Find the Hotspots in Your Grill With This (Not-So) High-Tech Device

A couple of months ago, I bought a new grill. I LOVE it. But I also HATE it. To me, grills are like running shoes. New shoes look pristine, don’t have worn-down treads or frayed laces and sometimes have enhancements over your old shoes like “moisture wicking technology.” But those old shoes are, well, like an… 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 months or so my wife, Laura, nags me to get rid of them, but I’ve… 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 about the perfect way to fry a Thanksgiving turkey and dozens more about the not-so-perfect… Continue Reading →

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.) When people talk about how eating turkey makes you sleepy or the nap they’ll be… Continue Reading →

DIY Immersion Circulator

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 on Dulce De Leche, an immersion circulator heats a water bath to a specific temperature… Continue Reading →


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