How to Cook

How to Prepare Avocados

Avocados are one of the greatest fruits out there (you knew that avocados were a fruit right? Sure are….more on that later). Hardly a chore in terms of those daily servings of produce though – most of us love avocado and think of them as more of a luxurious treat than some to fill the Daily Recommended Allowance of healthy foods.   The Two Main Kinds of Avocados There are actually hundreds of varieties of avocados, but there are two that we see most often in American supermarkets.   At local farmers markets you may get more choices – when you …

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How to Cut Avocados

You order a Cobb Salad in a restaurant and the stripe of avocado comes in gorgeous little cubes. Versus the mushy little blobs you usually end up with. How to get to that? Not as hard as you would think.   How to Cut an Avocado in Half Hold the avocado in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand and a very sharp knife to cut the avocado in half. Usually one does this lengthwise, across the stem and bottom. Twist the avocado to separate the two halves.   How to Remove an Avocado Pit There are two ways to …

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How to Brown Ground Beef on the Stove

Q: How many recipes start by saying “brown the ground beef”?  A: A lot! Browning beef is very simple and if just takes about 5 minutes for a pound of ground beef.  If your pan is nonstick, you’re all set; if not you may want to give a spray of nonstick cooking spray.   Start with a Hot Pan Heat a large skillet or pan over medium high heat.  When the pan is hot, add the beef.  Season with salt and pepper.  If you are preparing ground beef for a recipe, the recipe may direct you to add other seasonings, or other ingredients, …

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6 Fresh Ingredients to Have on Hand

When we think of the word “pantry” we usually think of a closet or cabinet filled with dry goods.  The fridge doesn’t come to mind.  But even though items stored in the refrigerator are perishable, it’s true, some are less perishable than others, and can be considered part of a pantry arsenal of fresh ingredients that you want to keep on hand.  Here are some of my all-time go-to favorite fresh foods — add the ones you like best to your list for next time you hit the grocery store.  1. The onion family The onion family includes garlic, leeks, …

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How to Cook with Arugula

I am a huge arugula fan, and luckily (though somewhat surprisingly) my family is too, even my kids from a pretty young age.  If you like spicy, then you’ll like this lettuce.   What Is Arugula? Arugula, also known as rocket, especially in Europe, is a lettuce.  It is also called rucola, rucoli, rocket salad, roquette, Italian cress, and salad rocket.  It can be harvested and found as baby arugula, which is smaller, more tender, and more delicate, or more mature arugula which is a bit rougher in texture and stronger in taste.     What Does Arugula Look Like? Arugula …

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What is the Difference Between Bruschetta and Crostini?

The Difference Between Bruschetta and Crostini I adore bruschetta and crostini, and think there is no better go-to appetizer for entertaining. Both are pieces of toast with toppings. The rest is often a little loose, in terms of what you may see on a restaurant menu and how the kitchen defines it. But let’s get into the details.   What is Bruschetta? Bruschetta pronounced [brusˈketta], which translates to “a little burnt thing” in Italian (don’t go away, it’s not burnt, it’s just a cute translation), is a crusty slab of grilled or toasted country bread, usually rubbed with garlic, brushed with …

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