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Pan-Handling

Guide to Life: Season a Cast Iron Skillet

Cooking with cast iron is all about using a simple, high quality tool to create beautiful food, year after year, and getting better along the way. To do that you need to cultivate your culinary skills and keep your skillet properly seasoned, which is to say, coated in a hard layer of polymerized fat. We’ll deal with the latter today. Here’s how to do it.

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Brr Appetit

The Cold Dish Cheat Sheet: Eat Well, Stay Cool

Cool, moisture-rich dishes are perfectly refreshing in summer. Pulling ingredients from the fridge, or better yet, your backyard, and preparing them sans the uncomfortable added heat of an oven or stovetop is the ideal. In our cold dish primer, we examine five excellent cold-dish recipes, along with the “methodology” of preparing each type of food and optional accompaniments and alternatives to make your (picnic) table sing.

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The Heat is On

Grill Master: Tips for BBQ Bliss

Grabbing the tongs, stoking the coals and biting into a lightly charred piece of meat is and always will be a shared summer pleasure. That doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do it right. To teach you how to truly master the grill — or even just to bone up the old pros — we’ve compiled a list of 10 grilling tips (along with notes from Russ Faulk of Kalamazoo Grills) to make your sizzle entirely satisfactory.

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Bring the heat

Breakdown: The Kalamazoo Outdoor Pizza Oven

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is the Bentley of the grilling world, so when their Chief Grill master and VP of Design Russ Faulk offered to sit down with us to talk about a new Pizza Oven he’d developed, we brought a bib and hot pepper flakes. Find out what makes his latest pizza oven rig so special in our latest edition of Breakdown.

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A baker's dozen for the culinary nut

12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef

Blame Anthony Bourdain and his gallivanting food porn circus. Blame Bravo’s utterly watchable, bro-it’s-not-reality-TV show, Top Chef. Blame the hipsters, the bandwagoners, the trust-funders — and for Guy Fieri’s sake — please, someone, blame Bobby Flay. Because if one thing is certain in today’s chow-crazy culture, it’s that you’ve got a foodie on your holiday…

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One Smart Cookie

Cook’s Illustrated: The Science of Good Cooking

Think of the best home cook you know. Now think of their kitchen. It’s probably full of pots, pans, mixers and gadgets galore. Know what it’s not full of? Cookbooks. That’s because they don’t need them. Anyone can follow directions from a recipe — well, almost anyone — but not everyone knows that a salty…

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Hone your skillets

MoB | Cooking with Cast Iron

Pop quiz: Name a three things that get better with age. Wine? Of course. Beef? Within reason. The GP crew? You’re damn right, partner. And number four, for good measure, is a cast iron skillet. Before there were non-stick pans coated in Teflon or enamel, there was cast iron, the original non-stick surface thanks to…

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Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeef!

Introducing: The Month of Beef

It’s October, and what this month lacks in historical feasts and gift-giving holidays it makes up for many times over as autumn’s marrow. It’s apple picking season. It’s football season. It’s sweater and waxed canvas jacket season. It’s foliage season. And guess what else? It’s beef season.

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Moveable Feast, indeed

Critter Moveable Field Kitchen

If you’re a man who likes to cook outside the box (and the home) then the Critter moveable field kitchen just might be your perfect mobile culinary lab. Designed by Elia Mangia, the Critter was designed for serious gourmands who need extensive equipment with a view. Whether you don’t have access to a full kitchen…

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Good taste, year-round

Urban Cultivator

Looking to elevate your home cooking from Boyardee to Batali? Fresh herbs are an excellent place to start. The Urban Cultivator ($2,200) lets home chefs not living in the state of California do the impossible — grow fresh hydroponic herbs or greens year-round. The home appliance, which is roughly the size of a dishwasher, maintains…

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Some good pot

Vargo Titanium BOT Bottle Pot

Light and compact is the mantra of anyone schlepping gear from a to b on their own two feet. You have to be able to cook, eat and drink without looking like you just raided a Williams-Sonoma store. Vargo’s Titanium BOT Bottle Pot does just that, despite having been named by a less-than-poet-laureate. Made of…

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No pressure cooking

Kickstarter: Nomiku Sous Vide

Most of us need another kitchen appliance like Lebron needs to reconsider leaving Cleveland. The Nomiku, a KickStarter project, is an effort to bring pro-grade sous vide to the home kitchen, without incorporating an industrial-size immersion circulator. Sized to fit in a drawer and priced (~$300) to fit the amateur’s budget, the Nomiku is a…

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Cool Out(doors)

BaseCamp Refrigerator & Freezer

Love camping but hate truly roughing it? BaseCamp’s monster 42-quart Refrigerator/Freezer ($860) plugs right into your car’s 12V DC power system and can keep food/beverages/fresh kills cold at a 0°–45°F in one of two storage bins — leaving you to sit by the fire imagining whether you’d make it as a cowboy in the old…

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A new reason to dine in

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Have a date this weekend you want to impress and can’t get a reservation at Alinea? If you have some cooking chops, or a partner that’s attracted to unproven culinary hubris, we suggest making a romantic dinner for two with the help of Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140). The take home version of the James…

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Zone your technique

Taylor Grill Surface Thermometer

You need a hot grill to sear in the juices for that High Plains Bison that was just delivered, but you also need a sub-400 degree zone to make sure your investment doesn’t go up in smoke. To make sure you’ve got your grill in order, just place the Taylor Grill Surface Thermometer ($10) directly…

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Adventures in molecular merrymaking

Cuisine-R Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set

Are you having trouble getting a rez at WD50? Did your connections at elBulli or The Fat Duck across the pond fail to pan out? Well, you could own kitchen into an experimental food lab this weekend with the Cuisine R – Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set ($60). Yes, with some time and a little experimentation,…

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Your campfire's officially fired

Coleman Outdoor Portable Oven & Stove

The antithesis of ultralight backpacking? Hauling your own oven to bake 12′ frozen pizzas in the great outdoors. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the drag-your-home-into-the-bush mentality (we’ll wolf down a DiGiorno as fast as the next desperate soul after days of dehydrated meals), but at 41 lbs, Coleman’s new outdoor portable oven and…

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Gunmetal Great

Le Creuset for Garden & Gun

Le Creuset’s wares have always been a staple of upscale kitchens, but we’ve never particularly liked their boisturious color options. This exclusive gunmetal gray version ($300) of their classic 7.25-quart round french oven done in collaboration with one of our favorite Southern publications, Garden & Gun, however, provides a tasteful upgrade to the deep black…

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The First American Cookbook

American Cookery by Amelia Simmons

American Cookery ($10) is the first cookbook written by an American. Strangely, the only details that are actually known about its author come from the words “American orphan” found on the cover. Other hints from the book’s text suggest she was a domestic laborer who lacked formal education. The book was published originally in 1796…

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Never over cook again

SousVide Supreme

Sous-vide (pronounced soo-veed) is a rather nerdy, but effective cooking submovement in the world of haute cuisine. The term literally translates to “under vacuum” in french, and involves sealing food in airtight plastic bags which are then placed in a precisely maintained hot water bath for extended periods of time. Typically the water temperatures are…

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Old Meets New

AGA Total Control Cast Iron Oven

The duties of a traditional cast-iron range are typically three pronged: prepare food, provide ambient heat and heat water. They also happen to look like a million bucks. The trouble is, most take hours to reach proper operating temperature making them a poor match for busy households or those not fully entrenched in the slow…

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No more fishy business

For Cod and Country

We like author Barton Seaver’s new book, For Cod and Country ($18), for two reasons — neither of which involve the deplorable wordplay in its title. The first is that it’s filled with creative recipes for fish that will surely impress cod-fearing dinner guests if executed correctly (re: not like tuna surprise). The second, and…

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Oven Armor

Royal VKB’s Apron with Built-in Oven Mitts

Aprons and oven mitts in many ways perform similar functions. One prevents stains from scarring your clothing, while the other prevents scars from ruining your hands. This brilliant design combines both features in one convenient product, making it a bullet-proof vest of sorts for chefs. It even has two buttons at the waist for hanging…

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Dinner Is Served

Destination Dinners Recipe Kits

The biggest bone we have to pick with Food Network personalities — or any telegenic chef for that matter — is how much easier cooking looks when their ingredients are already on hand and nicely organized by an army of production minions. “Now just take seven- and-a-half peeled edamame beans wrapped in pancetta and mix…

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Bowled Over

Lékué Steam Roaster

A brand new bowl probably isn’t at the top of your Christmas list this year, nor will it ever be. The Lékué Steam Roaster by Compeixalaigua Design Studio ($40) sports a cool enough design that we’d at least appreciate finding it under the tree. Made from 100% “Platinum” silicone, its ideal use case involves a…

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Sodium Never Tasted So Good

The Meadow Smoked Salt Set

You don’t need us to explain how salt can add flavor to your food. That said, we’re guessing you didn’t know about this Smoked Salt Set ($58) from The Meadows. The set contains six 1.2 oz jars packed with some of the most exotic salts on the planet. The salts are then smoked to add…

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Putting Your Entire Recipe Library at the Tip of Your Finger

Demy Kitchen Safe Recipe Reader

Products like the Amazon Kindle, Apple iPadand Skiff E-Reader are clearly aimed at putting all those paperbacks you have lying around out of their misery, but what about your cook books? The reality is, none of the current crop of e-readers out on the market are really built to work in the hazardous environment that…

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Kiss Cooking on the Open Flame Goodbye

MSR Whisperlite International Stove

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Mountain Science Research is renowned for designing lightweight and efficient camping gear, and as a leader in stove technology the Whisperlite Internationale is arguably their defining product. Used and pushed to the limit by outdoor enthusiasts for over 20 years, the Whisperlite weighs in at under a…

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Great Tool for Keeping Meal Time on Time

Quad Timer Cooking Timer

Anyone who has ever hosted a big meal can probably relate to the stress of timing multiple dishes at once. While normally in these situations over-worked cooks might enlist the help of others in the form of “hey remember this time for me, will ya?”, the margin of error for this method could definitely use…

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Pack Your Blades Safely While on The Go

Monogrammed Knife Roll

Perfect for the finicky chef in your life or aspiring knife thrower , this knife roll provides protection and a personal touch to a cook’s most precious piece of preparation equipment. How do you like them alliteration apples? Made of water-resistance fabric, this simple pouch has eight reinforced slots for knives, along with separate pockets…