best ovens

ransom’s a procrastinator. like yeah he’s got a 4.0 and generally does life Better Than You, but like look at this and tell me that he isn’t the kind of person to put off the work he should be doing by completely dedicating himself to some kind of random task that piques his interest…..so consider, things ransom has done while procrastinating: 

  • he learned to juggle at the end of fall semester his freshman year while working on a particularly stressful group project. he got up to being able to juggle five hockey pucks
  • at one point while putting off a paper he watched all of the lip sync battles on jimmy fallon. he made an excel spreadsheet and created a points system based on creativity, energy, and song choice, among other things. each contestant is ranked accordingly
  • he memorized all of the tsars of russia with the years of their reign during midterms spring of sophomore year and can still recite them in reverse order
  • he now literally knows everything there is to know about honey bees. everything.
  • during a really bad finals week he created haus survival guides for every possible armageddon scenario. zombies? nuclear fallout? an extremely angry lax bro? there’s a binder for each one on a shelf in the attic’s closet.
  • a convo that has definitely happened:
    • h: “rans? …why do you have like a million liters of diet coke….”
    • r: “i have 130. you know that diet coke and mentos video?”
    • h: “….yeah…”
    • r: “i’m gonna recreate it”
    • h: “don’t you have a test tomorrow?”
    • r: “yeah, and?”
    • h: “….”
    • h: “so….do you want some help?”
    • r: “yeS, bro, this is gonna be ‘swawesome”
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The Stovetop Pizza Oven - By Pizzacraft

With thePizzacraft Stovetop Pizza Oven, pizza nights will become a part of your routine. This product allows you to cook pizzas right on your gas stovetop in a matter of minutes. In fact, you’ll be able to make a number of pizzas in the time that it takes to make just one pizza. Feed your entire family and guests quickly and easily. 
Baked BBQ cauliflower recipe :)

You will need:

–1 head of cauliflower
–1.5 cups all-purpose flour, any flour you like, even gluten-free
–1.5 cups water
–at least 3 cups bread crumbs - I used panko breadcrumbs from Trader Joe’s. You can find panko at other grocery stores too. Or make your own crumbs by toasting a few slices of bread until very dry and grinding them into crumbs in a blender, or grind stale crackers into crumbs, or use a box of vegan stuffing mix.
–an entire bottle (or two) of your favorite BBQ sauce - I used Trader Joe’s Golden Carolina BBQ sauce. THE BEST.

1. Preheat the oven to 425F and line a sheet pan (or any metal pan) with parchment paper (so they don’t stick. oiled foil doesn’t work as well).

2. Cut cauliflower into florets. They will take longer to bake if you cut them larger, just FYI.

3. Have two medium-sized bowls ready. In one bowl, whisk the flour with the water until evenly mixed. Have your crumbs in the other bowl. Keep one hand ‘wet’ and one hand 'dry.’ Dip a floret into the wet batter and make sure it’s covered. Using your wet hand, drop the wet floret into the bread crumbs and give it a good coating using your dry hand. Transfer the breaded floret to the prepared sheet pan. Repeat until all florets are breaded. Bake breaded florets for 20 minutes on the center rack until fairly dry.

4. Pour the entire bottle of BBQ sauce into a bowl. Dunk each floret into the sauce, ensuring each one is covered. Bake sauced florets for an additional 15 minutes, then flip each floret (for even baking) and back for another 15 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

Enjoy!!! 😘😘

Tips from Lori's Kitchen - Reheating Pizza

You guys expressed interest in more cooking and baking tips from me, so I’ll try to do them on a semi-regular basis.

First off, something that isn’t really cooking or baking, more of a…kitchen hack.

How to Reheat Pizza

This is obviously a skill we all need.  Unless you can eat an entire pizza in one sitting, in which case…well done, you.  The rest of us need to save and reheat later (note: I am not besmirching the virtue of cold pizza, but sometimes you just want that crispy bubbly goodness again).

Forget the microwave.  Forget the oven.  Forget the toaster oven.  The best way to reheat pizza is in a skillet.

You heard me, a skillet.  You’ll need a skillet with a lid.

1.  Preheat the skillet over medium heat.  This is important - you can’t use high heat or else the crust will burn.

2.  Put the pizza in the pre-warmed skillet and cover it - if you don’t cover it your toppings won’t get melty enough.  If you don’t have a skillet with a lid, use aluminum foil to cover the skillet.

3.  Wait 5-6 minutes, or until the toppings are nice and melty and bubbly.

I swear, sometimes when I do this, the pizza tastes BETTER than it did when it was fresh.

Enjoy!