If you are a person with family, friends, or colleagues, it’s likely that at some point you have either been or hosted a houseguest. Whether you are the host or the guest, you’re bound to learn a lot about yourself in these situations.
Are you that person who has dinners for the week picked out and fully shopped for and partially prepped by Sunday night, and every weekday you anxiously await coming home to cook your luxurious dinner? Or are you that person who drags your toes home after a long, strenuous day, desperately wanting to fall to your knees and lift your arms up to the dinner gods in the hopes that they will send you something delicious for you to eat on your couch? Well, I am certainly the latter, and to those of you that resonate with the former, I am very suspicious of your lifestyle choices.
So you’re ready to start using sheet pans more. You keep reading about these easy-sounding sheet pan meals that require almost no cleanup, or you want to have something on which to roast vegetables. Excellent idea! These babies are kitchen workhorses for good reason.
Pancakes are some seriously Betty Draper territory.
Sure, it’s easy to whisk together the batter. But otherwise, pancakes are the high-maintenance, narcissistic louts of the breakfast world. They demand that you stand by the stove, spatula at hand, watching them hawkishly waiting for bubbles to pop so that you can lunge at them, flip them, and deliver them to your hungriest-looking family member. One cannot easily multi-task while making pancakes. If you burn one and try to hide it in someone’s stack, that person will know, and likely weep.
Whether you're making stew, a savory sauce for braising, or a classic Italian recipe, tomato paste is a great way to add a punch of concentrated tomato flavor and rich thickening action to your cooking, but most recipes call for a mere one or two tablespoons of the stuff. Assuming you're using the standard 6-ounce can, you'll want to use up the remaining 8 or 9 tablespoons before it goes bad in a few days. Here are a few helpful suggestions for how to avoid wasting it: