Kitchen supplies don't need to be expensive to be good, often times the best things also happen to be the cheapest. Then there are times when you get what you pay for. I've picked out some of my favorite equipment, books and software here so you can see what I use in my kitchen and why.
Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Looking at the photo you may be asking where the wontons are. Before I answer this question you first have to undertand that texture is an important part of wonton noodle soup; the texture of the noodles, the texture of the wonton, and even the texture of the shrimp inside is critical to a really…

Poached Salmon with Salsa Verde

Poached Salmon with Salsa Verde

I love poaching salmon because it keeps the fish both tender and moist. The problem is, that by submerging the salmon in water, you end up losing flavor in the poaching liquid. That’s why vacuum sealing the fillet in a bag and cooking it sous vide is such a great solution. You get melt-in-your-mouth salmon…

Best Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Best Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Bacon aside, there are few things I love more than fried chicken. What can possibly be more soul satisfying than a moist flavourful piece of chicken encased in a thick, crunchy crust? Not much, I say. Yet despite my affinity for fried chicken, the crispy skinned allure of Colonel Sander’s Original Recipe overruns my better…

Skate with wine braised Cipollini and fennel

Skate with wine braised Cipollini and fennel

After a morning interview and an afternoon spent scouring Circuit City closeout sales, I was tired and not in a mood to cook. On my way home, I stopped at the Grand Central Market to pick up ingredients for a quick-and-dirty dinner that I figured wouldn’t be worth posting about. After a brief scan through…

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

With the mercury falling faster than the stock market, I decided to bridge the gap between summer salad and winter braise using the last batch of tomatoes ripened under the waning summer sun to make spaghetti and meatballs. As usual when I’m making an old favorite, I went searching through my archives to see how…

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

It’s the middle of summer and over 90 degrees outside, but I had to make French Onion Soup as a prop for a photoshoot… And it was worth every drop of sweat. Sure, I could have mocked something up with watered down coffee, bread, and cheese, but a fake dish never looks quite as delicious…

Cioppino (Seafood Soup)

Cioppino (Seafood Soup)

Cioppino with dungeness crab, shrimp, manila clams, and sea bass. Christmas for our family is a holiday for all of us to come together and share an entire day of food; it also happens to be my mother’s birthday. Since she’s more of a pescatarian than a carnivore, traditional Christmas dinners like ham and goose…

Mushroom Onion Pot Roast

Mushroom Onion Pot Roast

On Friday, I was on the subway heading home from a meeting that had gone really well, when I finally checked Twitter for the first time all afternoon. There was a deluge of tweets buzzing about the 3 finalists for Project Food Blog. At first I was shocked. Then I felt honored by the outpouring…

Shrimp and Avocado Pasta

Shrimp and Avocado Pasta

For me, cravings often manifest themselves as an emotional reaction to something I see, rather than from a recollection of something I’ve actually eaten. I was out grocery shopping the other day and as I walked through the mall connecting the grocery store to the train station, I noticed a big glossy poster outside a…

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is one of my favourite fall-back meals when there is nothing else to eat in the fridge. All you really need is some dried pasta, cured pork, good cheese and a fresh egg to pull off a delightfully rich and satisfying meal. It’s one of those dishes where less is more, so…