In The Kitchen With Chef John Howie

Three Essential At-Home Cooking Tools from Seattle’s Renowned Chef and Proprietor

Article by Elizabeth Podlesnik

Photography by Elizabeth Podlesnik

Originally published in Bellevue Lifestyle

#1 Cedar Grilling Plank

Known for its fragrant cooking techniques, barbecuing on cedar planks not only adds a unique smokey, savory flavor but it also infuses steam, keeping the meat moist and tasty. Chef Howie has been using his for over 20 years. “It’s a great way to cook fish, pork, roasted vegetables or even an entire meal," says Howie. Seen here with one of his go-to meals: Pork Chops flavored with Rosemary and Garlic complemented by a side of roasted potatoes. 

#2 Citrus Zester

Known as the original zester, this five-prong kitchen tool is a lot more effective than it looks. By pulling along the top of the citrus, the natural oils stay intact as long, thin strands fall off. “It allows you to remove the zest (and only the zest) and keeps the flavorful oil,” says Howie. From there, make sure to finely chop the strands before adding it to your dish.”

#3 Silicone Garlic Peeler

Small but mighty, this unique silicon tube makes peeling garlic quick and easy while saving your hands from its strong scent. By placing the garlic cloves in the tube and rubbing it together, the outer casing comes off in seconds.  “It helps speed up your cooking time by eliminating the tedious effort of doing it with your hands," Howie says.

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