Daniel Hershman-Rossi

I teach beginning band and strings to 4th and 5th graders in Seattle.

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The Best Way to Clean Your Filthy Microplane, Zester, or Grater

I love this series! Can you do one about cleaning manual pasta machines? What a pain in the ass those are!

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Kitchen Shortcuts

I buy deli containers at Webstaurant Store. I bought about $70 worth of them last time we moved (2 years ago) and we still have almost every single one. Wash them well and they can be reused tons of times. Tomato/chili will discolor them, but I've found that you can even get that out with a little Magic Eraser. The only thing that really seems to wreck them is freezing with too much liquid/ice cream (then they crack).

I also love peeled garlic and Goya canned beans!

8 Must-Eat Mexican Sandwiches in Chicago

A whole article on tortas and there's only one restaurant on the list in Little Village / Pilsen? I sure wish SE would talk more about the great food on the South and West sides of the city.

The Food Lab Turbo: Forget the Flank, Skirt Steak is the King of Stir Fries!

Skirt steak tends to be more inexpensive at Hispanic grocery stores. Here in Pilsen it's usually about $5-$6/lb, cheaper around the Major Grilling Holidays.

Cook the Book: 'Afro-Vegan' by Bryant Terry

This looks like such a great book!

A plate of spaghetti with too much sauce reflects my Italian-American identity. With, honestly, one of those paper cans of romano cheese.

How to Make Sweetleaf's Iced Chicory-Coffee 'Rocket Fuel'

"Standard cold brew ratios are 1 part coffee to 4.5 parts water. Rocket Fuel is a little more demanding, so 1 part coffee/chicory mix you'll use 6 times that in water." So just to clarify: make the 2:1 coffee/chicory mix and then dilute that at a ratio of 1:6?

Open Thread: How are You Going to Cook Your Turkey?

I'm doing two turkeys this year: one spatchcocked per Kenji's recipe (it was a hit last year, no need to change anything!) and one grilled rolled boneless breast [with separate grilled thighs/wings/legs] following the Cook's Illustrated recipe. It's pretty similar to the Turchetta recipe, but without the curing spices and stuffing. I'm spatchcocking / rolling and salting both of them this evening... wish me luck!

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

I used a thermometer while frying some apple cider donuts for a "Tom Turkey" gift swap at my school! (I'm an elementary school teacher).

How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey

Do you have to do anything to the drumsticks to make the skin and flesh pull away from the ends of the legs like that? I seem to remember seeing Pepin make little incisions near the tips of chicken legs for that reason.

Cocktails to make with ginger liqueur?

This is a self link, but I like to make a Fred and Ginger (, which is ginger liqueur with bourbon and lemon.

Sponsored Giveaway: Enter to Win Tervis Products

I like to drink water from my Klean Kanteen, but more often than not I reach for a Mason jar for my beverage drinking.