Category: Chef’s kitchen

The Appliances, Storage, and Gadgetry You Need

For the home chef, the chance to design a kitchen is a holy-grail experience. The opportunity to select each and every item that goes into the best (the best!) space in the house is what sautéing, roasting, and poaching dreams are made of. More of a laboratory than anything else, it can be a place that allows the most obsessive cooks to fine-tune their creations, down to the last detail.

This kitchen is about endless possibility. The style smartly stores everything you could possibly need and is home to the devices that make any experiment possible, all while being intuitive

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The 9 Best Chef’s Knives for Your Kitchen (2020): Affordable, Japanese, Carbon Steel

A great knife is the cornerstone on which a great meal is built. But if you ask three chefs what makes a great knife, you’ll likely get at least five answers. The truth is that what makes the perfect knife for you will depend on many factors, including your comfort level with knives, the size of your hands, and what sort of food you like to cook.

That said, there’s a reason your basic 6- to 8-inch chef’s knife is ubiquitous: It’s the most versatile knife. The chef’s knife is capable of dicing veggies, slicing meat, chopping herbs and nuts,

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What cooking can teach us beyond the kitchen

Last month, we launched this newsletter and redesigned our recipe site with the same intention behind all of our cooking content: To bring the food of Los Angeles and by extension the world into your home kitchens. Cooking is more than just following a recipe, it’s learning. Sometimes, the lessons are technical — how to stir-fry vegetables or freeze them — and other times, they go deeper.

We learn from chefs and cooks across the city and country and pass their knowledge on to you by sharing their dishes and the stories behind them.

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Best knife sharpener for 2021: KitchenIQ, Chef’s Choice and more

Nothing will ruin the experience of meal prep quite so thoroughly as a dull knife — making it slower and making the food messier. Despite that unimpeachable fact, knife sharpeners are far less common in the average kitchen than many other tools. Some pro chefs sharpen their knives daily, but a home cook would benefit hugely from sharpening their knives even just once a month.

To illustrate how crucial a knife sharpener can be, consider this: I’ve used a number of chef’s knives over the years and come to appreciate each of them for their unique feel — the

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A Little Taste of Italy

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. — Time for some “Cooking with Costa.” Costantino Padovano is a personal chef and DJ, so expect to be entertained while you nosh on num nums, or fava beans and chicory if you want to get technical.

In this case, these num nums are flavors from southern Italy. Costa welcomed us into his beachfront condo to demo “the Italian way.”

Let’s cook!

Fave & Cicorie (Fava Beans and Chicory)


  • 14 oz. Dried Broad (Fava) Beans, peeled
  • 14 oz. Chicory
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
  • Sea salt to taste


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