Cooking, Kitchen Tools

Know Your Knives: Infographic

No Comments 21 April 2013

Today we’ve got something a bit different to share with you – an infographic about knives! This crafty and fun image breaks down the most common types of kitchen knives, with a brief description of their shape and size, and a few mentions of what you’d use them for. This is just the first in a series of knife infographics, so keep an eye out for those in the future as well.

For now, let’s get a bit deeper into the information shared here. Think you know your knives? Let’s find out!

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Scenes from a Cooking Day

No Comments 11 April 2013

Since Local Root opened, we’ve wanted to get a working kitchen in the store. We do a lot of product testing, cooking and baking, and thought it would be so fitting to be able to do that right in the store! And while we haven’t been able to build out a full kitchen just yet, we have been able to get something together that allowed us to hold our monthly cooking day at the store last Friday.

On cooking days, we have a chance to test out new merchandise, try out recipes from our selection of cookbooks, and get a little creative in the kitchen. Last Friday I opted to test out our pasta maker, which we made into a delicious spring-inspired dish, and to try my hand at a Julie Childs crepe recipe.

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Cooking, Recipes

How To Make Homemade Stocks

No Comments 06 March 2013

Whether you’re a cooking novice, or a seasoned chef, homemade stock is one of the greatest tricks you can arm yourself with. Homemade stock can elevate a simple dish to a whole new level. Many recipes call for it, but the store-bought boxed and canned kinds are bland and often taste like little more than salted water. Making stock from scratch is really easy, and completely worth the little bit of effort it takes.

There are several different ways to make stock, depending on what kinds of ingredients you’ll be using, and what type of stock you’re making. I’m not going to give you a concrete recipe here today, but are instead I’m going to introduce a couple of different techniques, and then at the end I’ll be sure to share a few of my favorite “recipes” with you – though the truth is, in all of the times I’ve ever made stock, I’ve never followed a recipe! It’s all about using what you have on hand, and making something delicious from that.

Homemade Vegetable Stock

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Cooking, Recipes

How to Make Pastry Cream

No Comments 02 March 2013

Lately, we’ve been testing recipes from the cookbooks we have in the store at Local Root. Have to do some quality control, you know?! Truth be told, you can’t really get to know a cookbook until you’ve paged through it, taking in the photographs and recipes, and workied through those that jump out at you most.

For this post, the baker in me gravitated towards Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table, where I picked out recipes to compose the perfect cream puff. I started with this pastry cream recipe, knowing Dorie wouldn’t steer me wrong. Cream puffs, eclairs and the like are all things I’ve made in many forms and variations in the past, but it’s always so nice to revisit those basic recipes, to remember how to work through the steps and execute something that results in this incredible product.

I thought it might be fun to give you a step-by-step guide on how to make pastry cream, with photos of each step along the way. If you decide to give this a try, I’d love to know what you think! I’d also be curious to know your other favorite pastry cream recipes. Around My French Table has a chocolate variation, which I haven’t tried yet, but certainly plan to!

How to Make Pastry Cream

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