Ode to Macaroni and Cheese

In the last elimination challenge before the finals in the first season of Top Chef, a panel of judges including some of the most accomplished and discerning chefs in the country chose Dave’s truffle & cognac cream macaroni & cheese, filet of beef, and collard greens & radicchio as the winning dish. The filet and greens were criticized for being “afterthoughts” to the macaroni & cheese, which itself was the favorite dish of all the judges. Why did macaroni and cheese capture the imagination of experienced chefs and critics of high-end cuisine? Continue reading

How to Steam Rice

As requested. Works for most of your basic rices– long grain, short grain, brown, whatever. Don't use wild rice in this one, it cooks differently. Use a regular-sized saucepan unless you're making an absolute ton. Make sure you have a lid that fits. This is the method my dad learned from a college buddy whose parents had a Chinese restaurant. Continue reading