How to Cook

How to Cook Leeks

Let me start by saying that leeks (along with shallots) happen to be one of my very favorite parts of the gorgeous world of onions. So I am truly happy to be spreading the leek gospel. Once you start cooking with leeks, you will always want to have them in your fridge. All About Leeks What Are Leeks? Leeks are a member of the Allium family, which is essentially the onion family, and can really be used in any way that you would use an onion….which as you surely know is lots and lots of ways.   What Do Leeks …

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How to Cook Artichokes

Recently I was asked to name my favorite vegetable, and I was stumped/torn, as I like so many. My sister however, would not have hesitated for a second: favorite vegetable, artichoke; second favorite, artichoke; third favorite, artichoke. She might actually choose an artichoke over a slice of cheesecake—just kidding, she’d choose the cheesecake. What is an Artichoke? For many of us, artichokes are definitely one of my most alluring and mysterious vegetables around. A tender, slightly sweet heart sits in the middle surrounded by a battalion of pointy leaves—they look much like flowers, and they are actually a member of …

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How to Cook Vidalia Onions

Vidalia Onions are one of the most delightful members of the onion family. Get to know them, especially if you are a person who find the sharp strength of many other onions a bit overpowering. How to Cook Vidalia Onions What Are Vidalia Onions? They are a form of sweet onion, though not all sweet onions are Vidalia. Vidalia come from Vidalia, Georgia (or thereabouts), and there are other sweets onions, such as Maui Maui from Hawaii, and Walla Walla from Washington State. They can be used interchangeably – more sophisticated onion connoisseurs can probably tell the difference between the …

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How to Safely Thaw Frozen Meat

For safety reasons, meat should never be thawed on the counter at room temperature or in a bowl of warm or hot water (anything over 105° F ). The following methods will show you how to thaw meat and keep it out of the temperature zone that allows bacteria to grow, 40° to 140°F, which is the “danger zone” for the growth of microorganisms. In general, larger cuts of meat should be thawed in the refrigerator, as the meat will start to cook on the outside if it is thawed in a microwave, and it will take a very long …

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How to Cook Kohlrabi

We continue our exploration of somewhat weird and possibly confusing produce! So far we’ve tackled: How to Cook Broccoflower How to Cook Butternut Squash How to Cook Pears How to Cook Pumpkins How to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash   And now…. it’s kohlrabi’s turn! FAQs About Kohlrabi What is Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is a member of the cruciferous, or cabbage, vegetable family, with an edible bulb and also edible leaves.   What Do Kohlrabi Look Like? Kind of like a UFO. Kohlrabi are about the size of an orange, heavy for their size, with a bunch of stems sticking out …

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How to Make Perfect Roasted Peppers

You see them gleaming on antipasti platters, or behind the glass at high end prepared food counters. Silky, brightly colored roasted peppers. Tender, lush, velvety, slightly smoky. And now you are going to make those exact peppers at home. If you like roasted peppers you should think to make a couple whenever you turn on the broiler or the grill, as they take minutes, and then you’ll have them in your fridge to eat and cook with all week long. Any color pepper works: red, orange, yellow, green, purple, striped, whatever. And you can do as many as you like …

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