Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles SLIDESHOW: Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Ramen in the U.S. has come a long way. Once known only in its 10-for-a-dollar instant-lunch form—a staple of offices and dorm rooms all around the '80s and '90s—high-end real ramen shops are springing up left and right on both coasts and everywhere in between. As a half-Japanese kid in the '80s, I grew up eating instant ramen at least once a week, and it still holds a special place in my gut. That said, my tastes have changed and expanded considerably over the years, and sometimes that little flavoring packet just isn't enough. As a card-carrying member of the Ramen Transmogrification Society of Greater New York,* it is my duty, my honor, and my privilege to share with you some of our methods and recipes. For full, step-by-step instructions on any of these dishes, please click through the slideshow above. * Our membership is pretty thin right now—care to join? Simple Add-ins Mix-ins. Eggs
Top 10 Skills to Master Your Grill @jonny6pak: AFAIC, marinades are NEVER the way to go. I've never had a piece of meat that was somehow made better by soaking it in something. A brine will help tenderize and will flavorize to the extent that you like salt (and yes is much better than any marinade I've had), but honestly, I think a good homemade rub is all you need 99.9% of the time. I rub chicken, pork, and beef with consistently good results. The only meat that gets anything wet at all is ground beef, which gets egg white and Worcestershire (along with oatmeal, cheese (grated or sometimes stuffed with blue cheese), (usually) onion flakes, salt and spices—and a coating of olive oil).
cooking conversions A Culinary Tour of the US: 12 All American Foodie Picks Posted by Katie on Thursday, September 12, 2013 · 5 Comments The melting pot ethos of the U.S. has helped create some fantastic regional culinary delights. No matter where you visit, there’s bound to be a famous regional dish. Here are 12 cities to visit to taste the best of America. EatWith host David’s all-American Brooklyn pizza 1) New York City Cheesecake Image credit: vnysia Some would argue NYC is the foodie capital of the U.S. 2) Anchorage Salmon Image credit: wordridden In Anchorage, you can look forward to fantastic Alaskan salmon dishes. 3) Philadelphia Cheese Steak Image credit: yurilong Home of the Philly cheese steak. 4) Miami Key Lime Pie Image credit: ralphandjenny Home to an amazingly vibrant Cuban community, you would think that would be the cuisine to pick. 5) Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Image credit: kylewith Home of the deep dish pizza. 6) San Francisco Wines Image credit: gpaumier 7) San Antonio Chilli Con Carne Image credit: berlinerkueche 8) Baltimore Crab Cakes Image credit: hsuyo
The Perfect Pantry Article Kitchen Myths Season This With That: A Quick Guide to Common Spices for Common Dishes As the resident food lover in my family, I often get panicked 5pm phone calls asking how to season a bowl of steamed veggies or what can replace thyme or if there's a way to make this chicken taste less boring. While there is really no "One Right Way" to season or spice your favorite foods, here's a quick guide to some of the most common — and dependably tasty! — ways to do it. A Million Ways to Roast a Chicken When given the choice between fresh herbs and dried herbs, fresh herbs are going give you better flavor every time. I included several spice mixes here because they are convenient for seasoning a quick weeknight meal and also because they can be good gateways into new ways to spice your food. Think of this guide and the seasonings I suggest as a starting place. What particular herbs and spices do you like to use when seasoning your favorite foods? Teeny Tiny New Potatoes with Lemon A Reference Guide to Common Spices for Common Dishes Chicken Fish Pork Beef Lamb Potatoes
Feed The Freezer: Freezer Cooking Guide Are you ready to cook once, eat for a month? Time to try freezer cooking! The concept of freezer cooking goes by many names. Once-a-month cooking. Frozen assets. OAMC. Made in multiple and needing only reheating or final preparations, freezer meals are an easy way to feed the family fast ... and cheap. Because you make several meals at once, economies of scale speed cooking chores. Better still, options like "meal assembly franchises" help home cooks build frozen assets quickly. While pricier than home-prepared freezer meals, a cooking session at a franchise like Dream Dinners® or Super Suppers® can stock the freezer and teach freezer cooking methods to be used at home. Whether you cook once and eat for a month, sneak up on freezer cooking, or fill the freezer from the meal assembly franchise, get ready to feed the family--fast!
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10 ingredients to fancy up your meals Sure, you can follow a recipe and whip up something elaborate when you want to show off. But you don’t do that every day. We don't do that every day. We all look at what in the stores on the way home, or check out the sagging vegetables in the crisper and improvise. Here are 10 things that you can keep around the house to make those dinners you whip up on the fly seem more like restaurant dishes.Sherry vinegar Sometime in the '80s, Americans discovered balsamic vinegar, the sweet and syrupy condiment that Italians had been enjoying for centuries. Pimentón Another Spanish import, pimentón is paprika – but not that tasteless, dusty stuff your mother sprinkled all over the chicken. Smoked sea salt Food geeks are in love with fancy salts: pink sea salt from Hawaiian beaches, hand-gathered grey salt from Brittany. Pancetta Cured pork makes everything better, and there may be no more useful form than pancetta, which is basically the Italian equivalent of bacon. Shallots Miso Fish sauce Dry vermouth