How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

By Sharon MacGregor, Fed Well

Imagine a cast iron pot, pan, or skillet for a moment. It is dense, heavy, timeless, and has been a cooking choice for generations. It is beloved for its ability to hold heat evenly, which can result in beautifully browning and searing foods especially meat, its versatility, and is one of a few items from the kitchen which can truly be passed down through generations with love. Yet, for some reason, using a cast iron skillet seems a bit mysterious and intimidating as questions like how to season a cast iron skillet, how to care for a cast iron pan, and how do you clean a cast iron pan need to be properly understood before even setting a cast iron skillet or pan on the stove, grill, campfire or in the oven. 

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Flour Power: A Guide to Different Flours and Benefits

By Sandra Lee, Coffee in the Middle   

From bread to biscuits, cake to cookies, pancakes to pizza dough, baking flour is that one magic ingredient that makes sweet and savory food taste delicious. With so many types out there, it can be tough figuring out what kind to use for what purpose. Here we break down the different types of baking flour, the protein content (gluten) and the tools needed to become a baking expert. You got this!   

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Kitchen Essentials for Indian Cooking

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Diwali known as the “Festival of Lights” is coming up, November 14th, actually. And, this special festival makes me think of my mother, and in particular her cooking. On this special day, our homes are illuminated with little lamps and the kitchen is abuzz with activity. When I was a kid, I would walk into the house, welcomed by the smell of my Mom’s rotis. She quickly rolled the Indian flat bread one after the other, slathering each piping hot wheat sphere with generous amounts of butter quickly pooling on their surface. We used the rotis to scoop up fragrant vegetable curries flavored with a myriad of spices from cumin to turmeric and chili powder. Mom and my Grandmother made cooking look easy. When I started also cooking, I realized there were some kitchen essentials I needed for my Indian cooking.

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