November 22, 2011
Originally authored in 2009, the below advice is still relevant today. Our best wishes to you for a great holiday.
Thanksgiving always opens up with numerous calls and emails from folks fretting about their cookware and their cooking. Having the family table enlarged during the holidays is key stresser for many cooks. Will there be enough food to go around? Will this strange recipe that I cook only once every year work out? Will the turkey be done?
My advice is to relax. (And I remind myself of that when I start feeling the pressure grow). Start far enough ahead that you won’t have to have everything be done at exactly the same moment. A turkey benefits by resting for 30 minutes under a foil tent before carving. There’s no law that says that sweet potato casserole can’t be cooked three days ahead, stored in the fridge, and then warmed up on a holiday morning.
I always run a sink full of hot soapy water and try to wash up as I cook. That way it isn’t a mound of pans and pots to clean up at the conclusion of the meal. Thanksgiving, I loaded the food processor parts, pots and pans into the dishwasher and did a mid-morning load. Made the time after our meal much calmer.
We also set the table about two days before the holiday, which gave us plenty of time to repair the hole that mysteriously appeared on the good linen tablecloth between last Christmas and this Thanksgiving.
November 3, 2011
Welcome iPhone App–Find My Cookware and Bakeware
Hard to believe, but there are two generations of Americans in the world now who passed through school without any training in home economics or what used to be called “domestic living”. The past forty years have seen such courses go the same way that physical education did–abandoned in favor of more training to take those periodic tests of ability.
We get calls weekly from consumers who are confused and intimidated by their kitchens. They lack the confidence to try even simple recipes. They don’t know if the cookware and bakeware they own is up to the task. Given the chance to go buy cookware or bakeware, they are “at sea”.
With that background we started back in April of 2011 developing a program that will install on an iPhone and using a series of questions, help consumers find cookware and bakeware. Given the food desired to be cooked and the method used to prepare, the consumer is then prompted for any preferences they may have about their cookware and bakeware selection. The logic of the program then leads them to CMA members’s website where they can find out more and also find where to purchase the product best suited to their needs and desires.
Behind the logic went a a great deal of thought and preparation. CMA members entered product lines and scored them on what foods they were most suited to cook and their general price range.
The result is what we think of a simple and elegant application that will help reduce confusion for consumers.
More information is at: http://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/id476263479?mt=8