Ingredients

Why Are Capers So Salty?

Why are capers so salty?

You’ve seen them in Italian, Greek, Spanish, and Mediterranean restaurants. They go in salads, pasta dishes, seafood, and poultry. With their distinct salty and tangy taste, capers are a great ingredient for your day to day cooking.

If you’ve ever wondered why capers are so salty, where they come from in the first place, and what recipes they’re best for, this post is going to satisfy your culinary curiosity.

Can You Grill Frozen Chicken?

Grilled chicken

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon. You’re drinking beer with friends in your backyard and you just fired up the grill. You promised the kids you were going to make their favorite barbecue chicken. It then strikes you… you forgot to buy chicken breasts from the grocery store. “Thank God,” you think to yourself, “I left some in the freezer from last time.”

There’s just one problem: they’re still frozen. This happened to me recently and, let me tell you, it took me some researching on Google to figure out what to do as I was grilling sausages for the grownups.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Canned Tomatoes

Canned tomatoes in a store

Canned tomatoes are a staple in kitchens across America. They’re also a home cook’s best friend. Cooked, peeled, and ripe, I always keep a dozen cans in my pantry and use one whenever I feel like making comfort food or preparing an authentic Italian pasta dish.

If you love canned tomatoes just as much as I do, here’s my list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about them.

Is Parmesan Cheese the Same as Parmigiano-Reggiano?

Parmesan cheese

Parmigiano-Reggiano is a hard and granular cheese made from cow’s milk and aged for 12 months. It’s 100% natural, contains no additives or preservatives, and lactose-free.

Parmigiano-Reggiano is made exclusively in Italy’s Parma, Reggio-Emilia, Bologna, Modena, and Mantova provinces. Translated to English, its name means “from the cities of Parma and the Emilia region.” About 350 dairy farms make 3.6 million cheese wheels every year, making Parmigiano-Reggiano production a $2.5 billion industry and one of Italy’s biggest exports.

The Difference Between Apple Cider Vinegar and White Vinegar

Apple cider vs. white vinegar

Tangy and zesty, vinegar is an all-purpose ingredient in home kitchens across the world. Whether it’s dressing salads, making chicken soup, or baking veggies, vinegar adds that distinct sourness and sweetness to your dish, elevating its taste and balancing out the other flavors.

Two types of vinegar that you’ll find in most kitchens are apple cider vinegar and white vinegar. And the differences between them are a lot more than their taste and color.

Keep on reading to find out why.

7 Delicious Ways to Cook Eggs at Home

eggs

From French omelette to boiled, fried, scrambled, deviled, and poached eggs… eggs are a truly tasty, versatile, and affordable ingredient in your home kitchen.

Cooking eggs is all about two things: (1) technique and (2) timing. If you get these two right, you’ll make eggs like a Michelin star chef every time you fire up your stove.

Check out our list of 7 classic and easy-to-follow recipes that you can get inspired from to cook perfect eggs for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

How to Pair Cheese with Italian Food the Right Way

Parmigiano Reggiano

From Neapolitan pizza and Bolognese lasagne to spaghetti alla carbonara and pasta al pomodoro, Italian cuisine has some of the most deliciously simple meals you can eat. And for any home cook, making Italian meals at home can be an art, craft, and mediation.

As in any cuisine, knowing how to pair cheese with Italian food can elevate your home-cooked Italian meals to a new height.

So here’s our round-up of the best cheese pairings for pizza, pasta, and lasagne.

Black Pepper vs. White Pepper

Black Pepper vs. White PepperDidier Descouens (via Wikimedia Commons)

Pepper is the culinary spice made by grinding peppercorns, the dried berries of one of 3,600 species of small trees, shrubs, and herbs in the Piperaceae plant family. The species in this family are pantropical, which means they grow throughout the tropical regions of the earth.

In order of magnitude, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and China are the world’s biggest producers of pepper. They produce respectively 163, 89, 53, 42, and 31 kilotons of pepper per year (1 kiloton = 1,000 tons).