11 Food Processor Tips for Bakers

When my friend Efrat asked on Facebook about the best tools for making bread, most people replied that they use their hands or a mixer. It seems that many people still see a food processor as a tool for slicing and chopping and the occasional cake. But if used correctly, the food processor excels at […]

Less Is More: Review of Magimix 5200XL Food Processor

A few months ago, the metal chopping blade for my Magimix 5100 food processor overheated and melted for the second time. The first time, I salvaged the machine. Since I was generally happy with the machine, already my second, and the others on the market did not appear to be higher quality, I decided to […]

The Story of the Melted Food Processor

Check out my review of the Magimix 5200XL. If you can love an inanimate object, then I love my Magimix food processor. Intensely. It’s a useful, durable, well-designed machine.  As Norene Gilletz wrote in her classic book, The Pleasures of Your Food Processor, the virtue of a quality processor is its ability to stop when […]

Get My New Book on Wise Use of Appliances

I’m excited to let you know about the publication of my first e-book. It’s called Cook Smart! Learn the Secrets of Your Kitchen Appliances and is currently available through Amazon Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon has a free program that will allow you to read the book on your computer. Cook Smart […]

Preparing Your Refrigerator for a Power Outage

As I mentioned Friday, I have a large amount of challah and quiche in the freezer for my son’s Bar Mitzvah. Then the electric company posted a notice that they are scheduling an outage for Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm. The last one was at night. It doesn’t seem right to expect families to manage in the August heat with no air-conditioning, elevator, or refrigerator. But be that is it may, at least we know in advance. If I had known when I baked, I might have brought them to someone else, but I risk them thawing too much if I try that at this point.

Help! I Have No Room in the Refrigerator

Today is Thanksgiving, and that means company. Company, of course, means food and cooking. Back when I reviewed Jonathan Bloom’s book American Wasteland, I mentioned his contention that large refrigerators lead to more waste. I agree that large refrigerators tend to be wasteful. Not only because you end up storing more than you need, and […]

What Features Do You Need in Your New Oven?

Reader Ruth Kilner, interviewed here, broke her oven while cleaning it. She asked me to help her shop for a new one, by advising her what features are useful. Before writing I asked my friend Miriam F., whom I consider an expert on kitchen equipment. She said that a feature she recommends has become more […]

Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass

I tend to flip quickly through new cookbooks, skimming over all of the recipes I know I’ll never make: The recipes are too complicated, I don’t keep the necessary ingredients on hand, or the recipes are just another way of combining foods that we get enough of already. But when Yosefa got interested in pressure […]

Are Slow Cookers Really Energy Efficient?

Slow cookers, first marketed under the brand name crock-pot, are often recommended for busy cooks. You put in the food, turn it on low, and seven or eight hours later you have a delicious meal. Frugal cooks prefer slow cookers too. But are slow cookers truly energy efficient, as is often claimed? Apparently, we’ve been […]

Tip: Use Your Dishwasher to Wash Produce

Washing vegetables under the faucet uses up a lot of water, even if you are efficient (keeping the faucet off when needed, and rinsing large amounts all at once). Long ago I considered washing produce in the dishwasher, but I didn’t actually try it until reading about it in unplgged. You can see from the […]