Serving Up Recipes from Emeril Lagasse’s Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders

Zak Designs, the company known for its colorful tabletop and kitchen prep products, helped sponsor our One-Pot Blogger Party earlier this Fall. They love Emeril, and wanted to chime in with why are they are as excited as we are about being part of bringing Emeril’s attitude of having fun in the kitchen to you. Please welcome them to our blog.

From time to time, we’ll get comments from our customers, some who are aspiring chefs and others who are simply interested in becoming better cooks, asking us what we believe the secret to success in the kitchen is. At Zak Designs, we’ve always thought that the answer is pretty simple: Have Fun!

Although that concept has been a kind of mantra at Zak Designs for years, it wasn’t until we started working with renowned chef Emeril Lagasse that we understood just how important it was to have fun while cooking. Anyone who has ever seen Emeril in person, watched his shows on TV, or cooked from his cookbooks realizes that Emeril personifies having fun in the kitchen. His level of enthusiasm, his unquenchable excitement, and his BAM! are exactly what we want to help people find in their own cooking.

The first step toward having fun in the kitchen is eliminating frustration. One way to do that is to do as much prep work ahead of time as possible. Nothing can take the fun out of cooking faster than trying to chop ingredients as your pot is literally boiling over. When you watch Emeril on TV, you’ll notice that all his ingredients seem to be at his fingertips right when he needs them. That’s not a trick of the cameras–it’s simply preparation on the part of the chef. And you can do the same thing. For example, if you’re making Meat and Veggie Lover’s Deep-Dish Pizza from Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, measure out the various seasonings, sausage meat, mushrooms, flour, cheeses, pepperoni, bell pepper, and basil, then keep them all separate by putting them in prep bowls (might we suggest our Emeril Table Art Flame prep bowls?). Then when you need to dump in mozzarella and the Parmigiano-Reggiano, they’re right there waiting for you, pretty as you please. BAM! Frustration eliminated.

Another trick to eliminating frustration is to reduce the hassle of cleaning up. No one likes to clean up – especially after you worked so hard to make the mess – but it is a necessary evil of culinary creation. However, you can greatly reduce the amount of that necessary evil by using versatile kitchen prep products that can do double – or even triple – duty in a busy kitchen. Find a mixing bowl like the Emeril Batter Bowl, which has measurement markings on the inside. This allows you to measure out ingredients right in the bowl without having to dirty another measuring cup. And, when there’s extra batter or sauce (like Emeril’s Smoky Red Chile Sauce, which goes with his Cheese Enchiladas–we heard it’s so delicious that you’ll want leftovers), you can simply snap on the lid, store it in the fridge, and save that clean up for another day! BAM!

Last but not least, have fun with presenting your food to your guests. Use your Emeril Flame (this is what we gave to the One-Pot Bloggers to test out) and Geo Table Art sets for condiments, appetizers, and sides in fun and unique ways that will have your guests talking before they even take a bite. Now that’s definitely fun.



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  3. Maura says:

    Pot roast would have been the first recipe my hbnsaud would have flagged. Sometimes when he’s been on deployment for awhile, he’ll send me an email saying I could really go for some of your pot roast right about now. And it’s almost always the first meal he wants when he comes home. Such great comfort food! Can’t wait to check the book out…

  4. susan benton says:

    30AEATS took part in the One-Pot blogging party and had a great time! Using the flame bowls to separate chopped ingredients when cooking a One-Pot recipe, as well as to serve a variety of components in a One-Pot meal, were just two ways to put the ZAK flame bowls to use. I would highly recommend this fun and useful product!

  5. Judy says:

    The flame set is definitely fun! Thanks, Zak! for making that giveaway possible, and for my own set too. 🙂

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