Showing posts from September 21, 2014

Need A Pan That’s Smokin’ Hot? Reach For Carbon Steel

Originally published  in Zester Daily, I have been very happy to have had so many friends buy the pan. Myself, I now own 10", 12.6" and 14" pans. I put away all my stainless steel frying pans except one I keep to cook bacon. For some reason, the carbon steel pans do not make good bacon.I love their easy clean up and the perfectly charred crust they create on whatever they touch. Of course, they are most effectively used at high heat, so you must be attentive at all times or risk your food incinerating. I hope you'll give it a try as well. Enjoy!Place a carbon steel pan on a stovetop burner on high heat and stand back. In minutes, the surface temperature will reach 600 to 700 F. When hazy smoke floats into the air, it’s time to drizzle a small amount of oil onto the pan. The oil scatters across the surface, looking for a place to hide from the heat. But there’s no escape. The oil accepts its fate, adds a bit more smoke and waits. Drop a piece of marbled meat or a bea…

These Days I Spend As Much Time at Starbucks as I Do at Home

Right now Starbucks has a "Sweet Receipt" promotion that rewards customers who stop by in the morning and return after 2:00pm. Bring the morning's receipt, choose any of the pastries and pay $1.00 instead of $2.45-3.45.
The promotion has been on-going for several weeks. Starbucks has promotions through out the year. Usually they are advertised with inclusive dates. The baristas I've asked don't know how long the promotion will last. "Sweet Receipts" was on my receipt today, so that means it's still going on. The next time you stop for your morning beverage and breakfast, ask for the receipt and read on the bottom to see if the $1.00 offer is still in effect.
You can have any of the baked goods: the almond croissant blossom, muffins, coffee cakes, sliced loaf cakes, croissants and scones. My personal favorites are the pecan tart and the George Washington Apple pound cake. Ask for them heated, on a plate.

Specialty coffee stores vs. Starbucks
The explo…