Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Giveaway: "Tips Cooks Love"


Sur La Table branched out into publishing its own books a couple of years ago with 'Things Cooks Love." The latest installment is a small but handy collection of cooking tips and recipes compiled by Rick Rodgers.


Here's a taste, from the Meat chapter: "There's no need to add oil to the skillet when panfrying steaks or chops. Trim a piece of fat from the perimeter of the meat. As the skillet is heating, grasp the fat with tongs and rub it over the inside of the skillet, creating a thin coating of fat. That will be just enough to keep the meat from sticking."


(And here's an added tip, from me: When you're searing steaks, chops, chicken breast or fish and you want to know whether it has finished browning, nudge it with a pair of tongs or whatever tool you're using. Meat that hasn't finished browning will cling to the pan. Browned meat will "let go," so you'll know it's time to turn it.)


Now, here's something else from me: This week's cookbook giveaway. I've got a copy of "Tips Cooks Love." Add your name here in the comments and we'll announce the winner on Wednesday. If you sign in as Anonymous, remember to give me a name so I can identify you.


Speaking of identifying winners, I'm still waiting to here from Scott Sitton, who won "Simple Fresh Southern," by Matt and Ted Lee, and Michelle in Rock Hill, who won "The Golden Book of Baking." Scott and Michelle, send your mailing addresses to me at kpurvis@charlotteobserver.com. My desk needs cleaning off.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could certainly use some cooking tips!! And BTW, DUKES is really the only spelling you need for mayo!
Thanks!
Annelle Williams
http://aroundannellestable.blogspot.com

SDuis said...

And the winner is:

Annelle Williams said...

PS...also agree about the Farmer's Market...great finds!
Annelle Williams

Don said...

Love Sur La Table.

Anonymous said...

Would love some cooking tips! Vickie Holland, Bessemer City

Anonymous said...

I agree- Dukes is the ONLY way to spell mayo.
But I need the book-
thanks Maggie Collister

Emily N. said...

What a great book choice. Love your column...

Emily N.

Kelly M. said...

Fingers crossed...

Anonymous said...

hey kathleen,its bonnie blanton again,thought i'd try for another one,thanks so much

Julie Reed said...

I could really use some cooking tips, too _ especially with the holidays coming up!

passionatechristian said...

Book looks great!

Anonymous said...

Always looking for new cooking tips....

Sally Smith said...

Would love to win...got my fingers crossed..

Eve said...

Sounds like a great book I am just getting started and could use this.

Eve

Anonymous said...

Great meat tip! I always use a bit of bacon drippings when searing very lean pork loin. I'd love a copy of the book. And, I agree about Dukes, that's a reason I could never leave the South-my UPS bill would be insane.

Reece

luv2cknbk said...

Not that I've won yet, but can a person win more than once? Thanks.

Ann from Baxter said...

I'll be happy to take any books that aren't picked up by the winners.

Anonymous said...

Count me in!! Val

Cheri said...

This one's irresistible! Please put my name in the (stock) pot.

Tricia608 said...

I would really like to win this book. I love your column too btw.