technique: coffee roasting 5

technique: coffee roasting
Freshly roasted coffee is great. Believe me, I am extremely skeptical of any fad where something cheap is marketed as having a more “special” version that conveniently costs more of your money to experience. Since I don’t have any kind of developed palate when it comes to wine, for example, you can find me sometimes...

appliances: the A-list

appliances: the A-list
I think that if you were trying to explain to an alien the essence of that side of American capitalism which is ridiculous, kitschy, pointless crap at its finest, one of the best places you could take them is the kitchen. It is amazing–exhilarating– to bask in the glow of that special mix of entrepreneurship...

bread: more equipment

bread: more equipment
Here’s some stuff to get in your arsenal if you love bread and are ready to start tackling the next level. Take a look at the recipes and techniques elsewhere on the site for some advice and ideas on new bread frontiers. Man, I love bread. Bench scraper: This was on the basic equipment list,...

coffee roasting: roasters

coffee roasting: roasters
As a foodie technique, roasting coffee is becoming one of the greats… you can’t go wrong with something so homemade, economy conscious, and delicious. It does, however, tend to have a polarizing effect on your cred, so be warned: some people will think it’s awesome and ask how to do it, and some people will...

bread: basic equipment

bread: basic equipment
Hopefully you’ve been convinced by me or somebody else to make some bread happen in your kitchen, because it is so great. If you’re on the fence about baking, it’s not that hard to give it a try. You only need a few basic items that I think will make the journey easier for you, and...

pots & pans: the A-list

pots & pans: the A-list
There are 75,000 different kinds of pans out there (unofficial estimate), and every single one of them looks sexy and exciting and 100% necessary for your kitchen when you see them hanging there in the store. But most of us who are filled with the desire to be awesome cooks are also plagued by the fear...

blenders and choppers: the A-list

blenders and choppers: the A-list
We got married fairly recently in our lives, and as those of you who have had a wedding will know, one of the bonuses (other than a lifelong partnership with the love of your life) is getting all kinds of stuff you didn’t have (or necessarily need) before. We now are the proud owners of...

coffee brewing

coffee brewing
I love coffee, which doesn’t make me unique, but does make me warm and happy in the mornings as I enjoy a hot cup of home-roasted goodness. My days in college as a Starbucks barista gave me a head start on coffee snobbery, and now that I’m several years older and a few hundred cups...