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Sous Vide 101: Easy, Best-You've-Had, Pan Seared Chicken Thighs

Sous Vide 101: Easy, Best-You've-Had, Pan Seared Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs. They are... easy? Or maybe just hard to mess up? No one gets particularly excited when you hear they're on the menu, though. You can transform your chicken thigh game with the sous vide technique, making this a cost-effective week night dinner a delicious go-to option. It's a little hard to describe just how delicious the crispy, pan-seared skin covering the perfectly cooked, tender, juicy meat is. Then,...
Sous Vide 101: Times and Temps

Sous Vide 101: Times and Temps

What's fun about the sous vide technique is that if you understand how it works, you can get many different types of results out of the same types of food by adjusting the cooking temperature or time.  There's a ton of room for experimentation and tailoring to get your meals just exactly how you like it.  If you are new to sous vide, it can take a little bit of...
Sous Vide 101: The Basics

Sous Vide 101: The Basics

Sous vide. Maybe you've heard of it? Or not. Or maybe you've heard of someone raving about it but didn't quite get it? We are here to help. Sous vide is a French term for "under vacuum". It refers to a method of cooking where you add food to a food-safe plastic bag, vacuum seal it and remove all the air. Some stop there and call it good, as vacuum sealing...
Make the Latest Foodie Trend at Home: Sous Vide Pickled Veggies

Make the Latest Foodie Trend at Home: Sous Vide Pickled Veggies

You've probably had it at those hip, urban eateries... pickled veggies as a condiment with charcuterie, on top of a taco or a salad. The salty, sometimes sweet, vinegary flavor cuts salty or fatty flavors so deliciously and adds a versatile, interesting dimension to many dishes. But, most of us have never ventured into at-home attempts at pickling. And for good reason. It used to be that pickling these veggies...
A Meal is Never Just a Meal

A Meal is Never Just a Meal

My grandparents were just in our home for a meal. My daughter's great-grandparents. She's lucky to have a set of them. We just moved closer, and I haven't seen them much at all in the last 10 or so years. Somehow, at some point, they turned 86. My grandfather walks with a limp from a stroke, and my grandmother navigates a staircase slowly and carefully after a bad fall a...