How to: Brown Butter

How to Brown Butter by My Utensil Crock

If you have never browned butter, it's time. I don't know the whole science behind browned butter, and you aren't going to hear about milkfat and clarified butter* from me (* I am pretty sure those terms are related to browned butter). Just a lot of step-by-step photos showing you How to Brown Butter, and untold praise of this magic … [Read more...]

How to: Make Buttermilk at Home {Two Ing...

How to Make Your Own Buttermilk! by My Utensil Crock

Have you bought a carton of buttermilk? Have you ever used all of it before its expiration? I know. I make my own buttermilk, with just two staple ingredients: skim milk and fresh lemon juice.  In short, the lemon juice curdles the milk, and the resulting concoction can be substituted for buttermilk in any baking recipe, or similar, … [Read more...]

How to: Microwave Bacon

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One thing I don't love about cooking blogs is when the author gets too in-deep with the personal stories. Know what I mean? It's like - all you want is to know how to cook crispy bacon in the microwave in one easy step, and to get to the info you have to read through an homage to, like, some random dog's birthday, you know? Well, guess what. My … [Read more...]

New Venture: Cooking Classes!

Prequel Culinary Education

I have been hinting that good things were on the horizon, and I am SO EXCITED to announce the launch of this venture! Prequel is a new innovative concept in Washington DC that describes themselves as a "Megaplex for Foodies." I'm in! Prequel asked if I would be interested in teaching cooking classes. I laughed, thinking about the advanced … [Read more...]

Homemade Onion Herb Mix

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The first time I made a recipe that used onion soup mix as an ingredient, it seemed easy enough to buy, keep on hand, and use in recipes like meatloaf, brisket, and dips. It seemed to add a lot of flavor, and I figured there were a lot of flavors in the packet that I could not replicate on my own. Um, how could I even begin to replicate this … [Read more...]

Fave: Odd-Sized Measuring Cups

Odd-Size Measuring Cups

Standard measuring cups come in a set of four: 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup. You can assemble pretty much any measurement with these tools. But if you bake a lot, it can be annoying to scoop BOTH 1/4 cup AND 1/2 cup to make 3/4 cup. #firstworldproblems #foodbloggerproblems #momthisisahashtag In all seriousness - as serious as a blog … [Read more...]

How to: Make Kale Chips

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Guess what. You have ONE day until New Year's resolutions begin. One more day to live it up before it's back to salads and the overcrowded January gym for you. I hope you enjoy it! I will start the January detox one day early for you, with Kale Chips. If you have not yet tried Kale Chips, SPOILER ALERT: they are not chips. They are kale. Kale … [Read more...]

How to: Make Pumpkin Puree

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The changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall is more than breathing the crispness in the air, pulling out sweaters and boots from the back of the closet, and paging through pictures of friends' kids on Facebook dressed like small animals. Although I do love all of those things! I also love the first sugar pumpkin of the season. Slicing off … [Read more...]

Fave: Food Processor

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At a recent Cooking Club, AWP asked the group: "What kitchen appliance can you not live without?" I answered first, and quickly. "Food processor." Sturdy, dependable, versatile, fast. I present to you: my food processor. Available on Amazon.com for $69.99, shipping included. In my opinion, that is a great value for this product. [Note: … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Asparagus

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I blinked and almost missed it: asparagus season! Asparagus is a spring vegetable, which is something you may only realize if you frequent local farmer's markets - in grocery stores, it is pretty much always in season. In honor of this unique vegetable, let's fire up the oven! Preheat the oven to 400 or 425 - anywhere in there works! To prepare … [Read more...]