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.

11 Sides That Go Deliciously Well With Salmon

Salmon fillets

Whether you want a hearty and healthy dinner, seafood your house party guests will fall in love with, or simply some protein to eat tonight and snack on leftovers tomorrow, salmon makes for the perfect meal for pretty much any occasion.

Rich in protein and packed with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is not only ridiculously good for you, it’s also amazingly delicious. To make it even better, we’re going to share our best ideas for sides that taste great with salmon; no matter if you like yours fried, seared, baked, poached, sous vide, or smoked.

From blanched and sautéed greens to roasted vegetables and bagels, here’s the 11 best sides that go deliciously well with salmon.

The Best Food & Drinks to Serve at a Fish Fry

Fish fry

For some of you, Friday nights are all about gathering up with friends and family around the smell of golden fried fish, lemon, and tartar sauce. Popular in the Midwest, North, and Southeast, the fish fry comes from an end-of-week tradition of Roman Catholics in the US.

No wonder the fish fry came to be in the Midwest. It’s a region of North America that’s full of great lakes. Fishermen quickly learned that bluegill, perch, and walleye made for a fantastic meal to feed their families and share with their neighbours.

The fish fry quickly spread across the country and turned into a national tradition for Americans who live near water and like to share their freshest catch at dinner parties in their backyards. If you’re one of them, this blog post is for you.

I’m going to share my best ideas for what to serve at a summer fish fry party. Continue reading if I’ve got you curious.

How to Make Neapolitan-Style Pizza at Home

Neapolitan pizza

Neapolitan pizza is the most authentic, traditional, and delicious style of Italian pizza. Topped with fresh ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves, this style of pizza comes with an airy crust.

The crust is so light and fluffy that, when you squeeze it, it goes right back up. The sauce is simple and reveals the taste of the tomatoes. And the mozzarella is light and watery.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through my six steps to making Neapolitan-style pizza from scratch at home.

9 Appetizers and Salads to Serve at a BBQ

Appetizers

There’s nothing like a good old barbecue. Get your family and friends together, put beers in the fridge, and fire up the grill for dinner. No matter if you’re making barbecue beef, pork, or chicken, here’s a list of delicious appetizers and salads to pair with the meat.

These appetizers and salads for BBQ are so good, they may even outshine your main course! Check them out and include them to the spread the next time you have a crowd in your backyard.

12 Cooking Skills for Beginners

Beginner cooking skills

So you want to start cooking at home, but have never done it before?

The good news is that cooking is just like any other acquired skill: you don’t need to be born with natural talent to become good at it.

Though cooking is often tricky at first, the truth is that anyone can become a great cook. All it takes is a little knowledge—and plenty of practice!

In this post, I’m going to teach you the X most essential cooking skills for beginners, so that you can fire up the stove and get started with your first salads, fried eggs, and browned steak.

So keep on reading if I’ve got you curious.