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A kitchen faucet helps you in keeping your kitchen sink and utensils clean and a good kitchen faucet is adept at performing other tasks too. You can use a kitchen faucet to water plants or clean the sink area or fill up tall vessels of water. Not sure which kitchen faucet will suit your needs? Our guide will help you in choosing the right kitchen faucet for your needs.

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when buying a kitchen faucet:

Mounting Styles

Sink-mounted faucets

In this type of faucet, you attach the kitchen faucet to the sink itself. You will need to check the number of mount holes that your sink has and then get a kitchen faucet that fits.

Wall-mounted faucets

In this type of faucets, you attach the faucet to the wall which saves a lot of space and gives you easier access to clean. You don’t have to worry about your sink mount holes in this case.

Deck-mounted faucets

In this type of faucets, you fix the kitchen faucet to the countertop and not the sink. You need to give a little space behind the faucet for easier cleaning.

Deck-mounted faucets

Handle Types 

Single-handled

A lot of kitchen faucets come with just a single handle to operate the water and are found to be more useful when your other hand is dirty. You can use this single handle to adjust the water temperature and pressure.

Double-handled

In this type of kitchen faucets, you have two separate handles for cold and hot water. You can use these handles to adjust the quantity of hot and cold water. This is a traditional type of faucet and less likely to get ruined.

Hands-free

Another type of faucet consists of no handles and can be operated through just a sensor. You just need to make a movement in front of these sensors to adjust the water temperature and flow. This makes it easier to use the faucet when your both hands are dirty.

Hands free

Price

One of the most important things to consider when buying a kitchen faucet is your budget range and then looking for an item in the desired range. There

There is a plentitude of kitchen faucets in all budget ranges so you can easily find a good kitchen faucet with your desired features in a particular price range. So, make sure you check the price before buying a kitchen faucet.

Quality

Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should always go for a high-quality kitchen faucet if you don’t want to end up repairing it in every few days. A kitchen faucet with ceramic disk valve is said to last longer than one with a cartridge valve or a ball valve. Also, the heavier kitchen faucet is bound to be more durable so avoid going for plastic made faucets.

Material

Another important thing to consider is the material that was used in making the faucet. Make sure you choose a kitchen faucet with a good finish and opt for stainless steel, chrome, nickel, etc. as they tend to last longer. Don’t go for a cheap material faucet finish.

Wall Mounted Faucets

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Although there are numerous culinary and baking institutes all over the world, there are a few which are found to be the best and an education here would certainly help you in securing good jobs. Sure, you can get a basic knowledge on baking and decoration in most local baking schools and courses but if you really want to be successful then getting trained from a good culinary institute can help you with it.

So, we have listed down few of the best baking schools in different corners of the world which you can consider for your own training. Trust me, these baking schools will make you a baking expert in no time at all.

The Culinary Institute of America

One of the most renowned baking institutes in the entire world, The Culinary Institute of America not only offers full-time courses for aspiring bakers and pastry chefs but also conducts Saturday baking classes. In this institute, you will find tips and instructions for successful baking by experience CIA chefs. They also provide you with an official apron and chef’s hat during the classes and teach an assortment of things like gluten-free baking, pies, tarts, and so on.

Magnolia Bakery, NYC

If you love cupcakes and have always wanted to master making them then Magnolia Bakery is the best place for you to get trained. This place offers icing classes to individuals who are aspiring to become confectioners and then lets you take your creations home too. So, you can attend several 1.5 –hour classes here which will teach you different cupcake decoration techniques so that you can create such beautiful creations at home too.

magnolia bakery

Le Cordon Bleu, Paris

This is undoubtedly one of the best schools to attend for all the pastry chef enthusiasts who wish to take a short course to get trained in the art of baking and pastry making. Their workshops usually take place in a demonstration room so that the students get the feel of the professional environment while learning how to make delicious dishes. Here, you can learn how to make your own bread, prepare freshly baked pastries, making of macaroons, and so on. Trust me, if you are an aspiring patissier then Le Cordon Blue is your ideal institute to attend.

Bread Ahead, London

This is yet another great bakery school which is situated in heart of London’s food market and holds regular classes to display how easy it is to bake. The founders of this institute loved making bread which is why their school usually deals with the teaching of how to make croissants, pizzas, Middle Eastern flatbreads, and so on. You will learn different styles of baking here and will be able to make the perfect donuts after attending just a few classes. So, if you are looking to learn how to bake different types of bread or learn Nordic and Celtic baking styles then Bread Ahead is the place to go.

Truffle Nation, New Delhi

Finally, we have one of the best baking schools in India, TruffleNation, where you can learn how to bake and decorate the cake. This is an absolutely lovely place for all the aspiring bakers to attend who wish to have a proper hands-on training before they can advance their baking career. This school provides the students with the best amenities and facilities and also give them the chance to apply for an official certification once the course is complete. So, if you are in India and wish to learn the art of baking the TruffleNation would be the best choice for you.

Truffle Nation, New Delhi

If you liked our Beef Tenderloin Steak Recipe then you will also love this unique recipe.

Beer Battered Lobster Corn Dogs with Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium Lobster tails, shelled and finely diced
  • 1 12 ounces can of Beer (of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour, plus 1 additional cup for dredging
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped Parsley
  • 1 large Egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup fresh Bread Crumbs

Procedure:

  1. Pour beer into a large bowl. Sift 1 1/2 cups flour with salt and paprika into the beer, whisking until the batter is slightly frothy. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the parsley, lemon juice, eggs, and mayonnaise. Add lobster meat and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and combine well. Divide the mixture into 8 portions; form each into the shape of a corndog and place a stick into one end of each.
  3. Heat a large pot with 2 inches of vegetable oil until the temperature reaches 375 degrees.
  4. Dredge each corndog with flour followed by an additional dredge into the beer batter. Holding each corndog by the stick, lower each piece into hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Cook in batches to avoid sticking. Serve with spicy mustard sauce.

 

Spicy Mustard Sauce

Yield: 3/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Procedure:

  1. Combine mustard and vinegar in a small bowl. Blend well. Cover and let stand at room temperature (up to 8 hours).
  2. Combine mustard mixture, sugar, and egg yolk in a small saucepan.
  3. Cook over low heat until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.

If you liked our previous apple pork recipe then I am sure you will like the recipe I am sharing with you today.


Apple-Walnut Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Walnut Oil
  • ¼ cup Onion, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 ½ teaspoons Honey
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples (approximately 1 ½ pounds total weight), peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch cubes.
  • ¼ cup Sherry Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted in a sauté pan over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly Ground Black Pepper

Procedure:

  1. Put the butter and walnut oil in a medium-sized sauté pan and warm over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and sauté, uncovered, until lightly browned about 10 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat up to high and add the sugar and honey.  Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the apples and sherry vinegar.  Bring to a boil and continue to boil until the vinegar has reduced by two-thirds, about 10 minutes.  Add the walnuts and cook an additional 5 minutes.  Remove the pan from heat, stir in the salt and pepper, cover to keep warm, and set aside.  Store in a sealed container for up to a week.

Today I will share with you Apple & Cognac Braised Pork Roast recipe.

Apple & Cognac Braised Pork Roast

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoon fresh Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Sage
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 boneless rolled Pork Loin roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Oil
  • 1 cup chopped Onion
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, minced
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup thawed unsweetened Apple Juice Concentrate
  • ½ cup JC Apple Cognac
  • ½ cup Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Procedure:

  1. Combine 1 teaspoon thyme, sage, and pepper and rub over pork.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meat on all sides in oil; remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same pan, sauté onion garlic, ginger, and apple for 3-5 minutes or until tender.
  4. Add cognac (watch out for flame) and reduce by 2/3, then add apple juice concentrate, stock, and salt; bring to a boil.
  5. Return meat to the pan.
  6. Cover and bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until desired doneness, basting occasionally with juices.
  7. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm.
  8. Pour cooking liquid into a measuring cup; skim off fat.
  9. Place back into the pan and bring to a boil.
  10. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme.
  11.  Serve warm over sliced pork.

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Have you ever worked a coffee grinder before? No? Well, buying a coffee grinder is not enough, you need to learn its mechanics to work it efficiently too. A coffee grinder requires a little more training than working a coffee machine and if you don’t want your coffee to taste bitter then it would be advisable for you to master this skill quickly.

So, how does a coffee grinder even work? Do you just pour in the coffee beans and start it? Let’s start by discussing the different types of coffee grinders and how each of them functions. If you are looking for a good coffee maker, you can check out ninja coffee bar.

Burr Grinder

Whether it is a manual burr grinder or an electric burr grinder, both of the more or less the same mechanics. A burr grinder has two burrs outs of which one burr is attached to the grinder and the other to the motor or the rotating handle. When you turn on your burr grinder, it grinds the coffee beans and then pushes the fine powder through a chute into the door with the help of the rotating paddle.

If you want to adjust your burr grinder, you would need to move the burrs closer or farther away from each other. If you want a coarser grind, then move the burrs away from each other and if you want a finer grind, then move the burrs towards each other. You can make this adjustment by turning the knob on the side of the grinder body. For this adjustment, you will need to first unlock the grinder and then make the desired changes. Make sure that you don’t forget to lock the grinder back once done with the settings to avoid the grind settings from shifting.

Blade Grinder

A blade grinder uses rotating metal blades to chop up the coffee beans into smaller fragments. This type of coffee grinder comes with a plastic top that can easily cover a coffee bean reservoir. The metal blades are seated directly in the middle of the reservoir and the beans are poured into this reservoir. Once that is done, the top is placed back on to avoid any ground coffee spills.

You might need to put some pressure on the top or the button to make the blade spin. Now, with a blade grinder, you won’t get an evenly ground coffee so it would be better to grind your coffee beans in batches instead of dumping the whole thing at once.

So, once you have put an adequate amount of coffee beans in the reservoir, put the lid back on and press the button to start the grinder. If you want a coarser grind, then you can just grind your coffee beans for 8-10 seconds but if you want a finer grind, then you would need to grind your coffee beans for 10-12 seconds multiple times. Since a blade grinder uses metal blades to chop up the beans, they tend to produce a high temperature which can affect the coffee aroma and flavor.

Yield: 12 one cup servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 each shallots, diced
  • 1 each leek stalk, diced and washed
  • 1 each yellow onion, diced
  • 2 each lemongrass stalk, minced and cleaned
  • 1 ounce ginger, cleaned and minced
  • 2 each garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • Crème Fraiche, for garnish
  • Chopped pistachios, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons Salt
  • 4 cloves Garlic, smashed
  • 6 sprigs Thyme
  • 4 Duck Legs with thighs
  • 4 Duck Wings, trimmed
  • 4 cups Duck Fat

Procedure:

  • Toss butternut squash with olive oil and roast at 425º for 30 minutes or until tender, rotating halfway through.  While the squash is roasting, sauté onions, shallots, leeks, lemongrass, ginger and all aromatics with butter in a large stock pot for ten minutes or until tender.
  • Add roasted squash, vegetable stock, coconut milk, cream and salt to the sautéed mixture.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Turn heat off and puree using an immersion blender.  Garnish with chopped pistachios and crème Fraiche.
  • To add protein to the dish, prepare duck confit to be added to the soup. Instructions for the confit are as follows: Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Melt the duck fat into a small saucepan. Brush the salt and seasonings off the duck. Pour the melted fat over the duck and place the confit in the oven. Cook the confit slowly at a very slow simmer – just an occasional bubble – until the duck is tender and can be easily pulled from the bone, 2-3 hours. Remove from oven and store duck in the fat.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 (7- to- 8 ounce) Beef Tenderloin Steaks (about 1 ½ inch thick, each)
  • Coarse Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 6 tablespoons chilled Unsalted Butter, divided
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, peeled, smashed
  • 2 fresh Thyme sprigs
  • 2 fresh Rosemary sprigs

Ingredients for Dijon-Cognac Sauce:

  • 1 cup finely Chopped Shallots
  • ½ cup JC Cognac
  • 2 tablespoons Tawny Port
  • 3 cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

Procedure:

  • Preheat oven to 250°F. Sprinkle steaks on all sides with salt and pepper.  Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat.  Add steaks and sear until brown, about 2 minutes per side.  Reduce heat to medium-low. Add 3 tablespoons butter, garlic, thyme, and rosemary to skillet.  Cook steaks to desired doneness turning occasionally and basting with pan juices, about 12 minutes for medium-rare.  Transfer steaks to small rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in oven.
  • Pour contents of skillet into small bowl.  Return 3 tablespoons drippings from bowl to same skillet and place over high heat. Add shallots and sauté 2 minutes.  Add Cognac and Port and stir 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Add broth and boil until sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 12 minutes.  Whisk in Dijon mustard, then remaining 3 tablespoons cold butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  • Arrange steaks on plates; whisk any accumulated juices from baking sheet into sauce. Spoon sauce over steaks and serve.

Yield: 16 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bulk Chicken Sausage
  • 1/4 cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 10 ounces clean fresh Spinach
  • 1/4 pound Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 10 sheets frozen Phyllo Dough (17 x 13″ rectangles), thawed
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted

Procedure:

  • In a large skillet cook sausage and onion over medium-high heat till sausage is done and onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and stir in spinach, feta cheese, parsley, pepper and egg. Set aside.
  • Unfold the Phyllo dough. Spread 1 sheet flat; top with another sheet of Phyllo (keep remaining pieces of Phyllo under a damp cloth to prevent from drying out until you are ready to use).  Gently brush with some of the melted butter.  Repeat this step with remaining sheets of Phyllo, brushing each with butter. Reserve 1 tablespoon butter to brush once rolled.
  • Spread sausage mixture lengthwise over bottom third of layered Phyllo dough to within 2 inches of ends. Fold ends over. Carefully roll up the Phyllo and cut into 16 even pieces using a serrated knife.
  • Place each piece, seam side down, on an ungreased baking sheet; brush pieces with the 1 tablespoon butter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or till golden.

Yield: 1 large martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Jagermister
  • 1 oz Baileys
  • 1 ½ oz cola
  • Splash of cream
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 pieces candy corn
  • 1 piece black licorice

Procedure:

  1. In a cocktail shaker add ice, Jagermeister, Baileys, cola and cream. Shake at least 8-10 times and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with candy corn and use licorice as a straw.