How to sear a steak

Once a tablespoon of oil in the pan’s shimmering – you’ll see the ripples – put the steak in and leave the burner on high for about a minute, then reduce to medium-high."

Flip it once it’s nice and crusty. "When you do the other side, turn the heat from medium-high back up to high again for a minute. The hotter the heat, the better the sear.

From: gq.com

Book Friday: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book offers fans more than 90 recipes that are easy to make with even an unsophisticated ice-cream maker. The book is spiced with bright, quirky illustrations in full color.

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Now, that’s a knife

A chef’s knife is your workhorse, tackling a good 90 percent of your chop chores. Your other edges: a paring knife and serrated bread knife.

From: menshealth.com

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Weapons in the kitchen

You need only five pots and pans: a nonstick 12-inch skillet, a cast-iron skillet, a large pot for pasta and soups, a 2-quart saucepan, and a grill pan.

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Washing your utensils

Because the extreme heat destroys them, never place the following in a dishwasher: cooking knives, anything nonstick or cast-iron, or wooden spoons

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