How to Cook

How to Cook Sunchokes

Maybe you’ve been lured in by some of the fabulous seasonal produce at a farmers market. Maybe you’ve joined a CSA. Maybe you’ve seen recipes that feature Sunchokes (also called Jerusalem Artichokes), or tried a dish—savory or sweet—made with Sunchokes or Jerusalem Artichokes at a restaurant and you’d like to give cooking with them a shot. And most of us don’t know exactly how to cook (or shop for or store or prepare) Sunchokes. This is about to change! FAQs About Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) What are Sunchokes? Sunchokes also go by the names Jerusalem Artichokes, sunflower choke, or sunroot, and …

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How to Make Puff Pastry Croutons

Most of us usually think of puff pastry when it comes to dessert, but sometimes forget about how many ways it can be used in savory ways. The most classic types of appearance for puff pastry in a savory dish might be atop a chicken or other pot pie, or wrapping a piece of meat or Beef Wellington (such a delightfully old fashioned dish, that I may need to make for my boyfolk soon). But recently I came up with these puff pastry croutons, and mighty pleased with myself I was. You can cut them into any shape you like, …

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How to Cook Parsnips

You may know exactly what a parsnip is and how to use it….or you might not. This is about to change! Frequently Asked Questions About Parsnips What Are Parsnips? The parsnip is a root vegetable related to both carrots and parsley (and come to think of it, don’t the tops of carrots look a lot like parsley?)   What Do Parsnips Look Like? They look much like pale carrots. They are shaped very similarly, a bit wider at the base, with a creamy yellow-beige skin and interior.   How Do I Know Which Parsnips to Buy? Parsnips should be smooth, …

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How to Cook Butternut Squash

Perhaps during a fall trip to the market you’ve been charmed by the heaping piles of colorful winter squash, stout and curvy, and wanted to bring them home. Perhaps you have. And perhaps once you’ve unpacked the squash and put them on the counter, you’ve thought, “Now what?” While peeled and cubed winter squash, most often butternut, is readily available, it is usually much pricier per pound than the whole version. But between you and that delicious bright orange vegetable is an butterscotch-colored armor of a shell, and it’s easy to see why people are intimidated by knowing how to …

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How to Cook Pumpkins

Maybe you’ve been lured in by some of the fabulous seasonal produce at a farmers market. Maybe you’ve joined a CSA. Maybe you’ve heard good things about cooking with fresh pumpkins, or tried a dish – savory or sweet—with fresh pumpkin at a restaurant and you’d like to give cooking with pumpkin a shot, especially for the holidays. And maybe you don’t know exactly how to cook (or shop for, or store, or prepare) fresh pumpkins. Fair enough….let’s fix that!   What Pumpkins Are Best for Cooking? Make sure you are starting with a pumpkin that is meant for cooking, …

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How to Meal Prep Your Week

What if you had a prep cook in your kitchen? A sous chef who made sure that all of the slicing and dicing and mincing and zesting was done for you, so that when it came time to make dinner, all you had to do was wash your hands and start cooking? Most of us aren’t going to get this in our lifetimes…. but what if we took an hour on Sunday evening to be our own prep cooks, and make life easier all week long? Yes, you can buy many of these items pre-cut – but since they’ve been …

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