I know. The first time you’re faced with the thick, prickly skin of a pineapple, it’s a bit intimidating. More than a fruit one can easily slice, it more closely resembles some kind of sci-fi space rock. It seems like something one would need special equipment to pierce through, or know some sort of special knife skills to conquer. It’s actually super simple!
If you’ve ever chopped onions (and chances are that you have), it’s very likely that you’ve found yourself welling up with tears. It’s also likely that you’ve already normalized this to the point where you don’t even ask yourself why this even happens in the first place. Well, let’s break it down, and then talk about how you can avoid those tears.
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, or strawberry pear, is an aesthetically spectacular, tropical fruit with numerous health benefits and a delicious taste. It comes from the dragon fruit tree, which is part of the cactus family. Now that I know what it is, how do I cut it? Find out here.
Use a paper towel to rub your cast iron frying pan with a thin layer of seasoning oil. Make sure to rub it inside and outside the cooking surface, and on the handle. Use an oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable oil, flax oil, canola oil or grape-seed oil.
A high quality cutting board will be more durable, and maintain a knife’s razor sharp edge. Because it is easy to maintain, you will not have to worry about errand juice or bacteria build-up in cracks along the cutting surface.
If you want to talk about “comfort food,” it doesn’t get much more comforting than the delicious, thoroughly satisfying warmth of a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. There’s something about it that just feels like “home.”
For me, and I suspect for a lot of people, lasagna goes even beyond the inherent qualities of the dish itself. My Mom used to make lasagna every other Sunday when I was a kid, so its aroma and taste immediately transports me to happy memories of sitting around the table with my family.
I’d go so far as to say that the first bite of warm slice of freshly baked banana bread is like a good hug. Am I right?! If you don’t yet have this relationship with banana bread, do yourself a favor, because can’t we all use a little more comfort food in our lives? And February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day, so get to baking!
Today it is hard to go anywhere without finding a pizza joint, but it’s considerably easy (and delicious) to make at home. With just a few ingredients from your local supermarket, you can make your own homemade crust and top exactly as you like for pizza night.
A mismanaged steak is truly disheartening to see, especially when it’s a high-quality cut of beef. Knowing how to cook a perfect steak is a kitchen skill that will impress any dinner guest and bump your meal up from merely “good” to “exquisite”.
From pop culture depictions to our own personal histories, pizza is ubiquitous. As long as it exists, it will continue to improve our lives by filling it with delicious flavor. But there’s a way to improve on the pizza experience. There’s a way to make it feel even more special, more personal. Homemade pizza is a way to improve not only its taste, but also the significance of the act of sharing your favorite pizza recipe with a group of friends.
Whether it’s the summer grilling season and you need to add some variety to your weekly backyard barbecue or you want something hearty and full of flavor to pair with your winter squash, grilled pork chops are the ideal and often forgotten meat.
At heart, Alfredo sauce is butter, parmesan, with the addition of cream if you like: a comforting dish that is so much more than the sum of its humble ingredients. Learn everything you need to know about Alfredo Sauce and more.
Making hot sauce from scratch is an easy and satisfying way to spend an afternoon. In just a few hours, you can relish in fresh, spicy, one-of-a-kind sauce ready for topping or flavoring your favorite foods.
There are a variety of tools available to sharpen your knife and each tool has different methods that you can use. This guide will give a detailed description of which sharpening option is best for you.
A dinner party is a joyful occasion, and your guests will surely have a great time regardless of what you decide to do as far as table setting. But going the extra mile, incorporating decorative elements, and following these etiquette conventions will go a long way towards communicating to your guests how important they are to you, and making your dinner party an absolute hit.
Exactly how to clean and care for a wooden cutting / chopping board is a common kitchen conundrum. Knife lovers know. Good wooden boards will last a lifetime with what we at Dalstrong like to call “a little cutting board love.”
Best Chef's Knives
The chef’s knife is the most versatile and useful knife in your knife set. It is the one you will grab most often, the one you use for chopping, slicing, dicing and everything in between, and it’s the one you may even want to have two of.
Learn everything you need to know about the best knife sharpeners on the market. When was the last time you sharpened your kitchen knife? If the answer is “gee, I really can’t remember, it was so long ago,” your reputation as a chef might be in danger.
From knife block sets to steak knife sets and everything in between. There’s tons of factors to consider when it comes to deciding on a kitchen knife set. Even those who are already knee-deep in the world of knives can find it overwhelming, so for the uninitiated it can be absolutely daunting.