Classic Fried Chicken Recipe

For a girl who does most of her grocery shopping at Whole Foods, the idea of buying the requisite can of Crisco to fry chicken was a little out of my comfort zone.  But once I scooped the frosting-like white fluff out of the can and heated it in my big Le Creuset, it bubbled up and cooked the chicken to golden brown perfection.
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Modern Cooking Techniques with Chef Tre Ghoshal

I recently visited with the always imaginative Chef Tre Ghoshal who prepared a few of his new creations, heavily influenced by modern cuisine and molecular gastronomy. 

Watch the video to see Chef Tre's tuna carpaccio with spherical dressing, a "deep sea wind", and an incredibly thrilling preparation of cranberry sorbet made with liquid nitrogen.

 

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Meatballs in Sunday Gravy with Johnny Meatballs

Last week the Meatball King of New Jersey, Johnny "Meatballs" vistied the Kettle Kitchen to teach us the secret to his famous Meatballs.  

Between you, me and the blogosphere, the secret is: carmelized onions. 

I didn't grow up with  caramelized onions in my meatballs, but after enjoying a couple, it's a pretty good idea.

If you're in the mood for some meatballs,  you could pick up a six pack of Johnny's Meatballs in Sunday Gravy at Corrado's.  Or, if you'd like to make them yourself, watch the video to see how Johnny does it and follow the recipe below.  Salute!

Enjoy the video:

 

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MA Kettle Makes Cultured Butter

Last month Hot From The Kettle visited Allin Tallmadge at Tallmadge Cheese Market in Montclair, where Allin taught me and my brood how to make homemade butter. 

I fell in love with the simplicity of the process and the quality of the product.  If you want to do it yourself, it's as easy as purchasing Heavy Cream,  I recommend Organic Valley, Pasteurized, not Homogenized, available at Whole Foods, and adding to it a tablespoon or two of culture, I use Fage Greek Yogurt.  Then you simply leave the cream and yogurt on the counter overnight and whip it up the next day.  

Watch the video to see how I make my own butter at home:

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Grandma's Recipe Box #10: Crumb Cake

Take my word for it, Entenmann's Ultimate Crumb has nothing on Grandma's Crumb Cake!

This moist, buttery, cinnamon and sugar laced, American classic is an old favorite of my grandmother's and something of a staple at every big party.  As Grandma says,  "it's very impressive," and it goes a very long way.

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