Suet vs Tallow: What’s the Difference?

If you’re new to cooking with traditional animal fats, you might hear the words suet and tallow thrown around frequently, and often seemingly interchangably. But, they are really not the same thing, and they actually refer to fat in different stages of processing. What is Suet? Suet is the raw fat surrounding the kidneys. It … Read more

4 Best Cubanelle Pepper Substitutes

Cubanelle peppers are considered a sweet pepper, although they have a little heat. Cubanelle peppers are also called Italian Frying Peppers, because they are often eaten fried in oil. They are usually light green or yellow. Cubanelle peppers have 0-1,000 Scoville Heat Units, so when selecting a substitute for this hard-to-find pepper, it’s important to … Read more

Do Plastic Cutting Boards Dull Knives?

No, plastic cutting boards do not dull knives faster than other cutting boards. In fact, the type of plastic used, high-density polypropylene, has similar properties to soft wood, and it is gentle on your knives. Be sure to check the feel of the plastic, though. Very hard plastic can dull your knives. Sometimes plastic cutting … Read more

5 Best Substitutes For Calabrian Chili

Calabrian chili is a staple of Italian cooking and a truly unique spicy pepper. It comes from the Calabria region of southern Italy, and can often be found jarred in oil, pickled or dried. It has a wonderfully unique spicy, fruity and taste that doesn’t overpower dishes. The Calabrian chili pepper is a rusty red … Read more

Is Vintage Corelle Lead-Free?

The short answer: no, you cannot be certain that vintage corelle is lead-free. It’s a little more complicated, though. Corelle is known to produce Vitrelle multilayer glass tableware that is currently lead-free. However, it was not certified lead free until 2005, and dishware produced before then may have very small amounts of lead present, particularly … Read more

Are Ceramic Knives Dishwasher Safe?

No, you should not put ceramic knives in the dishwasher. While technically they are dishwasher safe, it’s very likely that your ceramic knives will get damaged in the dishwasher. Ceramic blades are much more fragile than stainless steel, and will break in the jostling dishwasher. Honestly, no chef knives should be going in the dishwasher, … Read more