This was the first video I ever shot, because my friend Law Cummer asked me, “What is the difference between cooking in cast iron, or cooking in non-stick?”
I actually did a real-time, side-by-side comparison for him, which was apparently so persuasive that several of my friends who viewed it went straight out and bought cast iron frying pans! Which is a great outcome. In a well-seasoned cast iron pan, you actually need LESS fat than you do in a non-stick pan; and food cooked in cast iron is higher in dietary iron (especially, if you are cooking tomatoes in cast iron).
Update: Health Canada releases it’s guidelines on metals and cookware. This is a great summary and confirms much of what I explained in the video.
Update #2: Thank you David Lindsay for posting these photos of a real sugar bush operation in 2015. I was a little worried that people would think my commentary was out of date because most sugar bush farms now use plastic tubing from tree to bucket – however as we can see from David’s March 2015 photos, they are still using cast iron to boil the sap! And the people who purchased that cauldron expect it to be in use for 100 years, or more.
Leave the “belly button” ON the onion until you’ve finished dicing! Otherwise, the layers and slices will fly all around the cutting board. This way is SOOOO much easier.
Work from the INSIDE of the pepper, not the shiny side; and make sure you wear plastic gloves if you are cutting a hot pepper. Here are a few minutes of tips for you.
You peel carrots away from you, and potatoes toward you. Don’t ask me why, but this just seems to be the reality. Here, see for yourself in this video.
For years, I thought I was making 5 pounds of mashed potatoes at a time…then I read the bag, and it was actually 10 POUNDS of potatoes. I think I must have been in denial about the amount of mashed potatoes my family could, and would, eat.
Now my kids want me to leave the peels on the potatoes, buy in my heart I still believe that this recipe – which makes the potatoes almost as fluffy as whipped cream – is the correct way to make mashed potatoes.
Fully roasted, left a bit firm, diced in sweet potato salad…full of Vitamin A and complex carbohydrates, they are a great snack to take on the road on a busy day. Here are three ways to prepare them.
Celery is so quick and easy and fun to eat – so simple to prepare!
A firm avocado is so different from a mushy avocado, they are almost like two different vegetable. In this video I explain some of the differences, and their different uses.
“Flat chicken” cooks relatively quickly and can be really delicious. However, if you buy your chicken “pre-flattened,” it can be outrageously expensive! The store-bought flattened chicken above was $25.71. A standard chicken, below, cost $14.40…and you can get these on sale for $7.00 on a good day.
Click here for my “Flat Chicken” video. I use my mammoth 15 inch cast iron skillet, but you can easily do this (with less vegetables) in a standard skillet.
A “flat chicken” is chicken with the spine cut out. You can do this yourself, very easily. Save the $10 on chicken, and use it to buy a nice bottle of wine. It’s win/win!
Originally when I posted this recipe, I noted it was a good way to use up unfinished bottles of red wine.
Several friends wrote to ask me, “Where do you find this thing, an ‘unfinished bottle of red wine?'” That definitely made me laugh! Of course, you can buy wine just for the Mushroom Chicken if you need to.