It’s always nice to put a little of your personality into a holiday gift. If you’re into cooking, your presents can reflect that. Those receiving the gift will appreciate the extra thoughtfulness more than a higher price tag. This is especially true for gift exchanges. Some people dread them, but gift exchanges are a great [...]

Christmas is all about generosity and gift-giving. If your true love fancies himself as a bit of a Gordon Ramsey, however, a partridge in a pear tree might not be the best option. (Unless he’s of a mind to serve roast partridge and poached pears at this year’s Christmas dinner.) While few presents are funnier [...]

Country-style ribs come from the blade end of the pork loin, close to the shoulder area of the hog. They may or may not include the “feather” bones and some of the shoulder blade, and you can find both boneless and bone-in. They are very meaty, meatier than many other rib cuts, and make an [...]

In the days before refrigeration, brining was used to preserve meat and fish. At that time, a it was necessary to add a lot of salt. Today, with our modern refrigerators, we need only add enough to do the job of retaining the moisture in smoked meat or fish. The way brine works is simple—all [...]

Updated Nov 1, 2016. Look, if you're serious about your caffeine addiction like me, then you NEED to have an Espresso Machine in your kitchen. I have one and I'm a fully functional caffeine-fiend – Actually, if I don't have my caffeine, then I'm not really functioning at all. Though espresso comes from what seems [...]