We've all been there: you're just on your second glass of wine, the turkey is coming out of the oven, you're heading in to watch football when the hostess asks you to make the gravy! Or doctor the cranberry sauce. Or toss a salad. I love to help and enjoy whatever style of meal the cook has prepared, but what do you do for basics in a poorly equipped kitchen? (Sure, I once made the best turkey gravy of my life with minimal equipment standing in a friend's kitchen while a very good looking, single guy chatted me up, but that's an exception to the rule. I'm a pressure player.) A reader asks:
How do you cook well when you're at friends or family who do not have decent cooking utensils, or whose spices are 4 years old? How do you make do? What tricks keep you alive?