Friday, July 24, 2009

Kosher Salt or Table Salt

One time I heard someone saying that Kosher salt is better for you than regular table salt. It was an interesting statement so further investigation was required. After a simple search, the information proves it wrong. Regular table salt is made of same percentage of sodium chloride as Kosher salt. Interesting thing to note, according to, one teaspoon of table salt is more than one tablespoon of Kosher salt. If your at the market and have only one choice, get Kosher salt.
Just stumbled across this article from Lauren Braun Costello on CD Kitchen. Just information for counter balancing food. If something is to salty or hot, just some simple tips with save your meal. Check it out.

Soup or Beef Stew Pots

We have always adored the Le Creuset pots, but with the heavy price tag it’s really more of an investment. Though they will probably outlast you, America’s Test Kitchen published a study on Dutch ovens. They tested the more expensive brands; All-Clad and Le Creuset against some of the less expensive options; Lodge and Mario Batali’s cookware. ATK recommended the more expensive brands (above $200) as well as Lodge and Mario’s brand ($50 range). With autumn fast approaching, start looking for sales in order to get ready for soup making Sundays.

The Perfect Cheese Plate

When entertaining it’s always important to excite your guests’ appetite with a great starter. A cheese plate can be easy to put together and requires little prep time. Next time your inviting friends over for a glass of wine, remember these simple steps.

*Don’t go overboard. A selection of two or three good cheeses will work. *Pair the cheese with fresh fruit. Try Grapes, strawberries or raspberries

*Bread or crackers give substance. A great Italian loaf with good olive oil for dipping offers another level of flavor.

*Make it simple. A nice thick wooden cutting board is a great way to display the items. Arrange items going from height in the center and cascade out or sweep across the board like a wave. Don’ cut up the cheese but rather use a cheese knife and let the guest interact with the items.

BuiltNY - Stylish reusable bag

Check out the new Built NY bag. Stylish reusable bag and expands with the products you load in. Great for bringing with to a farmer’s market. Stock up on ears of corn never worrying about the awkward size.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Grana Padano vs.Parmigiano-Reggiano.

After watching Barefoot Contessa today, a interesting tid bit was mentioned. If Parmigiano-Reggiano is a little to much on the wallet, try Grana Padano which is very similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano. The process of producing this type of cheese is different from the strict regulations of Parmigiano-Reggiano but can still provide the same flavoring. So next time your in the market, pick up some Grana Padano and add to your favorite pasta, salad or try dipped in some balsamic cream.