Posts Tagged ‘boil’

What’s Brewing? Dinner!

November 21, 2013

Detail of automatic coffee maker and cord.

Lately, I have been seeing all kinds of alternative cooking methods, ranging from poaching salmon in the dishwasher, to actually cooking the Thanksgiving turkey in it. One article suggested using it to wash large quantities of potatoes.

Of course we have all seen the trick of using an iron to make grilled cheese sandwiches, and isn’t a waffle iron just another texture of a Panini press or a George Forman grill anyways?
Today’s trick, discovered courtesy of NPR’s The Salt, shows you how to create an entire meal in a drip coffee maker!

While it seems a bit outrageous, we think it’s a stroke of genius!
Inspired by her nephew’s stint in Afghanistan, where the food was not up to par, and the only appliance the soldiers were allowed to have were coffee makers, Jody Anderson cooked up some recipes that he could whip up right in his quarters.

It turns out the coffee pot is very versatile, offering different cooking methods that can be used in tandem to create entire meals in 20 minutes.

The top basket functions as a steamer. Toss in a mix of cut vegetables that have similar cooking times. The vegetables can steam while the rest of the meal cooks elsewhere.

The vessel is the perfect place to poach meat or fish, boil eggs or grains, and cook oatmeal or soup.

The burner, albeit small, can be used to grill sandwiches, or fry an egg.

The NPR team attempted to cook a coffee pot meal, with astounding results.

They used the pot to cook up some cous cous, and then used it to poach a salmon filet.

While the food was cooking below, they steamed broccoli in the upper basket.

The finished product looked pretty appetizing, and the clean up was a breeze.
For how –tos, visit The Salt.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Cleaning a Burnt Pan

September 3, 2013

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Have you ever walked away from the stove and come back to a charred, burnt pan? Truth be told, it happened to me yesterday.

While my usual go to solutions helped: filling it with water and boiling it, and using Bar Keeper’s Friend to softly scour it, there is still a small ring of black char.

Next time this happens to you, use a couple of Alka Seltzer or denture cleaning tablets and let the pan soak. The residue should be gone in an hour or so! I’ll let you know if my All-Clad pan survived the ordeal!

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Peas Please

July 8, 2013

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It’s pea season, and the farmer’s markets are brimming over with shell peas. Pop the pods open and roll out the tiny green peas nestled inside. Each pod only contains a few, so if you are thinking about peas for a crowd, invite someone else to join in the task.

Lots of pods...

Lots of pods…

There are lots of reasons to eat your peas. They are high in protein, vitamin C, fiber and other healthy micronutrients and antioxidants.

Once extracted, the peas can be eaten raw, boiled for 20-30 seconds just to soften them slightly, or quickly sautéed. They are great as a side dish, with just a little butter and salt, or tossed into a salad. Peas are versatile, and can be used in pastas with a creamy or lemony sauce, or pureed into soups, and spreads. Add them to risotto, or grind them into pesto. There isn’t much these little green wonders won’t work with.

Not so many peas...

Not so many peas…

Feel free to share your favorite pea recipes in the comment section!

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