lemon cupcakes

amazingly simple lemon cupcakes For Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces) 1 cup granulated sugar (7 ounces) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon table salt 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 1 large egg, room temperature 2 large egg yolks, room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract zest of one lemon (preferably organic) For Frosting 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 8 ounces white Read more [...]

sous vide chicken wings

sous vide chicken wings I was recently reading an article on Serious Eats about double-frying chicken wings. The author calls for them to be fried at a relatively low temperature (225F or so) for a long while to par-cook them, after which they can be chilled/frozen/held at room temperature for a time before they are fried again at a very hot temperature (400F). The result? Juicy on the inside and very crispy on the outside. The author himself likened this method to making duck confit – a process Read more [...]

grind your own meat

I can't say enough what a difference it makes to grind your own meat when making hamburgers, meatloaf, meatballs, chili, or anything else that requires ground meat. I use the KitchenAid Grinder Attachment since I already own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and it does a great job.  It's also easy to clean since it is removable and comes apart easily (and is dishwasher safe). A few tips to get the most out of this attachment: Trim gristle and large chunks of solid fat from the meat. Cut meat into Read more [...]

american-style lasagna

This isn't authentic Italian lasagna.  It's authentically Italian-American.  It's meaty, cheesy, saucy, and good.  It's lasagna like my mother and grandmother make -- comfort food to the highest degree.  It's also easy.  This could all be put together inside of an hour (and then baked for an hour). 1 package Barilla no-boil lasagna sheets 2 - 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I like Pomi brand) 1 lb ground meat (beef, pork, lamb, sausage, etc. -- any one of these or a mix) 4 TB olive oil 2 Read more [...]