Does This Chicken Look, Um, Under-Seasoned to You? — Food News

Humans have been seasoning their food as far back as six millennia ago. A piece of pottery found in Germany from 5,900 years ago contained evidence that prehistoric hunter-gatherers flavored fish and deer stews with garlic mustard seed. The difficulty of gathering that seed simply to add a dash to food proves the impetus to spice up meals is ingrained in the very fabric of humans and cooking.

And that’s why when we come across a person who doesn’t use a dash of anything when they cook, we have a lot to say about it.


3 Great Pieces to Snag for Your Kitchen from World Market’s Huge Furniture Sale

World Market is having a site-wide furniture sale, and we’ve found a few stylish picks to help you achieve (and maintain) order in your kitchen. While none of these items were traditionally designed for the kitchen, we think they’re a big upgrade to a lot of the more purpose-built storages solutions out there that too often lack style. They all serve the same purpose: to free up valuable storage and counter space so you can put your creativity to work when cooking and entertaining.

The sale also includes great dining room sets, tables, and chairs. See those here, and our picks below.


Why Instant Pot Users Are Obsessing Over This $30 Cart from Target — Shopping

If you are one of the many people who got a new Instant Pot for Christmas, besides asking yourself “What should I cook?” (we got you), you may also be wondering “Where the heck do I put this thing?” A true kitchen workhorse, it nevertheless can occupy some serious real estate on the counter or in a cabinet. Or, perhaps even worse, finding a home for your a new pressure cooker in a low cabinet or closet can mean it gets forgotten.

Enter: the passionate members of the official Instant Pot Facebook group. They’ve discovered a product that almost seems made specifically for this product: a round utility cart from Target.


I Tried 5 of Whole Foods’ Newest (and Healthiest!) Groceries — Here’s What I Thought — Shopping

Few things are more dangerous for your wallet than wandering Whole Foods without a shopping list (which happens more often than I care to admit), but during my most recent trip I had a very clear plan. My mission involved stocking up on January’s latest and greatest in order to report back with my thoughts. Guidelines are good!

The new offerings all skew toward the super health-conscious and thus were a little on the pricey side, but here’s a pro tip: If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can unlock massive savings. (The seafood kits below were 40 percent off for Prime members, among other awesome deals.) If there’s one major takeaway from this shopping trip, it’s that signing up for Prime is definitely worth it if you shop at Whole Foods on the reg.

Back to the task at hand — here’s my haul!


I Tried Trader Joe’s Wacky New Seasoning and Here’s How It Went — Grocery News

Trader Joe’s is the king of dreaming up new and unusual ingredients that suddenly everyone has to have in their kitchens. The prime example is, of course, their Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning that obtained an almost-instant cult-like status. Have you tried it? You really need to try it.

The grocery giant recently added another, super-unique kind of seasoning that I imagine you’re about to see everywhere: Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend. The mixture of kosher salt, black pepper, red pepper, mushroom powder, and mustard seed promises to give all your dishes an extra savory kick, but can Trader Joe’s make lightning strike twice? To find out, I tried out the blend on three different proteins I typically eat for dinner on weeknights: chicken tenders, ground turkey, and a salmon filet. Here’s how it went.


I Tried This Viral Reddit Tip for Reheating Pizza and Things Got Ugly — Food News

Pizza is one of those foods that’s good even when it’s bad, but this weekend I learned the exception to that is when your slice gets soggy. See, Reddit (always a source of intriguing life and food advice) had a post that the best way to reheat pizza is to do it on the stove in a pan and add a little water and cook until completely burned off. “Perfect pizza, like it just came out of the oven,” was the promise.


How the Natural Disasters of 2018 Affect How You Eat in 2019 — Food News

In 2018 the U.S. bore the brunt of more than a dozen weather-related disasters, including but not limited to hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, the effects of which spanned the entire country, cost a lot of money, and impacted our nation’s food system at large.

As of October 9, there have been nearly a dozen weather events that each achieved the dubious award of costing over a billion dollars, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). This tally did not yet include the raging Camp, Ventura, and Woolsey fires that ravaged California from November through early December.

For many, it’s easy to forget a big storm or fire after the news cycle jumps to the next subject. But for others, especially those whose livelihoods depend on the wellbeing of crops or livestock (i.e., farmers and farm workers), the impacts are more largely felt — and for much longer.


27 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

If you follow a gluten-free diet, dessert might seem like a struggle sometimes. But eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you don’t have any options. In fact, not only are there tons of sweets that are naturally gluten-free, like flourless chocolate cake and pudding, but there are also lots of recipes out there that swap the usual all-purpose flour for alternatives.

Here are 27 gluten-free recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Why Most Experts Hate Air Fryers — But Real Cooks Love Them — Shopping

If you’ve been in the market for an air fryer, or already have one in your possession (thanks, Santa!), you may have heard a few conflicting opinions about the small appliance.

Some say it’s too good to be true, that you can’t effectively “fry” something with a few tablespoons of oil and hot circulating air. Some say yeah, it works but it takes up too much countertop space for what it’s worth. Some swear by it for a few things like frozen french fries and nuggets. Some are total converts who say it’s the best thing to happen to their kitchen since sliced bread.

So with all of these mixed messages, who are we supposed to believe? The vehement haters? The space-savers? The casual I-tried-it-once-ers? The die-hard devotees? Let’s take a deeper dive, shall we?