I did two promotional videos for my new book, one a general description of the book (love that that one has a shot of Donna photographing, and one about an idea I thought people might call me out on. Even my recipe tester/organizer/overseer, Marlene Newell, had issues with this. Can food be a technique? I say it can. A technique is an action that has multiple applications. So while yes, an egg is an egg, it’s also an emulsifier, a leavener, a binder, and enricher. Therefore using an egg can be considered a core cooking technique. Knowing how to use salt, is one of the chef’s greatest assets. Learning how to think about these foods as tools makes you a better cook. Disagree? I’ve heard some gripes but nothing substantial. I’d love to read comments. Read On »

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Two years ago, Donna made a calendar of some of her favorite food shots. Last year she didn’t and several people complained. So this year she made one using some of her favorite shots from Ruhlman’s Twenty. I linked each one to one of the twenty techniques and also add some words about the technique and about the dish featured. The dates page includes process shots of the dish where there’s room. They’re printed on demand and shipped by Apple, so they’re a little on the pricey side. Sorry, but unless we wanted to print 10,000 of them they are what they are, $38 delivered. If you would like a copy of Donna’s Ruhlman’s Twenty Calendar, it works like her ratio chart. Here’s what to do: Go to paypal.com, an excellent and secure way to Read On »

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The dastardly minds at OpenSky have created an extraordinary collection of kitchen tools to lure you into their clutches. You are hereby forewarned! But the fact is, they really are offering all of these great tools to one lucky winner who will get all of the above.  All you have to do is follow me on OpenSky and you’re entered.  (For those who already follow me there, you are already automatically entered!) Click here for a chance to win these kitchen essentials at OpenSky. For those of you not familiar with OpenSky, it’s a relatively new ecommerce site sourcing cool stuff recommended by food, health, style and design experts. They allow me to recommend kitchen tools I personally love. I only offer tools and food products I would buy and use myself, and only if Read On »

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They’re here at last, the reason Mac and I began this venture, the offset spoon, aka the Basting Tasting and Saucing spoon. These are the most versatile spoons in the kitchen, beautifully balanced, gorgeously designed, incredibly practical. My son James shot and did most of the editing on this video, for which I’m grateful; thanks James. We’re getting there. I daresay the spoons are of a better finished quality than the video! But we try! They’re only available from me at opensky, my partner in internet shopping. If you’re interested in the details, or are interested in other Dalton-Ruhlman tools as well as other products I recommend, go to my tools and specialty foods page at opensky.com.   If you liked this post on the new Dalton-Ruhlman offset spoons, check out these other links: My Read On »

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This one was all Mac.  Mac Dalton who, at a New Years All Day Eat and Drink party at our house, arrived early and shoveled the walk, dry-humped guests at random (“Cut it out, Mac” was the typical response), helped me cook and feed thirty people laughing the entire time, dropped trou to show us his favorite Christmas gift (Scooby Doo boxers), and single handedly did every dish and glass in the house at the end of the night (and at parties like that you use every single glass available). That’s Mac. He did one other thing that day. He said, “Hey, Michael. I gotta show you what I do. I make things. I can make anything, what do you want to make?” I picked up the offset spoon, one I bent myself pictured in Read On »

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