Tools

Looking For the Right Tool for the Right Cooking Task? You don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive, but you definitely want to buy quality. Below are some of the tools I use in my kitchen. Just click on the link to learn more about what it is, what it does, what to consider when buying and some online resources.
 

Kitchen Knives | Choosing and Buying

September 16, 2012 3 Comments
Kitchen Knives | Choosing and Buying

Kitchen Knives and Cutlery By contributing writer Mark R. Vogel Chefs both have a myriad of other tools, but their blade is their primary instrument. You can get away with that cheap peeler, and you certainly don’t need a spoon rest, but a good knife is indispensable. If you’re like most people, you have one […]

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Pepper Mills

September 16, 2012 6 Comments
Pepper Mills

All About Pepper Mills Chef’s All Say, “Use Freshly Ground Pepper”   Why?  Because once the peppercorns are ground they start to lose flavor and after about 3 months there will be a noticeable difference. Test it yourself by grinding some fresh pepper and comparing it to the pepper in your spice cabinet that’s been there […]

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Wine Corkscrews

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Wine Corkscrews

A Good Corkscrew Is Important In Every Kitchen! A Good Corkscrew is an important item to have in your kitchen toolbox especially if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals. The Reluctant Gourmet has been known to enjoy a sip or two while preparing a meal. So lucky for me, I was given […]

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Cooking Utensils

September 14, 2012 1 Comment
Cooking Utensils

Cooking Utensils Don’t Get the Credit They Deserve I have an inexpensive industrial plastic slotted spoon that won’t scratch any of my nonstick pan surfaces, but I have to admit those stainless steel ones sure look good. I purchased my plastic slotted spoon at the same place I purchase my tongs but they are available […]

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Cooking Tongs

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Cooking Tongs

  Cooking Tongs might just be the most used tool in my kitchen! I purchased my first pair of kitchen tongs (not to be confused with those extra long barbecue tongs) in a kitchen supply shop. They only cost me about $8.00 but are one of the most utilized utensils in my kitchen. Great for […]

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Cookware | Choosing the Right Cookware For Home

September 9, 2012 8 Comments
Cookware | Choosing the Right Cookware For Home

The Four Most Important Features When Buying Cookware I don’t know about you, but there are so many different kinds of pots and pans out there that my wife and I tend to get a bit confused when shopping for new ones. I have some old hard-anodized Calphalon and some newer stainless steel AllClad pans […]

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Wooden Spoons – A Must in Every Kitchen

August 17, 2012 29 Comments
Wooden Spoons – A Must in Every Kitchen

Wooden Spoons – Why Chefs Recommend Cooking With Them I cook with wooden spoons that are at least 30 years old! Have you ever read a recipe that calls for “stirring with a wooden spoon” and wondered why? Why not stir with a metal spoon? Or a silicone spoon or spatula? Is it important what […]

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All About Whisks

August 17, 2012 2 Comments
All About Whisks

Whisk 1. Whisk (n.) A mixing tool designed so its many strands of looped wire make it effective for beating. (v.) To beat with a whisk until well mixed. History of The Whisk One day in the distant, murky past, someone grabbed a bunch of little twigs, held them in a bundle at one end, […]

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Why Silicone Oven Gloves Are a Better Choice

August 17, 2012 5 Comments
Why Silicone Oven Gloves Are a Better Choice

Why I Really Like Silicone Oven Gloves UPDATED: 3/16/15 I first read about silicone oven mitts and gloves years ago in our local paper right around the holidays and put them on my Christmas wish list. I’ll have you know I did receive a pair and have enjoyed working with them since. Here’s what I […]

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Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups for Home Cooks

August 17, 2012 2 Comments
Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups for Home Cooks

Measuring Cups & Measuring Spoons “Spend the extra bucks and purchase stainless steel rather than buying plastic or those cheap tin ones that bend in your kitchen drawer.” In the past, a measuring cup or spoon would have likely been whatever the home cook used to drink their coffee or stir their tea. It wasn’t […]

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