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Molecular March: That’s a Wrap

What a month! We spent March showing you how to use Molecular Gastronomy techniques to enhance the flavors and textures of your dishes. From foams to gels to the Sous Vide, there area wealth of options for the experimental chef. We ushered in the month with a fantastic demo by the people from Culinary Imports, who showed us the tip of the molecular gastronomy iceberg. We snapped some interesting and fun photos from that first week, and wanted to share a few here.

For all the ingredients used in these demos, check out our Molecular Gastronomy page.

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Rice FAQ

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer

The top-of-the-line Zojirushi rice cooker. We’re showing it off this weekend!

We’ve been on a rice kick of late, and for good reason. It’s arguably the most popular food on the planet. And since we’re tinkering with the Zojirushi rice cooker for our in-store demo this week, what better time to visit the uber-grain?

Of course, a food with this much historical significance and variety can’t really be fully documented in a 500-word blog post. Rather, we wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions, ones we get from customers and ones we sometimes have to ask our chef friends.

Rice is kind of like a complicated electronic that you use as a footrest. There are so many things to do with it, but we often settle for the easiest – and blandest – use. Dear friends, let us open our rice owners manual, and see what we’re really working with here…

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Gadget Talk: Food Processors vs. Blenders

Cuisinart Smart Portable Blender

Six, count ’em six, different carafes. If you’ve got lots of blending to do, this machine is for you.

This week, we’ll be featuring an in-store demo of the Cuisinart Smart Portable Blender, a neat, multi-unit blender system that basically allows you to move from one blending project to another, and another, and another… without cleaning or rinsing your blender to start fresh each time. The quick pivot time between blends makes this a fantastic piece of machinery for families, for parties, or for people on the move – one of the best things about it is that the small blending jars double as to-go cups. There’s even a sixth cup that you can use as a mini chopper, adding even more functionality.

In short, there’s a lot to love about this blender – but this sort of multipurpose machine got us thinking about an important question that we hear all the time: What exactly is the difference between what a blender does and what a  food processor does? And which one do I need?

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