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The collapsible serving bowl from Pampered Chef makes so much sense. Push it down and it takes up a lot less space, plus in that position it can be used for chips and dip. Open it up and it can hold two to eight quarts, depending on the size you buy. There’s even a nonskid ring, and a lid for popping it into the fridge or cooler. $17.50 for the two-quart size at pamperedchef.com.
reader response: coffee in brisket
Why would you add leftover coffee to your simmering beef brisket? Joy Whiting tells us “coffee makes it richer both in color and in flavor.” She was writing in response to a request from Maddie of North Miami, who wanted a recipe because she’d once seen her late mother-in-law put it in the Dutch oven while preparing her secret recipe.
“I learned from my mother to waste not want not. Instead of buying a browning agent such as Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet, she’d throw in the leftover morning coffee or the flat can of Coca-Cola. She’d wash out the last of the ketchup bottle with some water to get every last drop and throw it in, too. She could make gravy from anything.”
Mary J. says she has been adding coffee to her brisket “since I was a teenager working as a waitress at a diner and got in trouble for pouring old coffee into the sink. The cook told me it made the stew beef tender when you put it in the pot. I don’t know if that’s true, but she made the best stew I ever tasted so I still follow the recipe she gave me after she finished yelling at me.” Mary kindly shared the recipe here, which does indeed make a very fine and tender brisket. I added the precise measurements as hers, still scribbled on the back of an order ticket, called for interpretation — like the one for “half a teacup of Worcestershire.”
Lucy Marie Houghton
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