• Cooks' Tools,  Products,  Reviews

    10 Innovative Gifts for Home Chefs

    As a foodie and lover of kitchen gadgets, I annually compose a list of my favorite gifts for a home chef. Some of these I already own, but some are even on my Christmas wish list. These suggestions are for people like me, who would rather spend money at Williams-Sonoma, than at Loft. Let me know what is on YOUR kitchen wish list by replying at the end of the post. This article contains affiliate links. If you click and purchase, I will receive a few cents for each purchase.    1.ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 – The Mk4 takes all the accuracy and speed of the Classic Thermapen and adds a…

  • Desserts,  Recipes

    How NOT to Make Lemon Meringue Pie

    As you might know, my husband is in the horticulture business.  A couple of weeks ago, he brought home some lemons.  Not ordinary lemons.  These lemons were bigger than my fist. Celebrating Thanksgiving a weekend early, I decided to attempt my first Lemon Meringue Pie.  I searched several recipe books, most of which only used a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Having these enormous lemons, I needed a recipe requiring a significant amount of juice. Cook’s County to the rescue.  Their recipe for Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie requires an entire cup of freshly squeezed juice, plus some lemon zest. After some research, I discovered Lemon Meringue Pie is best…