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It’s been said that a decent cat photo can propel an otherwise quiet living person to virtual fame. For my money, boxer puppy photos win the Internet, but still I present this foggy out-of-focus snapshot for your viewing pleasure… It only took about six months in the Jimmy Rockford for the neighborhood (feral) cat to […]

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Brown is beautiful

When you are looking for a rich brown crust on meat or seafood, steam is the enemy. Here are a few tips on achieving what you see on all of those magazine covers.

  • Blot the surface of meat, shrimp or scallops with a dry paper towel before placing into a hot oiled pan.
  • For fish, let it rest — skin side down — on a paper towel, then sear the skin side first.
  • Sprinkle just a small pinch of sugar onto the meat that is to be seared (this works great for scallops). In most cases, it won’t affect the end flavor result, but nothing caramelizes more quickly than sugar itself.
  • Looking for a beautiful brown-crusted burger? Cook it in cast iron on medium-high heat.
  • Whatever you’re cooking, don’t crowd the pan!
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