Month: March 2021

The Best Cast Iron Cookware Brands

Cast iron skilletDavid B Townsend (via Unsplash)

If you’re looking for a new pan or pot, cast iron is one of your best options. Skillets and Dutch ovens made of cast iron are sturdy, durable, and heat up evenly. You can use them on your stove, in the oven, or on the outside grill. Since you can cook with them over a campfire, they also work great for camping trips.

The thing about cast iron cookware is that it’s virtually indestructible. It can last you a lifetime and get handed down in your family for generations if you take the time to care for it well (by cleaning, seasoning, and storing it correctly).

When it comes to cookware, I abide by the rule of “buy nice or buy twice.” With so many brands out there, it can be hard to tell which are worth your money—and which ones to steer clear from.

So I created this guide to help you out.

How to Clean Stuck Salmon Off a Stainless Steel Frying Pan

Pan-frying salmon

There’s a reason why stainless steel frying pans are a favorite of professional chefs and seasoned home cooks alike. They’re great for searing meat, poultry, and fish, sautéing vegetables, and making the most delicious pan sauces. Stainless steel cookware has no ceramic or Teflon surface to worry about, and they’re generally easy to clean as they can go safely in your dishwasher.

Pasta in Brodo (Recipe)

Pasta in brodo

One of the many reasons for my long-standing obsession with Italian cuisine is its ability to take a few simple ingredients and turn them into some of the most appetizing and aromatic food you’ve ever had.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the recipes from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, known for its fertile lands, medieval towns, culinary tradition, and dramatic seaside. Today, I’m going to give you a taste of it with my Pasta in Brodo recipe.

Is Non-Stick Cookware Safe?

Non-stick skillet

In their simplest form, non-stick frying pans are aluminum or stainless steel skillets sprayed with a non-stick coating, which keeps food from sticking to them when cooked.

They’re ideal for preparing more delicate foods like eggs, fish, or pancakes. However, the non-stick coating eventually wears off with daily use—and you’ll have to replace them every 1-2 years.

The Best Cheese to Add to Pasta

Penne pasta with hard Italian cheese

Cheese, grated finely on top, mixed into the sauce, or used as a filling, can take your home-cooked pasta to chef-level. Knowing which cheese to buy at the grocery store and how to cook it with your pasta can make or break a good recipe.

In this post, I’ll tell you all about the six best (and most traditional) cheeses for adding to your pasta dishes. I’ll also give you my best techniques for adding cheese to pasta, so that you can excel at every recipe.

Glass-Ceramic vs. Induction Cooktops (Illustrated Guide)

Stainless steel frying pan

Whether you’re equipping the kitchen in your new home or are about to remodel your existing place, one thing’s for sure. For those of us who cook every day, the stove/cooktop is probably one of the most important appliances in the entire house.

I’ve used almost every kind of stove you could possibly think of. My great grandmother taught me how to cook on her wood stove when I could hardly see over it. In my college days, I threw parties and cooked for friends on the stained electric coil and old gas stoves in the apartments I rented. 

I dropped out of college in my junior year to start my own business. Luckily for me, it worked out pretty well, and I made enough money to graduate to a glass-ceramic cooktop. In fact, I kept cooking on one for almost a decade. Finally, about one year ago, I upgraded to induction.

In this post, I’m going to tell you all about the similarities and differences between ceramic and induction cooktops—and give you my honest take on which is better and in which case.