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15 The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices by Lior Lev Sercarz | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 20th, 2017 No comments

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15 The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices by Lior Lev Sercarz

15 The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices by Lior Lev Sercarz | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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** This book is available from the LA Public Library in print and ebook format

There comes a time in every cook’s life when you start to move beyond simply following recipes and begin to experiment more and more within those recipes. After that, more advanced cooks will reach for the next level — the graduate level, if you will. It is books like The Spice Companion that become part of your graduate food studies. Instead of dealing in the generalities of a specific cuisine or specific dishes, you go into the details of specific ingredients in your food. You dive deeper into more and more detailed levels of knowledge, so that, at the end, you emerge with a deeper understanding of how those ingredients come together in a recipe. With this deep knowledge, you can begin to create our own unique recipes.

The Spice Companion begins with some extensive and excellent information on the author’s personal spice philosophy, the history and origin of various spices, and how to source, blend and store spices. At its heart, though, The Spice Companion is an amazing reference book for spices of all types. A few random flips through the largest part of the book turned up spices I knew — like cinnamon and cloves — spices I had heard of but never used — like za’atar and wasabi — and spices entirely unknown to me — like Urda chiles and Sansho.

The detailed spice sections are amazing in their depth and include a photo and/or drawing of each spice, a description of its flavor and aroma, it’s geographic origin, its harvest season, which parts of the plant are used — like leaves, stems, seed pods, etc –, and an extensive About section that provides even more information about typical uses and dishes that can be made with the spice.

The author then uses a graphical icon-based system to show which dishes might use this spice, other spices that can be paired with it, recipes for spice blends with this ingredient and finally, a recipe that uses this spice blend. Wow! It is almost overwhelming.

There is so much information to be found within the pages of The Spice Companion. I can foresee reading in a random fashion, jumping from one spice to another, but also then revisiting it later for a full cover-to-cover read to deeply enhance my spice, blends and overall food knowledge. This is a book that should find a place alongside your regular collection of cookbooks to offer more specific information on spices while also giving your great ideas on how recipes might be “dressed up” or enhanced by the use of alternative spices

This is a book that should find a place alongside your regular collection of cookbooks to offer more specific information on spices while also giving your great ideas on how recipes might be “dressed up” or enhanced by the use of alternative spices. It is the equivalent of a writer having a great dictionary or encyclopedia at hand when they work. There are times when you simply NEED to look something up and The Spice Companion would be a great place to turn.

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13 Electric Kettles | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 18th, 2017 No comments

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13 Electric Kettles

From Douglas…

My wife gave up coffee several years ago. She started using an old stovetop kettle we had and then we had a coffee maker with a hot water dispenser, but after visiting the UK last August, I was reminded again how useful and convenient an electric tea kettle is for morning beverages and several other reasons. Once we returned, I was finally able to convince her to pick one up at the local discount store and I am glad we did. Along with heating water for tea, the kettle is great for jump starting pasta water and other cooking and also for cleaning around the house. I especially love that it has an automatic shut-off, which guarantees we never boil a kettle dry again. 

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Venison Pot Pie, Eureka Cafe, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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Our Morning Ritual – Fluid Espresso, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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Our Morning Ritual - Fluid Espresso, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

Our Morning Ritual – Fluid Espresso, Dunedin, New Zealand

We stopped here each morning during our trip to Dunedin. It was right across the street from our hotel and served up a great flat white. 

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Steak and Ale Pie, Eureka Cafe, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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Mr. Ferret’s Little Dance via Instagram

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Dinner with friends via Instagram

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05 Moka Pot Stove Top Coffee Maker  | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 10th, 2017 Comments off

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05 Moka Pot Stove Top Coffee Maker  | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

After our last trip to visit family in Sicily, I switched over entirely to their style of home coffee making — The Moka Pot. I am sure you have seen these pots in stores everywhere here in the US, too. Their convenience and the quality of coffee they make are worth the fairly low-cost price. There’s no need to invest in espresso machines costing hundreds of dollars if you only want a good cup of coffee in the morning. Even better, it works great on a camp stove, too! — Douglas

05 Moka Pot Stove Top Coffee Maker  | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

  • Produces 6 demitasse (2 ounce) cups of rich, velvety espresso in less than 5 minutes
  • Made of high quality polished aluminum in the classic Bialetti Octagon shape
  • Max Boiler Capacity : 10(fl oz), 300ml
  • Patented safety valve; Easy to clean and disassemble
  • 2 Year Warranty, Designed and Made in Italy

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01 Instant Pot Cooker – Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

Since so many people order their gifts online and ahead of time, I’ve decided to start my annual Gift Guide fairly early this year. This should allow you to find your favorite gifts — and perhaps recommend a few of your own wish list items to your friends and family — with enough lead time to assure they arrive in time for your holiday celebration, whichever holiday it might be!

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01 Instant Pot Cooker

It seems like everyone is talking about Instant Pots these days. This latest take on the pressure comes with a host of automation that makes cooking quick and simple, with a “set it and forget it” advantage for those of us who have trouble finding the time to cook healthy, homemade meals. — Douglas 

01 Instant Pot Cooker - Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Features

  • Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet. To maximize performance of cooker only use genuine Instant Pot accessories


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Fusilli alla Vodka with Basil and Parmesan via Bon Appetit

November 4th, 2017 Comments off

I am always on the lookout for new pasta recipes to try and, despite the ubiquity of vodka sauces, I have never tried making one myself. — Douglas

Fusilli alla Vodka with Basil and Parmesan via Bon Appetit

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