1. My 10.5 inch T-Fal Stainless Steel Skillet
Here it is, with stir fry. Granted a wok is always going to be the best thing for a nice hot stir fry, a saute of veggies, protein and sauce works beautifully here.
Here it is with a chicken skillet dish I did on a whim. Chicken thighs, butter, dry sherry, salt and pepper, parsley, italian seasoning, mushrooms and a bit of lemon juice.
Do you have a skillet? If so, what kind?
Can you believe I've never cooked with coriander before last week? I made African Chicken Peanut Stew (which I will post here soon, it was amazing), which calls for a healthy amount of coriander. I'm sure most of us who like to eat Indian and Asian food have tasted coriander. At first, I struggled to describe it. It is often compared to cilantro, which I find to be untrue. Coriander is bright but rich, and very herbal. It's scent reminds me of essential oils one may use in Aromatherapy. While it is a distinct scent and flavor, it isn't as distinct or strong as a curry, making it more versatile. I can see myself experimenting with this as a secret spice, whenever I want to brighten up a dish and also add depth to it. The link below describes it as lemon, sage, and caraway, which is the best way I can think to descrtibe it myself.
3. Lemon Storage Container thingie
4. Barkeeper's Friend
Speaking of skillets, one of the kind of pain in the ass thing about them is that you must care for them properly. It doesn't require a ton of maintenence, but I learned pretty fast that using soap will only leave a white residue on your skillet. So I recalled when a friend of mine had a can of barkeeper's friend to clean out his kitchen sink, which is porcelain. The sink was pretty well stained, but after a good wipe down with this stuff, it was gleaming whiter than Ryan Seacrest's teeth. I use it primarily for cleaning my skillet, and like it because it is very gentle and not abrasive. All I do is use about a teaspoon of this into the skillet, mix in a little hot water, and wipe it with a paper towel. You should not scrub your skillets with anything abrasive, as it can upset the material. This stuff can be used for pretty much anything, and is great for tough and delicate jobs alike!
There's my favorites for the month! Do you have any food/kitchen related items you swear by, are diggin right now, or have just discovered?