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The Right Tools for the Job

Suzanne Pollak

Angles matter. Whether cutting garlic cloves to release the most flavor, testing the doneness of steamed cauliflower, or simply choosing a spatula -- it’s all about esthetics & practicality.

Tony Hendra, Charleston Academy's Dean of Wit, likes to thinly slice his garlic because "the large combined surface area of the garlic means it releases its flavor faster and more fully when it hits the oil. Also crispy sautéed garlic slices are one of the great toppings for pasta, fish, and veggies (e.g. haricots verts.) In fact they're up there with 'amandine' or crispy sautéed almond slices. Sometimes I mix them to make my own special amandine.

I rarely mince unless I'm in high heels.  I only chop wood and suey."

We often use the term "Goodfellas thin" in reference to the famous scene in which lead character Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) describes how mob boss Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino) prepared dinner while they were doing time: “In prison, dinner was always a big thing. We had a pasta course, then we had a meat or a fish. Paulie was doing a year for contempt and had a wonderful system for garlic. He used a razor and sliced it so thin it would liquify in the pan with a little oil. It’s a very good system.”

When testing the readiness of steamed vegetables, people often use the tip of a knife. The Dean has learned that sometimes a knife tip is wrong for the gig. Using the tines of a fork with cauliflower is better. Three or four prongs provide greater surface area for poking and give a more accurate decision of doneness. 

Finally, the almighty spatula. The angle of the spatula makes the utensil more, or less, useful. In the photo, the top spatula, by Oneida, will enable the cook to slide food from the pan without having to tilt a screaming hot object.

In the kitchen, you're only as good as your tools. And remember, it's never the oven's fault...

No Time for Foolishness

Suzanne Pollak

Recently the Dean heard news she cannot like; in fact, it has her recoiling in horror. Say it ain’t so! That people the Dean knows, and knows of (with children no less) have not turned their stoves on for over six months -- told like a brag, even with pride! This is foolishness beyond belief. These people are missing out on some of life’s greatest pleasures: relaxation, creativity, bonding, feasting at home.

Here’s what else these fools are missing:

  • eating healthier meals,
  • making the kitchen (instead of TV) the heartbeat of the house,
  • teaching children manners, healthy eating habits, patience, focus and concentration by simply sitting at the dining table, 
  • and one of the most joyous daily occurrences, spending time together with people you love eating food you love.

The Academy cannot help these folks. Is there an Academy out there for common sense?

GIFT GUIDE: Zen Kitchen

A. K. Lister

Consider a candy-colored stand mixer (Kitchenaid or bust), source of all homemade goodness and a spot of brightness in any kitchen...

Stand Mixer by Kitchenaid

Stand Mixer by Kitchenaid

...or simple equipment, brilliantly designed to last a lifetime: a Peugeot Pepper Mill, a miniature Cuisinart, or an Alessi teapot...

"Mignognette" Pepper Mill by Peugeot

"Mignognette" Pepper Mill by Peugeot

Mini Processor by Cuisinart

Mini Processor by Cuisinart

Teapot by Alessi

Teapot by Alessi

...(or any of these other handy kitchen tools spotted whilst browsing the Alessi Shop)...

Mortar & Pestle,

Mortar & Pestle,

Grater,

Grater,

Colander, all in AlessiShop

Colander, all in AlessiShop

...or a well-made knife (perhaps a set of 3) and an invincible cutting board...

Trio of Knives by Messermeister 

Trio of Knives by Messermeister 

Cutting Board by John Boos & Co.

Cutting Board by John Boos & Co.

...or even just the most luxurious candle in the world, to calm a holiday-harried cook. 

Candle by Taffin

Candle by Taffin

May all your kitchens be Zen this season.  

XO, the Academy