A wok may not be the traditional cooking vessel for Italian pasta, but its high heat and large surface area are perfect for a caramelized tomato sauce, according to chef Sarah Grueneberg. The 2017 James Beard Award winner uses a wok to create pasta arrabbiata with a seared sauce and crispy-edged noodles.
Whole wheat flour tastes nutty and rich, making it an excellent addition for punching up the flavor of a pie crust, Stella Parks writes. To account for the tenderness and absorbency of whole wheat flour, dough recipes should be adjusted to use more water and less butter, she writes.
Restaurants are looking beyond simple, "bottomless" drinks that were once ubiquitous at brunch to offer complex, low-alcohol offerings designed to pair with the menu. Modern morning beverages offer across the country include cold brew coffee spiked with amaro-fig syrup at Milktooth in Indianapolis, and a gin- or vodka-infused vegetable shrub at New York's Sunday in Brooklyn.
The chicory family includes a variety of pleasantly bitter lettuces that are hardy enough to stand up to dressings that are heavy in both texture and flavor. "They want lots of salt and acid and fat. They're dying to be seasoned," said chef Jake Nemmers of Flora Bar in New York City.
Sugar East, a new bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has a tobacco license thanks to a previous tenant, so it allows smoking inside and sells cigarettes. Bartender Jeremy Strawn attracts beverage customers to the venue by crafting unique drinks that take their names from key ingredients such as Charred Lemon and Smoke.
Memphis, Tenn., entrepreneur Craig Weiss built his home with a special wine cellar that allows him to easily display and find the over-3,000 choices in his wine collection, which is heavy on Calif. cabernets.
Leading a group of individuals with diverse preferences and personalities requires emotional intelligence, Kat Boogaard writes. Be sensitive to what your direct reports are going through outside of work, and seek to advocate on their behalf within your organization.
Starbucks took a gamble when it launched a mobile ordering and payment system in 2015, and the bet has paid off -- last quarter saw 9% of orders come in via mobile, and almost one-third were paid for with the mobile app. The international coffee chain plans to grow by 10,000 stores to 37,000 locations over the next four years.
Casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday is in the midst of a strategic review that could result in a sale, and on Monday the company unveiled a 12-month plan to revive sales and return to profitability. The plan includes a simplified menu, the rollout of a mobile app and other efforts to improve the dining experience.
Professionals can make better use of their available time simply by planning schedules in complete weeks instead of individual days, says author Laura Vanderkam. Planning ahead allows you to front-load important tasks to ensure they get done and budget time for things that come up unexpectedly.