01.12.2022

Make French Fries at Home and Save Over $100?

This Black Friday, the deals are absolutely insane. Some of our favorite home gadgets, tech finds, and even snacks are on sale, and we couldn’t be more excited to add them all to our shopping carts.

Today, though, there’s one gadget we can’t wait to add to our kitchen, and that’s an air fryer. But what exactly is an air fryer, and why do you need one?

An air fryer is a way to fry things at home using about 90 percent of the oil you would use if you were to traditionally fry something. That means, you can make healthier french fries, chicken, zucchini chips, or pretty much anything your heart desires.

Plus, just for Black Friday, you can score an air fryer for over $100 off, which might even be better than french fries. Maybe. But, you’ve got to hurry, because this deal ends in a matter of days!

Gumbo, Jambalaya, Etouffee: What’s the Difference?

New Orleans cuisine has a richly-colored heritage, but unless you’re from around there, it sure can be confusing. Not only is it hard to keep track of which dishes are Cajun and which ones are Creole, but those rice dishes can be pretty tough to keep straight! So gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée: what’s the difference, anyway?

Jambalaya

Think of jambalaya as a distant relative of paella. It’s got protein and vegetables (sometimes tomatoes, sometimes not), with rice and stock later simmered together or combined before serving.

Gumbo

In contrast, gumbo – a mix of vegetables and meat or shellfish with thickened stock – is thinner and served as a soup alongside rice that’s cooked separately.

Etouffée

Different from gumbo (which is considered a soup), étouffée’s a main course, made of one type of shellfish (crawfish or shrimp, for instance) that’s been smothered in a thick sauce and sometimes served ladled over rice.

Don’t confuse any of these, of course, with the city’s historic Monday favorite: red beans and rice. Got all that?

I Tried The Pioneer Woman’s Famous Turkey Tetrazzini, and It’s Pretty Much Perfect

Despite its Italian sounding name, the pasta casserole Tetrazzini is all-American, named after a famous opera singer, and believed to have been invented in San Francisco. I tried out The Pioneer Woman’s Turkey Tetrazzini, where she brilliantly suggests using leftover turkey meat in place of chicken, perfect for those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Admittedly, this was my first time ever making a Tetrazzini, and unless you’re making it for eight to 10 people, I suggest cutting The Pioneer Woman’s recipe in half. This dish comes together fast so be sure to prep all your ingredients before you start cooking, including making the spaghetti. I loved the big chunks of turkey combined with the smoky flavor from the bacon. The spaghetti, oozing melted cheese, and panko breadcrumb topping makes this a great meal to curl up with when you need a bit of homestyle cooking.

I found the recipe lacked some key ingredients like fresh herbs, so next time I would add fresh parsley and thyme to elevate the flavors in the pasta. I do, however, like how versatile this recipe is because you can replace the turkey with chicken or seafood or even make it vegetarian with broccoli florets or cauliflower. Overall, this baked pasta is easy to make and would be a comforting home-cooked meal during the holidays.

See step-by-step photos of this comforting casserole ahead, and then make it for yourself.

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