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Emile Henry presents the Tarte Tatin

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Not sure how to make the Tarte Tatin from my earlier post because you don’t have the right pan?  Don’t worry Emile Henry is there for you.  Made of the same Flame ceramic as their Tagine this means it’s lighter than comparable metal cookware.  This also means that the pan can go from the stove, to the oven and then to the table, you can even microwave it if need be.  The greatest feature of this Tarte Tatin dish is the included serving dish that allows you to easily unmold your tart and serve it to your guests.  Designed to allow you to easily use one dish from start to finish, this mean that now nothing will get in your Tarte Tatin competition dreams.  Available now from most Emile Henry retailers in either red or black for $120.00 pick one up and get your tarte on.  Hit the link for a pictorial look at creating this classic dish. 


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This tart won’t get you in trouble

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The year is 1898.  The place is the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France.  In this fateful year a delicious mistake saw the creation of the Tarte Tatin.  No one is really sure how this happy accident came about, much like the great chocolate/peanut butter debate.  Some say that a greatly overworked Stéphanie Tatin, the cooking half of the two Tatin sisters that ran the hotel at the time, accidently overcooked the apples for a traditional apple pie.  In an effort to save them she quickly covered them with pie dough and tossed them in the oven.  Inverting the apple tart, and much to her surprise, the guests of the hotel loved the dessert.  Others believe that she was simply creating an ordinary apple tart and accidently baked it upside down.  I personally believe she was probably just having fun in the kitchen.  Regardless of how the Tarte Tatin was created all that matters is that it was, and this upside-down apple tart made with apples caramelized in butter and sugar has been delighting diners ever since.  Read on to find out how to make your own Tarte Tatin.


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Before you toss a salad, wash your greens, with the OXO salad spinner

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I have a confession.  I like salad spinners.  I don’t know why, maybe it’s from watching the dryer at the Laundromat as a child, or maybe it’s from a wet lettuce trauma I suffered at some point.  Either way one thing is sure, when I became an adult (an event that is still up for debate as to when or if it happened) I set upon a journey to purchase myself the best salad spinner I could find.  After years of depression and searching, my pilgrimage finally ended when I found the OXO salad spinner.  Hit the jump to find out why.


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Bakeware Rose Nylund would be proud of

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Most people know the Bundt pan, what most people don’t know is that the Bundt pan is a registered trademark of Nordic Ware.  Despite the Bundt pan, introduced in 1950, being the iconic piece of bakeware that Nordic Ware is known for, the pan was not introduced until 4 years after they began.  Nordic Ware started in 1946 and sold ethnic bakeware such as the Ebleskiver Pan, Krumkake Pan and the Rosette Iron.  Not from St. Olaf?  Then hit the link for more info.


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If threatened by a pineapple don’t be scared just cut it

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Ever wonder how to cut those perfect pineapple rings you see on cakes or hams?  If you answered that they come from a can, while technically you are correct, you would be missing out on the wonderful taste of fresh pineapple.  Here to help us prepare pineapple rings, and no doubt lend a hand to SpongeBob is the Rösle Pineapple Cutter.  Read on to learn more.


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Cooking Alla Piastra

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Alla piastra simply means cooking on a slab or griddle.  Thanks to a collaboration between Mario Batali and COPCO we can experience this traditional Italian cooking method for our selves.   Perfect for summer grilling, this granite piastra will allow you to prepare wonderful seafood, fish and even breads.  Hit the link for more.


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Edge lovers rejoice!

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I have to admit I’m not a huge brownie fan, but when I do get a craving I always want an edge piece.  Unfortunately not being a brownie fan I usually get there too late and am stuck eating an undercooked edgeless middle piece.  If only there were some way to stop my murderous brownie center rampages, there has to be a better way to bake them.  This is where the Edge Brownie Pan from Baker’s Edge comes in handy.  With its unique shape it guarantees at least two chewy edges on every serving.  Hit the jump for more.


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Global Eats: Thailand, from Snake Whisky to Pregnant Crickets

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A thought towards Thai cuisine to someone with a western palate immediately conjures up visions of chilies and hot and spicy food.  Upon further exploration you learn that Thai cuisine offers up a beautiful symmetry between hot, sour, sweet and salty.  Thai cuisine delicately navigates the balance between these flavors creating other worldly dishes that are appreciated throughout the world.  Exploring even further Thai cuisine shows an exotic side that is completely foreign to the west.  Hit the jump to find out what exotic vittles wait ahead.


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If variety is the spice of life, BlueStar ovens will ensure a long one

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Are you in need of a new oven or stove, but just can’t pull the trigger because you can’t find a model that matches your dog’s eyes?  Well you may be in luck, BlueStar ovens are available in 190 colors, almost assuring your ability to match just about anything.  That sexy little number in the picture above is Ruby Red from their new line of gas wall ovens.  Available in 24″, 30″, and 36″ single or stacked models, they feature 25,000 BTU main burners with a 15,000 BTU infrared broiler.  All the models feature convection cooking and the 30″ and 36″ are large enough to accommodate a full commercial sheet pan.  Hit the jump for a color gallery.


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Thinking about having an affair with a fast food restaurant?

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Let me guess, it’s not your kitchen, it’s you?  Don’t think for a minute that this will spare the feelings of your kitchen.  If you do feel like the spark in the kitchen is missing, Susan Serra from The Kitchen Designer offers up a great article on how to keep the magic alive.  Before things get out of hand, and there is no chance of saving the relationship, read “5 Ways To Keep Excitement In Your Kitchen!”, your kitchen will thank you.

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