Month: December 2020

Is Greek Pita Bread Unleavened?

Pita bread

Pita bread is a staple food in households in most countries on the Mediterranean Sea coast. Served as a standalone dish on the table or used to make gyro, a Greek wrap variety, pita bread is a simple and tasty bread that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with as soon as you try.

Pita bread is also a topic of many questions for folks who weren’t born, haven’t lived, or whose families don’t have roots in Greece. 

One of the top questions that people are asking about pita bread online is… Is Greek pita bread unleavened?

Do You Have to Cook Store-Bought Pasta Sauce?

Photo of store-bought tomato sauceVadimVasenin (via Depositphotos)

As much as food bloggers like me like to preach that everyone should make their own pasta sauce at home, the reality is that some home cooks simply don’t have the time or intent to do that. 

Which is exactly what I like about home cooking: it’s your kitchen and your rules. You get to choose the recipes you and your household like—and cook with the techniques that you find the most useful.

When it comes to store-bought sauce, one of the top questions that home cooks are asking is… Do you have to cook it before eating it? If that’s what you came here to find out, I’ll share my two cents with you in the rest of this post.

Is Pita Bread Vegan?

Pita breadNancy Hann (via Unsplash)

Every now and then, my wife and I take a break from meat, dairy, and eggs—and go vegan for a week or so. During that time, we eat mostly soups, salads, roasted veggies, and raw nuts. I’m not going to tell you about the benefits of veganism here, but for us two, it does miracles.

I had some leftover pita bread in my freezer. As I thought of eating it for dinner, I thought to myself… Is it truly vegan? So I checked the ingredients and set out on the Internet to do my usual research. Here’s what I found.

How to Use a Pasta Insert (A Guide With Pictures)

Pasta insert

Are you here because you bought a pasta insert and are curious to see how to use it? Or because you’re thinking of buying one and wondering whether it’s even worth it. Well, my new friend, you are in the right place.

I’ve been using pasta inserts for years. And, though I can immediately confirm to you that it won’t change your life and you can for sure live without one, it makes cooking pasta much more convenient. Continue reading this post to find out exactly how.

How to Cook Dried Pasta Nests Perfectly

Tagliatelle nests

Pasta is a staple in our household. And pasta noodles like tagliatelle and fettuccine, which come in long and strainy ribbons, are our favorite pasta varieties. This type of pasta usually comes in pasta nests, including when dried.

Pasta that comes in dried pasta nests is tasty, lasts for a long time, is made by some of the best Italian pasta brands, and is carried in most supermarkets. As someone who cooks and eats it maybe a little too often, I’m going to share with you my best advice on how to cook it.

Does Salt Keep Pasta Noodles From Sticking Together?

Boiling pasta

Making pasta is as much a science as it is art. Which is why it’s easy for so many home cooks to get their pasta recipes wrong. I’ve been cooking at home for decades. I’ve also been learning how to make the perfect pasta by watching some of the best chefs in Italy do it.

One of the long-standing myths about making pasta is that adding salt to the pasta water prevents the noodles from sticking together. If you’re curious to know if this is actually true or not, keep on reading.

How to Tell If Sausages Are Off

Photo of sausagesLindsay Henwood (via Unsplash)

Not that long ago, I shared some tips for cooking sausages. Today, I noticed that many readers were stumbling upon this post by searching for ways to tell if sauces are off. So I decided to write a post on the topic.

Food safety and kitchen hygiene are two of the most neglected aspects of home cooking (and they shouldn’t be). Knowing how to keep yourself, your family, and guests safe from food-borne illness is just as important as having an easy and tasty recipe for any occasion.

Safety and hygiene become especially important when handling and cooking meat. Which is why I’ll be dedicating a series of posts on the topic.

In this post, we’re going to focus on a staple ingredient in most homes; sausages.

Should Pasta Be Rinsed After Cooking?

Photo of pasta shapesGastello (via Depositphotos)

Cooking pasta is as much a science as it is an art. You need to add “just enough” salt to the water to flavor your noodles, without having them come out bland or oversalted. You should use “just enough” water, so that the noodles don’t stick, but the water turns cloudy and starchy. And you should cook your noodles “just enough,” so that they’re almost cooked and slightly crunchy—without turning soft and mushy.

I know… Making the perfect pasta dish sounds intimidating at first. But as long as you know what to watch out for and how to do things right, you’re going to make tastier pasta dishes than the best-rated family-run Italian restaurant in town.

One of those moments is what you do with the pasta after it’s done boiling. One thing most home cooks do is to rinse it. 

Should they really be doing that, though?