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A few of my pinch bowls | DadCooksDInner.com

Things I Love: Pinch Bowls

Get your %@#$ together with your @#$%$#@ing Meez -Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential Mis En Place – from the French “Everything in its place” – is how professional chefs think about their work. They have to have Mis En Place – shortened to Meez in the hustle of a restaurant kitchen. To serve hundreds of meals a night, everyone needs their prep work done, and to know exactly where it is at all times. “Get your Meez together”…usually punctuated with a few choice words…means that you’re not ready, that you’re falling behind. Meez is a great idea in home kitchens, too. Now, I don’t go as far as professional chefs. I’m only cooking a few dishes at once, and I can multitask my onion chopping while the meat browns, and make the salad dressing while the pasta boils – but I can feel the difference once I have everything prepped and ready to cook. Everything slows down, and all I have to do is cook. That’s when I can relax, and enjoy the process. (Unless I’m …

Thermoworks Smoke Gateway – WiFi bridge

Disclaimer: I am a Thermoworks affiliate. Buying a thermometer through my Thermoworks links earns me a few dollars. I love Thermoworks thermometers – I was a fan of theirs long before I became an affiliate. If you buy a thermometer from them, you’re buying the best, and supporting DadCooksDinner at the same time. Thank you! Last year, I talked about the Thermoworks Smoke – a two probe thermometer with a remote receiver. Before the Smoke, my experience with remote thermometers was not good. They worked as long as I was standing near a window where I could see the grill – but if I went farther into the house…like sitting on the front room sofa – the remote was too far away, and it wouldn’t connect. (The worst ones wouldn’t know they were disconnected – they’d keep reporting the same temperature, even though they’re out of range, and I’d get chicken surprise when I went out on the deck…the bird would be 50°F higher than I thought it was.) I bought a Thermoworks Smoke and …

Electric Pressure Cooker Tote Bags | DadCooksDinner.com

Electric Pressure Cooker Tote Bags

Question from a reader: Have you tried a pressure cooker carrying bag? Years ago, I bought a slow cooker that came with a travel bag. I used it a lot, especially for potlucks and my annual chili cookoff at work. Now that I have an Instant Pot, my pressure cooker is gathering dust in the cabinet…but I miss having that travel bag. So, when I got this question, I went over to Amazon to see what was available. I found two pressure cooker tote bags: the $30 Pressure Chef, and the $40 Quick & Carry; I ordered them both to see what I thought of them. (The things I do for my readers…like order more stuff from Amazon. Quick & Carry Travel Tote Bag The Quick & Carry is the fancier of the two bags. It has a main central pouch for the pressure cooker, with a zipper around the lid of the bag to lift the cooker in and out. It also has two zippered accessory pockets – one on the top of the …

Instant Pot Ceramic Nonstick Pot Liner | DadCooksDinner.com

Instant Pot Ceramic Nonstick Inner Pot

Instant Pot has released a ceramic nonstick inner pot! (Yes, I know they’ve had one on their website for years, but it was always out of stock. This new pot liner is available now on Amazon, a sign that Instant Pot has caught up with demand. That said, if you want one, grab it soon, just in case it sells out.) Now, I prefer durable stainless steel pots. I don’t have much luck with nonstick – I always scratch it, and have to replace it after a few years. So, I’m reluctant to use a nonstick pot in my main, workhorse pressure cooker. The stainless steel inner pot is one of Instant Pot’s big advantages. But as a backup, especially for sticky recipes like Mac and Cheese? I’m happy that Instant Pot now has an official nonstick inner pot. Backup inner pots are also useful to have around. I have a few extra, for when I’m slow on dishes, or when I need a second pot to strain chicken broth. I’m glad to add a …

Things I Love: Oxo 7-Piece Measuring Beaker Set

I’ve talked about my love of Oxo’s measuring beakers – and I finally sprung for their larger, 7-piece set. My only question to myself is “Why did I wait so long?” The 7-piece set has beakers to measure 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon, 2 tablespoon, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, and 1 cup beaker, and they all nest together into a neat stack. (The smaller set only goes through the 1/4 cup measure.) I use the 1/4, 1/2, and 2/3 all the time; especially when I’m making stir-fry for dinner, and I need multiple sauces ready to go. But, most important – those colors. I’m a sucker for bright, beautiful color in my kitchen – and this set has every color of the rainbow, Roy G Biv.   Oxo Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set [Amazon.com] What do you think? Questions? New favorite kitchen gadgets you have to talk about? Tell us about them in the comments section below. Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe via eMail or RSS reader, recommend DadCooksDinner to your friends, and buy something from …

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Heads Up! Instant Pot Plus 60 is available on Amazon!

The Instant Pot IP-DUO Plus60 is now available for purchase on Amazon, with immediate shipping! Now, I don’t know how long immediate shipping will last – the IP-DUO80 wound up on backorder almost immediately – but if you hurry, I’ll bet you can get one soon. (Mine will be here Thursday…Amazon prime shipping for the win. I can’t wait!) Instant Pot IP-Duo Plus60 Electric Pressure Cooker [Amazon.com] Now, should you buy one if you already have a “regular” IP-DUO? Probably not…unless you’re a pressure cooker fanatic like me. The original IP-DUO is still a great cooker, and I don’t know what (if any) advantages this new cooker has. That said…I must have one. And, if you’re enjoying your Instant Pot so much that you’re thinking of buying a second one, now might be the time… (Or, if you’re patient, maybe wait for Prime Day in July? Amazon usually has the Instant Pot on deep discount.) FCC Notice: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you click through the Amazon links on this page, anything you buy helps support DadCooksDinner with …

Joule sous vide and LIPAVI Model C10 sous vide container | DadCooksDinner.com

My Sous Vide Setup (2017 edition)

Sunday’s picture of sous vide salmon resulted in some questions about my sous vide setup. Here’s what I currently use: Joule Sous Vide I love the compact Joule Sous Vide from the guys over at ChefSteps.com. The downside? It only works through the Joule app. The upside? It works with the Amazon Echo dot I have in the kitchen, so I don’t even have to open my phone: Video: Alexa and Joule [YouTube.com] The other downside is multiple Joules don’t work with the app. (Yet. ChefSteps says it is coming in an app update at some point in the future.) I do occasionally want to run more than one sous vide at once, so I’m keeping my Anova Sous Vide around until they get that fixed. If you’re not an Alexa or phone app kind of person, and want a manual control you can put your hands on, darn it…get the Anova Sous Vide instead of the Joule. LIVAPI Sous vide containers with custom cut lids The LIVAPI Model C10 is a 12 quart polycarbonate …

Gift Guide for Cooks – 2016

FCC notice: The links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on the link to Amazon.com and buy something before you close the browswer window, I get a small commission from the sale, and you support DadCooksDinner. Even better – you don’t spend any extra; the prices are the same on Amazon either way. Thank you for supporting DadCooksDinner! So…had enough gift guides yet? I planned mine a few weeks ago, scheduled it for today…and then every website IN THE WORLD sent theirs out over the last week. If you’ve seen too many gift guides already, I apologize. I went a little crazy with my gift guide this year. I started picking out ideas for different kinds of cooks…and got a roll. By the time I was done, I had enough guides for a week of posts. But, then came the flood of gift guides, so I decided to just do one and get it over with. Thank you for your patience. (Have I apologized enough yet? I know, I know…get on with …

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Wish List: Thermoworks Smoke 2 Channel Wireless Thermometer

FCC Notice: I am a Thermoworks affiliate – any Thermoworks products you buy through the links on this page will give me a small commission, and help support DadCooksDinner. Thank you for your support! That said, I love Thermoworks. I used their thermometers for years before becoming an affiliate, and highly recommend them. My friends at Thermoworks announced a new thermometer…and my gadget lust is strong for this one. The Thermoworks Smoke is a 2 channel wireless thermometer, perfect for backyard grilling and barbecue…especially if you want to grill year-round. The Smoke is a souped-up version of my ChefAlarm probe thermometer, with two heat-resistant probes instead of one, and a wireless receiver. Let’s start with 2 probes. Why is that second probe important? Two probes let you track the temperature in the food and in the grill at the same time. If you have long, outdoor cooks with charcoal (like, say, pork shoulder, turkey, or ribs), then you want to know the temperature of both the food and the grill. Even better, the Smoke has a wireless …

Thermoworks ThermoPop | DadCooksDinner.com

I’m a Thermoworks Affiliate!

You may have noticed a new entry on my sidebar: links to Thermoworks thermometers. I’ve recommended Thermoworks thermometers for years, and am a long-time user of their top-of-the-line Thermapen. Thermoworks recently approached me about being an affiliate; of course I said “YES!” What does being an affiliate mean? If you click on a link to Thermoworks on this site, I get a small commission on anything you buy. It doesn’t cost you any more, and it helps support DadCooksDinner. So, need a thermometer? Click on one of the links on my site, and thank you. Thermoworks Thermapen If you are looking for the top-of-the line thermometer, the workhorse I reach for every day, the fastest thermometer in the west, you want the Thermapen. I use this thermometer daily – if not multiple times a day. My opinion on thermometers is “buy the best, and only cry once.” The Thermapen is the best. Thermoworks ThermoPop That said, the Thermapen is expensive. If it’s too much for you, check out the ThermoPop, pictured at the top of …

Cast iron needs to be used

Cast Iron Needs To Be Used

Cast iron care really isn’t that difficult. The most important thing is to use the pan. If a pan is used regularly, with a light coating of oil, and a good cleaning every now and again, it will season itself. Mike Vrobel, April 2014, Cast Iron Care, DadCooksDinner.com Why don’t I take my own advice? The problem is, I want to be like Jeffrey B Rogers in his awe-inspiring cast iron YouTube videos. I see his collection of cast iron and think “What a great idea! I too should have a closet full of black iron pans!” Then, the next time I’m passing through Lehman’s hardware, I pick up another piece. I mean, why not? It’s only $15 for a 10.25 inch cast iron skillet. Why can’t I be like Jeffrey? Because it’s not about the closet full of cast iron, it’s about taking care of the cast iron. Jeffrey cares about his cast iron, and cares for his cast iron. Me? I care about my cast iron – once every couple of days, when …

8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80

8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80 Now Available For Preorder

It’s coming! The big brother to my favorite pressure cooker, the 6 quart Instant Pot IP-Duo60, is now available for preorder. (I think I sprained my clicking finger rushing to get my order placed.) [Update 2016-02-04: Sold out already! Amazon is reporting “not available at this time”. It will be back; keep an eye on that Amazon page.] The 8 quart IP-Duo80 is shipping in a May to June timeframe.  Thank you to Donna Haney at the Facebook Instant Pot Community Group for breaking the news. Pre-order one through this link, and help support DadCooksDinner at the same time: Instant Pot IP-DUO80 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8Qt/1200W