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  I get sent a lot of cookbooks throughout the year, some from publishers looking for blurbs, others just wanting me to know a book has been published. Recently I reviewed some select books out this season for the Wall Street Journal (it will be online for everyone here after a couple weeks). One of those books, which I highly recommend for baking, is Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. But it is not featured above because I am giving it to someone who can actually bake. What is the story about the five books above? As I said, I get a lot of books throughout the year, more than I actually have room for in the downstairs of our house. Cookbook space is now severely rationed. After much difficult thought, the above books are the ones I Read On »

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Spoon Bundle w egg square

  Another chance for 50% off all Ruhlman products! We wanted to give you another opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for your friends and family! So we’re making all the tools from shop.ruhlman.com 50% off for ONE more day. Be sure to enter the promo code JOY into the designated field. Mac and Michael made these tools to make cooking easier and more fun. My mom loves using them and brags about them constantly. Most recently my friend Tricia Keels of No Chefs Allowed used the Spanker on air with Fox 28 in Columbus, Ohio, to make her Beer Cheese Soup. As you all know, the tools began with the simple offset spoon, Michael’s favorite. Great for basting and skimming as it dips naturally into the pan. The offsetness let to offset soup spoons that won’t slide into the soup! And then the big Read On »

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  This is the big ticket recommendations from last year (and the year before) because, well, the best equipment, lke fundamental technique, doesn’t change. Hope everyone had a happy and festive thanksgiving! It’s time again for my picks for the big-ticket items, those expensive appliances and pots that are game changers, but real investments. I’ve just started a relationship with Le Creuset, the company that makes the best enameled cast-iron cookware on earth. My go-to pot is the 7-quart Dutch Oven (they’re made in France and the company wants me to call them French ovens, which I find interesting since there really should no longer be a nationality attached to the thing; my preferred name for this one is “My Favorite Pot”). It’s what I bought my beloved Dad long ago; now, sadly, I have Read On »

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Spoon Bundle w egg square

  Hope everyone had a happy and bountiful holiday. Yes, it’s Cyber Monday! And we’re making all the tools from shop.ruhlman.com 50% off. Be sure to use the promo code: eggnog into the designated field. Mac and I made these tools to make cooking easier and more fun; and their distinctive looks makes them a good influence in the kitchen even when you’re not cooking with them. These tools began with the simple offset spoon, still my favorite. Great for basting and skimming as it dips naturally into the pan. The offsetness let to offset soup spoons, ones that won’t slide into the soup! And then the big offset serving spoon. Of coarse the flat edged wooden paddles are a must in every kitchen. I don’t care what Ted Allen says. I travel with them. But the Read On »

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One of Emilia’s sweet Chicago indulgences, these cupcakes are ready to be devoured, via Sprinkles.    

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