Steve Sando, bean impresario behind Rancho Gordo, outlines the steps from beans in a bag to glorious pot o’ beans. Dried beans may not be fresh, per se, but the ones you're using shouldn’t be more than two years old. Soak them first, and then use the soaking water to cook them. A quick, hard boil followed by a long, slow simmer will get them cooked up right. (Click here for Steve's bean-cooking recipe.)
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.
Started From - Umber Ahmad
Former investor banker Umber Ahmad recounts her road from Wall Street to running a bakery in the East Village.
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.