Spring Vegetable Pasta

Spring Vegetable PastaBlame 8 parts work and 1 parts lazy for the relative dearth of food the past few days.  Sometimes you just need a day or two to lounge about, not under pressure for much of anything.  I even got late night Korean BBQ out of the deal.  I cooked to be sure, and I kept camera tightly in hand to document for later use.

Our choice of what to make came down to having some asparagus that needed to be used in short order.  Our slight adaptation is to remove the peas from the recipe. Peas are awful.  I can’t explain to you how vile I find them.  Wretched legumes.

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Cooks Country “Cakes Throughout History” Infographic

I love the people at America’s Test Kitchen.  Cooks Country is one of their spinoffs.  Check out the cool Cakes Throughout History Inforgraphic they put together below – click on the image for a larger version.  There’s also some random information inserted for your “useless information” pleasure – like the origination of celery as a garnish for a Bloody Mary – definitely cake unrelated.

Cooks Country "Cakes Throughout History" Infographic

America’s Test Kitchen Rescues Your Baking With A Nifty Infographic

Ever start baking cookies and wonder what the hell happened?  How did you end up with a mess on your sheet instead of gooey goodness?  Masters of all-things-kitchen America’s Test Kitchen have created this nifty infographic which should get you out of many a baking jam.  Granted, you’ll probably want to familiarize yourself with it before you start putting stuff into the oven, but it’s a great resource to figuring out what went wrong and how to fix it.

For those unfamiliar, America’s Test Kitchen is like the Consumer Reports of cooking.  They’ll do anything, spend anything, and try as many times as necessary to get you the truth.  What’s the best chocolate cake?  How do you make the best burger?  What’s the best spatula out there?  Chances are they know all about it.  It’s not a free service – you’ve got to pay a little bit every year but it’s immensely valuable information and worth every penny.  They’ve got a TV show or two as well which show up here and there on public television, or you can follow that link and watch online.

Are your cookies are running together into one huge sheet?  Maybe your oven isn’t up to temperature yet, or maybe you should stagger the rows on your cookie sheet.  Burning your cookie bottoms all the time?  Throw down some parchment paper before you start baking them.  Check out the infographic below for more help on common baking foibles.

So be brave, fire up the oven, and make you and your loved ones some baked goods this afternoon with the knowledge that if things go wrong you’ll have America’s Test Kitchen on hand to bail you out.America's Test Kitchen Rescues Your Baking