9 Essential Tools for Cooking All the Vegetables

As with any other kitchen, what is considered essential in a vegetable-forward kitchen depends on what you like to cook. If you like stir-fries, then you might want to grab a wok. If you have a fondness for braising, as I do, then you might rely heavil…

As with any other kitchen, what is considered essential in a vegetable-forward kitchen depends on what you like to cook. If you like stir-fries, then you might want to grab a wok. If you have a fondness for braising, as I do, then you might rely heavily on a shallow Le Creuset braising pan

While I've listed some of my favorite, most essential tools, I didn't mention my food mill, which I use only for two purposes (tomato sauce and applesauce) yet wouldn't be without, or my salad spinner. Nor did I mention hands, which are the best tools for feeling the food you're cooking; or noses, for smelling; or ears, for hearing when a process subtly changes on the stove; or eyes for discerning the beauty or flaw contained in a vegetable. You don't have to buy these; you're equipped with your senses already.

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An Endlessly Riff-able Wreath Recipe—Plus, 8 More Ideas

If your idea of a wreath is that it’s reserved for the holidays, let’s get this straight: Wreaths are not just for Christmas. The beauty of wreaths is that they’re an anytime favorite—with the right foliage and appropriate materials, they work a…

If your idea of a wreath is that it's reserved for the holidays, let's get this straight: Wreaths are not just for Christmas. The beauty of wreaths is that they're an anytime favorite—with the right foliage and appropriate materials, they work all year round—in fact, you could consider them the never-fade version of a bouquet. They're a beautiful way to decorate your door (actually, they're the only way we know, besides a transformative coat of paint, of course) or even your walls; they last for months, even years depending on the materials you use; they’re hands-down one of the most creative gifts you could give a host; and you can make them at home—yes, even those among you that are short on time (and long on DIY phobia).

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