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For Today’s Trendy Chef: The Apple Watch for Prep to PR 1. There is no doubt that shortly after the Apple Watch hits the market there will be a recipe app just for the watch. With over 1 million apps already in existence, it’s inevitable…. Read More >

Life, Love, and Good Food: The Blog for the Hopeless Foodie Meet Sheila Thigpen, the writer behind the food blog Life, Love, and Good Food. Her blog is best described as a well curated collection of approachable recipes. When visiting, you’ll find a good combination… Read More >

Serve Up a Scare With Paula Deen’s Favorite “Cauldron” from Lodge With the first few football games under our belt, the pumpkin beverages making their debut, and the kiddos back to school, it’s time to start planning for all the fall festivities. Luckily, Paula Deen… Read More >

How to Add Flavor to Your Favorite Grilled Meals Grilling is an art form. It’s not something you should do haphazardly or on a whim. It requires a bit of finesse and planning ahead. While the process may require a bit more effort than say… Read More >

Take Your Grilling Mastery to the Next Level with these Three Methods When it comes to grilling, humanity has had thousands of years to come up with new, creative ways to complicate things. Admittedly, the majority of these complications are utterly delicious so I suppose… Read More >

Your Independence Day To-Do List The most festive holiday of the season has finally made its way around and for many of us it marks the peak of summer. School has been out for a while but it’s not quite time to start gearing up… Read More >

The Backyard BBQ & Grilling Check List Gearing up for the 4th of July festivities? Make sure you have everything you’ll need for your big cookout with our backyard BBQ checklist. It’s more than just a few burgers and a cooler of drinks. Make sure… Read More >

From Big Events to Local Farmer’s Markets Dale’s Fried Pies Adds Something Sweet From public television to fried pies, Dale Mackey has been serving the Knoxville community since she made her way south from her hometown of Chicago. Though raised in the north, Dale developed… Read More >

Celebrate the 4th of July with American Made Products In celebration of Independence Day, we’ve gathered a list of our made, designed, or assembled in the U.S.A. products for both professional and home chefs. Not only are many of these products staples in the kitchen,… Read More >

Holly Hambright: Chef to the stars and your Next-Door Neighbor For Holly Hambright, success didn’t come from a pre-conceived plan or even from a burning childhood desire. The once aspiring opera singer simply decided she wanted a creative outlet that she could excel in. After… Read More >

Create a Mother’s Day to Remember and Get Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 1. Don’t burn it: If this is the first time you have stepped into a kitchen since baking cookies last December, perhaps you should consider taking your mom to her favorite restaurant on… Read More >

The Super Bowl Ads of 2014 that We Loved Those who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and pay attention to those things may have noticed something missing in this year’s ads. There was a pronounced absence of restaurants putting their names on and… Read More >

Who Played the Super Bowl Best: Social Media Edition If we stopped the above line before pointing out that we’re referring specifically to how social media was used in relation to the big game, this could be a fairly short piece. The Super Bowl itself… Read More >

Brush Up Before You Toast With Champagne 101 When you begin planning your celebration, don’t let the signature drink be a last-minute thought. Champagne is a often-imitated classic, and although it’s hard to go wrong popping the top on the real thing, you’ll want to… Read More >

Smoking Can Produce a Delicious, Flavorful Turkey As with brining, there is a lot of debate about exactly how one should do the smoking of a turkey. While the smoky flavor most people associate with good barbecue is typically produced by a hardwood smoke like… Read More >

Avoid the Food Danger Zone When Smoking a Turkey For smoking, you’ll want a bird that is around 12-14 pounds. Anything bigger will not only not take in much of the flavor you’re working to achieve, it will also take too long to cook, compromising… Read More >

Decorate Christmas Cookies and Enjoy Time with Loved Ones With the clock ticking rapidly toward Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s likely your schedule is filling up quickly. If you’re feeling the holiday stress beginning to escalate, don’t add to it by trying to get… Read More >

KitchenAid Stand Mixers are Great for any Recipe Trying to convince a loved one you need a KitchenAid stand mixer? Looking to find the perfect recipes to break in your new mixer? Skip the search and begin here. We have the top five reasons you… Read More >

Fry Up Sufganiyot for a Taste of Modern Israeli Hanukkah Traditions Pay close attention, because you are officially running out of time. With just a few hours left of the Hanukkah festivities, it’s time to gear up for a Sufganiyot farewell to the Festival of… Read More >

A Food Safety Answer from “Karen” We all know that there are certain temperatures every meat we cook has to reach before we can safely eat it, right? So, a question came up as we were waiting for the turkey to finish cooking this Thanksgiving:… Read More >

The Thanksgiving Recovery Guide for the Non-Fans of Black Friday Shopping The day after thanksgiving has arrived. Whether you woke up to a post-apocalyptic warzone of dishes and leftovers or got up at the crack of dawn to get your shopping spree on, you can… Read More >

We’ll Donate $2 to Fight Hunger for Every Product Review We spend a lot of time here at KaTom thinking, writing, and talking about food. You’d probably expect no less from a restaurant equipment company. But we realize that for millions of our neighbors, food… Read More >

The Kitchen Gadget Fanatic For the person with at least three gadgets to accomplish every task in the kitchen and no idea where any of them are or how to properly use them We have all come to love this person because inevitably this Marry… Read More >

The Healthy Eater For the person in your life who knows the difference between a vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian and also claims to be one Possibly referred to as a rabbit and likely been seen drinking oddly colored breakfast smoothies, let us introduce you to… Read More >

The Baker For the person responsible for killing your New Year’s resolution — every year There are two main categories of baker we will consider here: The perfectionist who can both dream up and properly execute baked goods that look crafted by the hands of… Read More >

Bring the Best of Both Worlds Together with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Recipes This year, the culinary stars have aligned in unique fashion. Not only will we be celebrating Thanksgiving in late November, but as we indulge in piles of turkey and pie, the Jewish Festival… Read More >

The Outdoor Foodie For the backcountry-outdoorsy or the cocktails-on-a-patio kind The outdoor chef is a unique creature. Inspired by earthy flavors, hungry for the natural feeling of the elements while exploring culinary excellence, and likely to be caught wandering off trail in search of truffles,… Read More >

All We Are Saying is Give Green Beans a Chance This Thanksgiving Thanksgiving seems to often consist of many delicious, starchy favorites like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and dressing. Growing up, one of the quickest side dishes to go on our table was sautéed… Read More >

The Wine Connoisseur For the person in your life who partakes in the “spitting” portion of a wine tasting – and the one who doesn’t The wine snob is easy to locate: Simply discuss that time in college when you drank wine from a box… Read More >

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