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How to Cook Swiss Chard

What is Swiss Chard? Swiss chard (also known just simply as chard) is a leafy green vegetable related to beets and spinach.   What Does Swiss Chard Look Like? The leaves are large and dark green, with pronounced ribbing, and sometimes the stalks will be all one color, usually red or white, and sometimes they will be a blend of colors, with stems of red, pink, orange, yellow and white. This variety is usually called Rainbow Chard or Bright Lights Swiss Chard for obvious reasons. The colors will fade somewhat in the cooking process, but boy are they pretty to …

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How to Make Bacon Lardons

What Are Lardons? You know, I am so glad you asked because the answer is both stupidly simple and also possibly life changing. Because most thing involving bacon can be life changing. Lardons is a fancy word for sliced and fried little chunks of bacon. Sometimes they are called lardoons or even larding. And here is why lardons are such a perfect realization of the already pretty perfect food, bacon. When made well, they are just the right balance between crisp and chewy, with enough heft so that you really feel like you are biting into something, but the crackle …

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How to Cook Ramps

  If you aren’t yet familiar with ramps, that’s cool. Ramps are a source of much pleasure for many, and some poopy snobbery for some (there are “foodies” who think ramps are so over-zealously admired that they dismiss them as trendy or faddish). There is always a lot written about them as each spring approaches, in the foodie circuits, in our seasonally-crazed food world. Let’s dig in a little, but not get too crazy. What Are Ramps? Ramps are a lovely harbinger of spring, wild leeks that are difficult to cultivate, hence part of their mystique (think truffles), and one …

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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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