A gift you made yourself is one of the most thoughtful things you can give for the holidays. Problem is, by the time you start thinking about it, there's rarely enough time left to complete the task! But in this episode of MDRN KTCHN, host Scott Heimendinger shows you how to use a whipping siphon to create instant infusions of candy cane vodka, herb and garlic olive oil, and vanilla-and-spice maple syrup. For the full recipes, click here. Want to learn more? Come back every Sunday for a new episode of MDRN KTCHN, and check out Modernist Cuisine's new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home!
In the latest episode of Roots, Jason Stratton tells how he went from studying avant-garde poetry in Spain to becoming the award-winning chef of Seattle's Spinasse, Artusi, and Aragona. Roots takes a deep biographical look into the world's most influential chefs to reveal their inspirations, Ancestry.com style except not really. **UPDATE: Stratton recently announced his departure from his killer restaurants, citing a need for a sabbatical out in the great wide world. Dude is gonna read some books and nod thoughtfully at art like whoa.
Chef Anthony Strong (Locanda) visits chef Mark Sullivan's restaurant Spruce in San Francisco to order his favorite omelet, then gets his egg cookery skills tested. In The Usual, the country's best chefs reveal the one dish that blows their mind again and again, then head behind-the-scenes to meet the creators.
Gather round children! Today's slang session concerns TOUCHED, which is either a nice thing, or a not-so-nice thing. In this brand-new series, we devote time to the words and phrases chefs hold near and dear to their sweaty, stressed out, crass little hearts.