: The Tryptophan Myth

By Ross Goldenberg November 20, 2011 L-Tryptophan is an amino acid found in turkey that is a natural sedative. (Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin, niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin. Serotonin calms the brain and... Continue Reading →

Getting Fried on Thanksgiving: What Nobody Ever Tells You

By Ross Goldenberg November 9, 2011 Frying your turkey this thanksgiving? Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran of this fun, dangerous, quick and most tasty method, there’s one element of the deep fried turkey that nobody ever talks about.... Continue Reading →

DIY Individual Fondue Pots

Ask anyone who likes Illy coffee and they'll probably tell you that they have a hard time throwing away the beautiful tins that each pound of coffee (8.8 ounces, actually) comes in. I've been collecting them for years. (Every six... Continue Reading →

DIY Immersion Circulator

May 29, 2011 by Ross Goldenberg  Almost every serious home cook I know (and a lot of professional ones too) has an immersion circulator at the top of his or her gadget wish list. As discussed in a previous post... Continue Reading →

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