Kitchen Essentials: The Humble Storage Container

Food storage containers don’t rank in the A-list of kitchen gadgets like sleek Kitchen Aid stand mixers and shiny All-Clad cookware. But hear this: If you are interested in meals with any of these attributes–healthy, efficient, affordable, stress-free and/or tasty–then you need decent storage containers. The yogurt cups and take out tubs can (mostly) be recycled so get a set of sturdy containers that will last for years. Read more on the benefit.

Immersion Blenders: Economical Alternative to Food Processor for Creamy Soups

Food processors can be expensive, not only in terms of dollars but also in terms of the counter space they consume (a “cost” that runs especially high in small kitchens.)  But don’t let these barriers prevent you from experiencing the comfort and warmth of creamy winter soups.  An immersion blender is a much smaller and … Read more

Scrubbing Vegetables: “Veggie Scrub” Makes It Easier

Check out this great new 2-for-1 find:  A vegetable scrubber + fresh herb colander for just $3.50 Although I’m a still big fan of my $2.50 nail scrubber from the cleaning supply store, I put the “Veggie Scrub” to the test on Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes.)  These gnarly and knobby vegetables are the … Read more

Crockpots and Slow Cookers: What Is a Good Slow Cooker Recipe?

There are lots of slow cooker recipes to choose from. The problem lies in choosing just one or two to actually make. While a lot of that choosing is a matter of personal taste, here’s one thing I’ve learned specific to slow cooker recipes: Look for recipes that take advantage of a slow cooker’s two big advantages: cooking the heck out of tough characters, and fixing it and forgetting about it.