Take Out Style Pepper Steak Recipe

Pepper steak is one of the classic take out items of Chinese food restaurants and Take Out Stands across the country. While it bears little resemblance to its original dish (which contained pork, by the way), it’s still a fast and easy to prepare meal that’s quite delicious. [Read more…]

Sur La Table – Learn to Cut Like a Pro Class Review

Anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen can tell you that, many times, you spend just as much time prepping your food as you do cooking it. If you have the ability to learn a new skill that will make you more efficient and will yield better results in the way your final dish looks and tastes, it’s a worthwhile investment of your time. With that in mind, I signed up for a Sur La Table: Knife Essentials Class. [Read more…]

OXO Adjustable Potato Ricer Review


In this article I’m going to be taking a look at the OXO Good Grips Adjustable Potato Ricer. If you’ve spent any time shopping for kitchen tools or gadgets, chances are pretty good that you’ve familiar with the OXO brand and know that they have a reputation for durable, high quality products. That’s certainly true here. The lever part of product is about 15″ long and made of stainless steel. However, like all OXO tools, it has a soft cushioned grip wrapped around the lever handles, which you will appreciate on holidays like Thanksgiving when you’re making up a huge batch of mashed potatoes. A bit of history: the OXO “soft grip” was originally developed for people who had arthritis and had difficulty applying pressure on normal kitchen gadgets. It turns out a lot of folks really liked the soft grip, though, not just people with arthritis. The ricer disc blades are made from a thick piece of stainless steel, and the slots have a smooth edge so your potatoes will come out with a nice delicate texture. Rough edges would produce a lumpy, jagged, and inconsistent texture, not something you usually want in your food. [Read more…]

Baked Potato & Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

If you’ve ever met me in real life, you know that I’m a big Disney World fan. Ond one of my favorite special events to attend is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. One of the classic recipes that makes an appearance almost every year is the Canadian Cheddar Soup. While it’s really good soup, I’ve always felt it lacked that stick-to-your-ribs, OMG-that-was-so-good, I-can’t-believe-I-ate-so-much quality to it. I’ve been playing with the recipe for a number of years. After much experimentation, I found that I could achieve the result I was looking for by adding baked potato and few other ingredients. [Read more…]