T. Susan Chang http://kwit.org en Sous Vide Makes Its Way To The Home Kitchen http://kwit.org/post/sous-vide-makes-its-way-home-kitchen <em>Sous vide.</em> Not that long ago, it sounded so exotic — or, at least, so <em>French</em>. It was a phrase that belonged in restaurants, amid white tablecloths and flower arrangements and hushed conversations. Alternatively, it was a word that belonged to the modernist kitchens just beyond the swinging doors — kitchens filled with gleaming dehydrators and transglutaminase "meat glues" and spherification siphons and more.<p>I first heard it in the kitchen of now-famous Wylie Dufresne's first restaurant, 71 Clinton Fresh Food, where I was a clueless intern in the spring of 2000. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:18:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 42877 at http://kwit.org Sous Vide Makes Its Way To The Home Kitchen Oranges: Secret Agents Of The Food World http://kwit.org/post/oranges-secret-agents-food-world For me, the citrus fruits of winter have been bright spots in a long, frost-bound season. The lemons, the oranges, the sweet little clementines, the tart, brawny grapefruits — they glow like miniature suns on the grayest afternoons. As we — finally — turn the long, slow corner in the spring, I love them all the more for knowing they will soon be gone.<p>The flavor we love in the flesh of a citrus packs even more power in the zest. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:13:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 41211 at http://kwit.org Oranges: Secret Agents Of The Food World Valentine Hearts That Are Meant To Be Broken http://kwit.org/post/valentine-hearts-are-meant-be-broken In first grade, my heart was stolen by Mark, who sat next to me and had an advanced phonics book (which I also craved). Then there were Peter, Eddie, Raja and Michael. These serial crushes continued right on up through my early 20s, at a rate of approximately three a year. Boys. I fell for their incipient mustaches, their bad attitudes and foul mouths, their poor poetry and bass guitars, their careless humor. I saw their swagger for what it was, but I loved it anyway.<p>When you're a kid, conversation hearts, waxy chocolates and powdery-smelling carnations are the currency of Valentine's Day. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:41:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 39131 at http://kwit.org Valentine Hearts That Are Meant To Be Broken The Stars Come Out For Holiday Bakers http://kwit.org/post/stars-come-out-holiday-bakers As a young woman, I had an attack of nostalgia for a possibly imaginary cookie. It was prompted by a walk up New York's Third Avenue, where I saw in the bakery case of a local delicatessen a stack of small round cookies, covered in the tiny rainbow sprinkles known as nonpareils. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:03:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 35922 at http://kwit.org The Stars Come Out For Holiday Bakers Roasted Tomatoes, The Perfect Accessory For Summer Dishes http://kwit.org/post/roasted-tomatoes-perfect-accessory-summer-dishes At this time of year, we all love tomatoes. Many of us claim we'll "take a big juicy tomato and bite into it like it's an apple," although you won't often see that happen in actual fact.<p>Yet, even people who love a juicy fresh tomato also are likely to enjoy it with all the juice sucked out, as in sun-dried tomatoes and — especially — roasted tomatoes. It's the way the process acts on flavors, caramelizing what's on the outside, concentrating what's on the inside. It's true even for a soulless, pale-pink January tomato. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:08:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 29142 at http://kwit.org Roasted Tomatoes, The Perfect Accessory For Summer Dishes Recipe Rebellion: A Year Of Contrarian Cookbooks http://kwit.org/post/recipe-rebellion-year-contrarian-cookbooks "Just throw the whole lemon in the food processor for lemon bars."<br />"Don't just soak your dried beans — brine them!" Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:08:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 18225 at http://kwit.org Recipe Rebellion: A Year Of Contrarian Cookbooks The Hard-Boiled Truth About Egg Soups http://kwit.org/post/hard-boiled-truth-about-egg-soups The chicks arrived five months ago — eight gray, blond, black and tawny puffballs no bigger than the eggs they'd been hatched from a day earlier. They had a slavishly devoted audience within minutes and names within 24 hours. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:26:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 16035 at http://kwit.org The Hard-Boiled Truth About Egg Soups Stand Back When Snapping Turtles Crop Up In The Garden http://kwit.org/post/stand-back-when-snapping-turtles-crop-garden Late spring in a New England vegetable garden is usually a time for the last asparagus, the crisp lettuce and arugula, the first pea shoots, and the first sprouting of warm-weather crops like peppers and zucchini. What you don't expect to see planted in your beds are <a href="http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/snappers.htm">snapping turtles</a>.<strong> </strong> But that's just what turned up in mine twice this week.<p>I was talking in my garden with a friend when I noticed what looked like a large leather satchel tossed in the strawberry bed. Fri, 25 May 2012 15:59:00 +0000 T. Susan Chang 8554 at http://kwit.org Stand Back When Snapping Turtles Crop Up In The Garden