Webmaster, Chicken Coop Master and Proud Father of a Week-old Son

Frank, my webmaster these past 21 years, who first showed up as an unfairly handsome eighteen year old, showed up again yesterday to install a new UPS and to present me with a dozen eggs from his harem of contented hens. Frank says “different breeds produce different colored eggs.” All in subtle pastels. He is …

Tools

Two Very Different Knives Designed For the Same Purpose

We’re all familiar with the western style boning knife. This one by German Wustof is 5 inches long, machine-forged from 2 mm thick stock. and double edged. It’s a classic because it is light and nimble and very well designed to break down and debone poultry. The Japanese boning knife is called a garasuki. This …

PAELLA A LA MCLEAN

PAELLA A LA  MCLEAN Serves 8•  7 cups    chicken stock or broth (low salt)•  BG        satchel (parsley stems, pepper corns, thyme and bay leaves)• 2 lbs      small mussels•  2 oz      white wine•  1.5 lbs   sea bass or monkfish, cut to serving size•  20         medium shrimp•  ½  lb     squid , cut …

Overpriced, but there is not a better, more versatile or higher quality multi-cooker out there.

The Vermicular multi-cooker ($600) is comprised of two parts: The “musui” a cast iron pot with a machined tight-fitting cover and the “kamado” a cradle for the pot with interior induction heaters bottom and sides and an exterior control panel. Everyone is familiar with slow cookers and multi cookers and what they do, so I’ll …