If you're aiming to become more organized in the kitchen, then you've come to the right place. We've put together a manageable meal plan for next week, grocery list included. (Here we're focusing on dinner for two, though recipes can be scaled up or down.) Click through, and cook along with us for five nights: each day's recipe will either set you up for days down the line or will make good use of previously prepared ingredients, all to make you more efficient in the kitchen.
Brewing a cup of tea seems like a no-brainer proposition on the outset, but as anyone who has suffered through a bitter, oversteeped cup can tell you, to do it well requires a pinch of know-how. If you have the packaging for a particular variety of tea, reference that first to determine its ideal brew time and temperature; otherwise, try our handy reference guide below.
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Regardless of your skill level at the stove, it never hurts to go back to basics and focus on rudimentary recipes that are the building blocks for so many other dishes. These aren't too complicated or expensive, and once you master them, we reassure you that you'll use them over and over again. Here are fundamental dishes that every home chef should know how to make.
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While a stroll to your favorite lunch spot can be a nice break from the workday, frequent takeout gets expensive fast. Moreover, long checkout lines aren't exactly busy-day friendly. Instead, think ahead and turn the night prior's leftovers into an enticing brown-bag lunch that is low-fuss to assemble, travels well, and will keep you full and satisfied for the remainder of the day. Keep reading for five ways to transform tonight's dinner into tomorrow's lunch.
Who says raw vegetables can't pack plenty of flavor? This vegetable sushi roll, made with creamy avocado and crunchy cucumber and carrots, has two secret ingredients: gomasio and umeboshi paste. Gomasio literally means "sesame salt" in Japanese. This condiment is sprinkled onto Asian cuisine like salt and is made from crushed, toasted sesame seeds and salt. Unlike salt, which only adds one dimension of flavor to a dish, gomasio gives food a nutty, roasted quality. Just be sure to keep your bottle in the fridge, because sesame seeds go rancid quickly, and nothing is worse than ruining a dish with rancid seasoning!
Also contributing to the saltiness of the sushi is umeboshi paste, or puréed, pickled Japanese plums. What does this bright purple paste taste like, you might be wondering? Umeboshi paste is at once extremely salty and full of savory umami flavor (the Western equivalent, in terms of texture and flavor, would be concentrated bouillon paste). Even just 1/4 of a teaspoon of umeboshi paste smeared on a sushi roll will give the sushi sufficient seasoning, so much so that you probably won't be tempted to dip the roll in a dish of soy sauce.
To see how this simple vegetable sushi roll is constructed, keep reading for the recipe.
Is sushi one of those things you're more likely to leave to the pros? If so, you're missing out, because homemade sushi's not nearly as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Cut your teeth with a California roll, then start experimenting with different fillings; we'll show you our foolproof techniques for everything from seasoning and fanning rice to rolling both basic and inside-out rolls. On Brandi: Closed Top and jewelry by Edward Avedis.
When it comes to weeknight dinners, there's nothing worse than a recipe that requires and lot of prep, let alone an outing. If heading to the store isn't an option, head to your pantry. Rather than resorting to costly takeout or a box of cereal, you can whip up a no-fuss meal with pantry staples. Click through to find out how easy it can be and what's for dinner tonight!
We've often talked about the wines we're crushing on; likewise, sudsy brews have had their moment in the sun. But this week we're changing things up a bit. In the interest of warming up from chilly weather and the ubiquitous resolution to eat more mindfully — also, we really like tea — we thought it was high time to feature the teas that have us coming back for sip after delightful sip. Keep reading for our top picks, ranging from chocolate and chili-laced chai to an Amazonian herbal treat.