Category Archives: Cooking

A rating system for great barbecue (in Texas and elsewhere)

It’s been a while since I published my list of factors I consider in rating barbecue, and we’ve got a bunch of new readers, so let’s take a fresh look. Especially because I will be in Austin over Memorial Day … Continue reading

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Secrets of Bengali Cooking

Bengali food is unique among regional Indian cuisines in that it’s served in courses instead of all at once, a custom that likely derived from the French. It also incorporates an unusual range of unique flavors and aromatic compounds, a … Continue reading

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Easy-peasy favorite recipes

You don’t have to bust your butt to come up with a great result in the kitchen or on the grill. In fact, it can be a fun project to serve a dish that looks complex but requires little or … Continue reading

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2 new tools for pickling and home fermentation

When I did a round up of pickling techniques a couple years back, I gently scoffed at those airlock gewgaws which sit on top of a wide mouth mason jar. But now I have a two-pack of FARMcurious mold-free airlock … Continue reading

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Cooking with vinegar?!

Enter “vinegar” into the search box at right and just about the entire blog will pop up… seems like it’s almost impossible for me to cook without acetic acid (or its BFF, citric acid). In the spirit of TBT*, here’s … Continue reading

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How to reuse pickle juice

Don’t you hate it when people use the same word to describe two completely different things? “Grilling” is an example. It’s cooking things on a grill, obviously, but many say “grilling” when they refer to the process of frying on … Continue reading

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Corned Beef is on sale! Here’s what to do with it.

The best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is not the green beer, but the ridiculous loss-leader prices on corned beef. I like to stock up on a few points and flats for future experimentation. Here are a couple that have … Continue reading

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Make mine marrow (BONE marrow, that is)

My market had a special on marrow bones so I had to bring home a batch. They couldn’t be simpler to prepare and enjoy. Stand them up in a pan so the insides don’t leach out, then cook in a … Continue reading

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“Brewers Wanted” in New York craft beer industry

Craft beer is thriving in New York state, and somebody has to staff all those breweries not to mention the malt houses, hop farms and other suppliers that feed them. So Schenectady County Community College is piloting a brewer training … Continue reading

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Stuck on sticky rice

Turns out it is incredibly easy to turn out perfect Asian-style sticky rice… why didn’t somebody tell me about this before? Cheap, simple and delicious—that’s what we are all about at Burnt My Fingers. You can use it as a … Continue reading

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