• 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…

  • Healthy Eating,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Quick Lunch Sauteed Bella Mushrooms

    Baby Bellas are Cremini mushrooms that have been allowed to mature for up to seven days longer than commercial Creminis.  Available in most supermarkets year-round, baby Bellas have an intense, meat-like flavor when cooked.  They are at their peak in fall and winter.  A dark-brown, slightly firmer variation of the everyday cultivated white mushroom.  They have a smooth, rounded cap that ranges in size from 1/2″ to 2″ in diameter.  The Portobello mushroom is the fully matured form of this mushroom. Storing Mushrooms Most agree fresh mushrooms should be stored with cool air circulating around them.  I found recommendations of placing them on a tray, in a single layer, covered…