Category: Kitchen Hacks

The Best Roast Chicken Is Made With Smoked Salt

If I were drafting an all-star team of pantry and larder staples, there are a few jars, bottles, and boxes I’d earmark for first-round picks. Like, I’d toss a jersey over to my Huy-Fong Chili Garlic Sauce right out of the gate. I’d pat my Hungarian paprika on its smooth, metal back and mutter, “Welcome…


Best Guacamole Recipe – An Easy Trick for Best Guacamole

Guacamole is like chili: Everyone has their own secret, best-ever recipe. And I’m not here to mess with that. Go ahead and keep making guac your favorite way—I’m sure it’s excellent. I am here to share with you a little trick for taking your guacamole, whatever your formula may be, to new heights. It’s a…


Quickly Soften Your Butter With This Easy Hack

Butter is an art, not a science. Cream or milk is churned—ferociously, lovingly—until it achieves the thick, spreadable consistency we love on toast, folded into cakes, or melted into shallots. Butter, that cornerstone of French cuisine, takes many forms. Like a chameleon, butter adapts to its surrounding temperature. In the freezer it is solid, icy…


How to Chop Cauliflower Without Getting Cauliflower Rice All Over Your Kitchen

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, is my everything. I’ve been watching her cook beautiful spreads in her spotless—but not inaccessibly so—kitchen, and then throughout the pages of her books, for as long as I can remember. My best memories from middle school involve faking sick so I could stay home and lie in my parents…


Tips and Tricks for Using Leftover Feta Brine Water

It’s no secret in my circle that I love salt—I’ve been known to sprinkle Maldon onto potato chips. So it was only a matter of time before I discovered the magic elixir more commonly known as feta brine: The salty, cloudy liquid in which hunks of feta cheese float. Photo by Mark Weinberg At first I…


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