"A wok is essential to Chinese cooking," said Ching-He Huang, host of the Cooking Channel's brand-new Easy Chinese: San Francisco. But, she warned me, it's just as important to find the right version for you, as there are many different selections on the market. Here's what to look for.
I have my mother, a longtime Vitamix devotee, to thank for this tip: the quickest way to clean a blender is to add water and then blend it!
Fill your blender a little over halfway with hot water, add a drop of dish-washing liquid if desired, then blend on low first. If the water level's not reached high enough to clean the blending container, raise the power level to high. Rinse (and repeat, if necessary). Is this how you clean your blender, too?
Source: Flickr User adpowers
David Chang, call me an irreverent home cook, but with all due respect, I'll use my tongs all day long. Tongs in the kitchen: are they trashy or classy?
Over the last few weeks, I've spent some serious time downsizing the amount of clutter in my house — and I'm here to say that it gets worse before it gets better. Ultimately, I did cut down on the number of products in my kitchen, but it wasn't until I'd combed through every last gadget and gizmo that I was able to recognize the diamonds in the rough. So here's my ode to key pieces I rely on nearly every day — fork, knife, and spoon excluded.