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Sleeping Turkey: The Tryptophan Myth

L-Tryptophan is an amino acid found in turkey that is a natural sedative. (Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin, niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin. Serotonin calms the brain and plays a key role in sleep.)... Continue Reading →

Getting Fried on Thanksgiving: What Nobody Ever Tells You

  Frying your turkey this thanksgiving? Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran of this fun, dangerous, quick and most tasty method, there’s one element of the deep fried turkey that nobody ever talks about. I’ve read dozens of articles... Continue Reading →

DIY Individual Fondue Pots

Ask anyone who likes Illy coffee and they'll probably tell you that they have a hard time throwing away the beautiful tins that each pound of coffee (8.8 ounces, actually) comes in. I've been collecting them for years. (Every six... Continue Reading →

DIY Immersion Circulator

May 29, 2011 by Ross Goldenberg  Almost every serious home cook I know (and a lot of professional ones too) has an immersion circulator at the top of his or her gadget wish list. As discussed in a previous post... Continue Reading →

Dulce De Leche: Redux

By Ross Goldenberg May 11, 2011 After over 14 hours of cooking and 4 hours of tasting our Sous Vide Dulce De Leche, the results are in! First a quick recap: Ducle de leche is traditionally made by cooking sweetened... Continue Reading →

In Search Of The Perfect Dulce De Leche (or, Zen and the Art of Sous Vide Milk Carmelization)

By Ross Goldenberg May 5, 2011 In my house, Cinco de Mayo is a major holiday. This May Mexican fiesta celebrates God knows what (a military victory, maybe?) but around here it’s a throwback to my college days. As a... Continue Reading →

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