TURNAROUND RAMEN

2019-03-28T12:33:00-04:00

Photo by Edward Guk on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli I worked for over two decades in professional kitchens and restaurants. There’s a phenomenon that you might not yet know about most chefs: when they’re in their own kitchen, they often don’t cook. Well, let’s look at that for a moment. They don’t cook much. They don’t cook fancy. They keep limited ingredients on hand. They know of every place in their town that delivers or serves food until 4:00am. And they eat there, often. In my experience, this is due to a few things: they’re at the restaurant too long, they’re too tired, they [...]

TURNAROUND RAMEN2019-03-28T12:33:00-04:00

THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO THE STORY

2019-02-19T17:43:17-04:00

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash By Stephanie Freybler I am blessed to have my grandma’s old recipe box, complete with her handwritten recipes. I don’t use the recipes often, but I still treasure them. The other day, as I was looking through the recipe box as I sometimes do, I focused on one recipe card for her strawberry salad. I looked at her familiar, perfect cursive writing. I studied the ingredients, and I looked through the steps that this particular recipe required. Then, I found myself wondering about the times she made this recipe. Did she make it often? Was it reserved for [...]

THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO THE STORY2019-02-19T17:43:17-04:00

MAKING IT SAUCY

2019-02-19T16:43:15-04:00

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash by Jillian Fraioli Making a quick pan reduction sauce is one way I elevate a weeknight meal. However, I hear from people all the time that they think making sauce is “hard.” Once upon a time, I would have agreed. The “Mother Sauces” were one of the first things I had to perfect in a professional kitchen. These include béchamel, hollandaise, espagnole, veluté, and tomat. The idea behind this learning process is that once you can make these, you can pretty much make anything. While the art of the sauce has inspired many a chef’s episode on TV, and [...]

MAKING IT SAUCY2019-02-19T16:43:15-04:00

Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon

2019-01-28T13:54:54-04:00

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli If you’ve read any of my past articles, you’ll know that my “secret ingredients” are fish sauce and miso paste. Those items add umami, which I believe is key to amping up all of your endeavors in the kitchen. Everyone has a different idea of a “secret ingredient.” A good example is Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, where she demonstrates how those four elements, or “secret ingredients” if you will, are the key to consistently better cooking. Salt brings out deeper flavors. Fat helps us achieve texture.  Acid balances that flavor. And heat transforms [...]

Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon2019-01-28T13:54:54-04:00

RENEW YOUR PALATE AND REFRESH YOUR PANTRY

2018-12-29T19:45:57-04:00

Photo by Laura Mitulla on Unsplash by: Jillian Fraioli Our family has strong traditions, which results in cooking the same dishes every holiday season. We rejoice in this repetition. For most of our adult lives, we have been flung far and wide across the world. The food traditions in our family are what hold us tight in the arms of our loved ones and our ancestors. It’s what brings our heart, and sometimes our hardest memories, to the forefront to be held and cherished. But every January, without fail, this gal who can barely eat leftovers (that’s a topic for another day) starts to [...]

RENEW YOUR PALATE AND REFRESH YOUR PANTRY2018-12-29T19:45:57-04:00

LET’S HOST A BEER DINNER

2018-11-29T20:24:36-04:00

By Liz Crowe Welcome to Booze 101, a new and ongoing column here at Brick Magazine. Together, we will explore various options on the alcohol shelf and what you can do with them that does not involve an ice luge, red solo cups, or ping pong balls.* For December, I’ve decided to go with something dear to me: pairing great beer with food. A.k.a., The Beer-Pairing Dinner. Don’t fret if you don’t think you know about the differences in beer. I’m going to provide you with some specific recommendations. They should be available at most chain groceries, but for a couple [...]

LET’S HOST A BEER DINNER2018-11-29T20:24:36-04:00
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