Tofu is a misunderstood ingredient and frequently criticized as bland, boring, or daunting. Learn the basics of tofu and how to transform it into a delicious dish.
An ingredients-first approach frees you from the limitations of a recipe. After all, who wants another to-do list?
Learning how ingredients work, how to prep them, and how to release their flavors results in faster and more intuitive cooking. Ultimately, this means dinner on your table faster.
Combine techniques with ingredients so you can improvise tasty dishes in less time.
Learn what ginger is and how to cook with this warm spice. Get tips on buying, peeling, and cutting ginger as well as how to substitute ginger in recipes.
Learn what tofu sponge is and why you’ll love it with soups, curries, and stews. Plus, learn how it differs from deep-fried firm tofu cakes.
Learn what egg tofu is and why you’ll love it with tips on buying, preparing, and storing egg tofu. Plus, learn how it differs from silken tofu.
Learn the difference between hot cocoa versus hot chocolate & which tastes better in a blind taste test. Find out how to make your ideal cup of hot chocolate based on the findings.
What are green onions? Learn how to slice, cook, and substitute green onions with tips on how to buy them fresh and what to do when you have too many.
What are onions? Learn how to prep, cook, and store onions with tips on substituting onions and pairing onions with different cooking techniques.
What Is Garlic? Learn how to prep, cook, and store garlic with tips on substituting garlic and how to avoid burning it when frying in hot oil.
Learn the difference between dark vs. light soy sauce. What types of dishes uses which? When do you use both dark and light soy sauce?
Most homemade chai recipes instruct you to crush your spices. Others recommend toasting. Does crushing or toasting your spices make your masala chai taste better? Is it worth the extra effort?
Are tea bags lower quality than loose-leaf tea? Should you switch? Learn whether loose-leaf tea or bagged tea is right for you.
A guide to tea for beginners and experts on how to prep, store, brew, and cook tea. Get ideas and learn something new about tea.
Does the advice to press and drain tofu apply to silken tofu? Learn about the dangers of pressing tofu and what to do about it.
Ever wondered what’s the difference between Parmesan and Parmigiano-Reggiano? Is the “real deal” worth it? Get pro tips on how to get more from your dollar.
Is using fresh garlic better than garlic powder or minced garlic? Find out in our taste test. Also get a handy chart for garlic measurement conversions.
No more excuses for using bottled lemon juice! Learn 7 different ways to extract lemon juice for cooking, baking, and drinking.
We answer the question “does tofu melt?” which is surprisingly asked frequently by people who land on this food blog. Well, does it?
Ever wondered “how do spring onions differ from green onions?” especially when translating between American and Kiwi (or UK and Aussie) recipes? Read on to find out.
With the endless tofu varieties available, the difference between silken vs soft tofu can be confusing. Learn what silken tofu is, why you should eat silken tofu, how to cook it, and how it differs from soft tofu. What Is Silken Tofu? As a recap from our What Is Tofu article, tofu is made from…
It’s no secret that Alex started a new hobby growing mushrooms. His hobby led us to discover exotic mushrooms that we’ve never seen before at the 2018 Fungi Fair in Santa Cruz. Have you ever tried any of these mushrooms before? Leave us a comment to tell us which mushroom was your favorite.