Kevin Banas

It Could be Wurst: School Lunches Then and Now
Kevin Banas
September 17, 2019
It Could be Wurst: School Lunches Then and Now

The second Sunday of every October marks the beginning of National School Lunch week, a time to recognize, appreciate, and support the meal programs at public schools that nourish so many of our nation’s children. Unfortunately, school lunches do not enjoy a great reputation in the United States; they are often derided as bland, over-processed, […]

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The Many Faces of Water
Kevin Banas
May 6, 2019
The Many Faces of Water

Water is one of those strange things that some kitchens can easily ignore, confident in the quality coming out of their tap; while others are cursed to obsess over and spend to improve theirs. Wherever you wind up on that spectrum, it always pays to spend a little effort and attention on your water. As […]

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Waste Not, Want Not
Kevin Banas
March 1, 2017
Waste Not, Want Not

Organic waste management may be one of the least appealing subjects you’ve ever run across.  At the best of times it is an afterthought; something loaded into black bags and tossed into the dumpster after hours. At the worst of times, it means expensive removal and hauling bills, or a major attraction for vermin and […]

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The Anatomy of a Deep Fryer
Kevin Banas
November 5, 2015
The Anatomy of a Deep Fryer

Although not always looked upon with favor by today’s health-conscious gurus, deep frying your food is an ancient method of preparation, dating back to the Roman cookbook, Apicius. The technique was used by nearly all cultures in due time and, by the mid-nineteenth century, the advent of cast iron made it accessible to home cooks. […]

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