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.
Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki

No… I’m not going to bust out singing that Japanese pop song from the 60′s that got renamed for the US market by some culturally insensitive prick record executive. Instead you get my rendition of this ubiquitous dish that’s become synonymous with Japanese food. Not that I have anything against record execs, or even renaming…

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

In a world where most clam chowders would be more aptly named “clam flavored potato soup”, finding a morsel of clam is like winning a Toyota Camry. It’s a feeling of elation that’s quickly tamped down by the realization that the rubbery clam is bland and tasteless. That’s not a problem you’ll have in my…

Hot and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are few desserts that I can think of that cause as much debate as the proper texture for a chocolate chip cookie. Some like them chewy, others like them crunchy while there’s another camp that prefers a more cake-like texture. I’ve always been on the fence, loving the crisp caramelized snap of a good…

Tripe

Tripe

Other Names stomach, tripas, tripoux, trippa Description Tripe is a generic term referring to the stomach of various animals including cows, pigs and sheep. It’s most commonly used to refer to honeycomb tripe (pictured above) which is the second stomach of a cow, however the first and third stomachs can also be called tripe. Confused…

Sesame Soba Salad

Sesame Soba Salad

Summer’s upon us, and while the mornings remain cool here in Napa, the blazing summer sun heats the valley like a giant clay oven. It’s the kind of weather that discourages any serious cooking, which is why I like to rely on salads like this which can be made before my place gets too hot….

5 Best of 2013 – Your Fav’s

5 Best of 2013 – Your Fav’s

Yesterday I gave you my favorite 5 dishes from 2013. Today, I have your favorite 5 dishes based on the total number of pageviews. I know that counting pageviews as votes isn’t the most accurate way of measuring favorites, so if you have a different favorite, share it with us in the comments below. 1….

Pizza and a dream

Pizza and a dream

Do you ever hear people talking about their technicolor dreams that defy the laws that govern our conscious minds and wonder… “hmm… is this person making this up?” I’m one of those people that purges his memories of any dream on my way to consciousness and as a result I never remember much of my…

Wallpaper Wednesday: Plaça Sant Josep, Barcelona

Wallpaper Wednesday: Plaça Sant Josep, Barcelona

No camera tricks here, this building is actually shaped like this. Plaça Sant Josep, in Barcelona, Spain. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Lemon Tarragon Polpette

Lemon Tarragon Polpette

Lemon tarragon polpette with caramelize tomato glaze I spent the first three days of this week in the kitchen preparing for a 75 person cocktail party I catered on Wednesday. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything on that scale, and to be honest, it was a bit daunting. It all ended up working…

Spaghetti Amatriciana

Spaghetti Amatriciana

Bucatini All’Amatriciana, like most authentic Italian pastas is a simple dish from Amatrice, where tomatoes are fried in the rendered fat from guanciale and tossed together with some cheese and Bucatini. But for me, cooking is about more than just following a rigid set of rules. It’s about working with what you have and making…