Category Archives: Cooking

Judging BBQ at Troy Pig Out

Last Saturday I judged the team barbecue competition at Troy Pig Out in upstate New York, for the second year in a row. One of the seasoned judges shared some tips he learned from his KCBS mentor, and they’re good … Continue reading

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Register now for 2016 Kneading Conference

It’s just a couple of weeks till the 2016 Kneading Conference, a full schedule for which is available here. From what I understand from past participants, it’s like the best of spending time with the great bakers and teachers at … Continue reading

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Snows-style BBQ brisket for 4th of July

For the 4th of July meal, I decided to try Snow’s BBQ brisket technique as described by pit boss Kerry: rub the meat all over with salt with some pepper mixed in (I used about a 1/5 ratio) and let it … Continue reading

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How to cook and eat milkweed buds

We’re back with the milkweed. The sprouts we were sautéing whole a couple weeks ago are now 3 feet high and producing clusters of buds that very quickly blossom into pretty purple flowers. Should we pick, cook and eat milkweed buds? Of … Continue reading

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How to clean cast iron skillets

In my home are a number of cast iron skillets in various states of repair. The picture is my 12 inch Lodge. I use it all the time for steaks and other seared meats. I crank it up high, sprinkle … Continue reading

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Sous vide reality check

I’ve been doing more sous vide preps recently using the nifty content on ChefSteps and my Anova sous vide device. While I’m generally happy with results, I’ve discovered a few caveats. 1. Sous vide is not a miracle. This would … Continue reading

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How to eat dandelions

Hindbeh recipe I was looking for spring ramps in the Adirondacks last weekend and instead found a bounty of dandelions. Dandelions in all stages of growth: from barely recognizable to robust and flower-less to flowering to puffball. I picked specimens … Continue reading

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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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