Month: January 2021

Your Pizza Stone Will Crack on the Grill (Use This Instead)

Cracked pizza stonearinahabich via Canva.com

When I bought my first pizza stone, let’s just say I had a hard time restraining myself from making pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. When I cracked a pizza stone for the first time, I wondered what had gone wrong and where my cooking technique had misfired.

Years have gone by since. After much research and experimentation, I’ve come to the conclusion that a pizza stone is not necessarily the best accessory for making baked goods—especially if you’re using an outside grill.

Is Blue Cheese Safe to Eat?

Blue cheeseJez Timms (via Unsplash)

Blue cheese is a moldy cheese made of cow’s, sheep’s, or goat’s milk and aged with cultures of the mold Penicillium, a genus of fungi that are naturally found in nature and generally responsible for food spoilage.

If you’ve ever wondered why blue cheese is safe to eat—yet other moldy foods aren’t— you’re in the right place. I’ve been a fan of blue cheese ever since I tasted my first bite of Roquefort that my dad brought back from a business trip to France as a kid.

From decades of eating blue cheese and much research on the topic of cheeses as a whole, here’s my take on the topic.

Does Pasta Water Clog Drains?

Will pasta water clog drainsJim the Home Cook via Home Cook World

Cooking pasta is all fun and games until you get your kitchen sink clogged. Seriously, this happened to me once when I hadn’t strained all the noodles from the water, and they ended up clogging the kitchen sink drain pipe.

That day, I had to spend hours figuring out what exactly happened and how to fix it. If you found yourself in a similar situation, you’re in the right place. I wrote this post so that you (hopefully) don’t need to go through the same experience as I did.

Is Detroit-Style Pizza Sicilian?

Detroit-style pizza

You haven’t been to Detroit if you haven’t had Detroit-style pizza. Rectangular and topped with Wisconsin cheese, sliced pepperoni, and homemade tomato sauce, up until recently this style of pizza was Motor City’s best-kept secret.

Until Pizza Hut picked up on it and made a Detroit-style pizza of its own. Now, the word is spreading around and pizza eaters all over the country are asking… where did this delicious style of pizza originally come from?

Why Is Blue Cheese So Expensive?

Blue cheeseTina Witherspoon (via Unsplash)

Blue cheese is a moldy cheese variety made from cow’s, milk’s, or sheep’s cheese, and aged with cultures of the mold Penicillium. This gives blue cheese its distinct look, taste, and smell. It’s covered with green and blue mold, has a salty, sharp flavor, and a pungent aroma.

Though blue cheese can come in many shapes and forms, most kinds of blue cheese are aged for 1-6 months, have a fat content of 28-34% per 3.5 oz, and a relatively high level of moisture that promotes mold growth.

It’s also one of the most expensive cheese varieties carried by grocery stores. So expensive, that one of the top things home cooks ask about it online is why it costs so much in the first place.

When Is the Best Time to Add Pasta Noodles to the Water?

Rolling boil (boiling pasta)

Tasty pasta is as much a science as it is an art. The art is in selecting and your ingredients and making the most of them. The science is in getting the timing and the technique right. When it comes to technique, there’s one question that home cooks often ask…

When is the best time to add pasta noodles to the water? As regular readers of this blog know, one of my long-time obsessions is Italian pasta. After years of online research and learning by cooking from the best Italian chefs, here’s what I have to share on the topic.

The Best Substitutes for 00 Flour

00 flour substitutestbralnina (via Canva.com)

As I was planning to make pizza yesterday, I remembered I was out of 00 flour. It’s an Italian flour I use for practically all of my pizza dough, so I found myself in a difficult situation. On the one hand, I was craving a good pizza. On the other, I knew I was missing a key ingredient.

So I opened my laptop and fell down the rabbit hole of the Internet, looking for good substitutes for 00 flour.

Apart from the fact that I completely lost track of time and the wife and ended up eating dinner at 11:20 P.M., here’s what I found.

Keep Food From Sticking to Your Stainless Steel Pan

Stainless steel frying panJim the Home Cook via Home Cook World

Stainless steel pans are the best choice for the professional chef and home cook alike. They’re well-built, long-lasting, and highly versatile. You can use them to sear meats, sauté veggies, and make pan sauces on your cooktop, but you can also bake with them in your oven.

Since they’re made of bare metal and have no Teflon or ceramic coating to worry about, they’re very low maintenance compared to pans made of other materials. You can use a metal spatula or stir food with a fork and not have to worry about damaging the non-stick coating; it doesn’t have any.