How to Cook

How to Cook with Ginger

Fresh ginger is one of the greatest ingredients in my arsenal. Spicy, bracing, zesty, assertive, uplifting. In almost every stir fry, in cocktails, in baked goods, in marinades. It’s one of the easiest ways to add bang-for-your-buck flavor to so many dishes.   How to Peel Ginger (with a Spoon!) You can surely use a traditional vegetable peeler, but the lumps and bumps of ginger make it a little hard to navigate. A plain old teaspoon however is a great too for peel ginger. The skin of ginger is very thin, so just scrap over it with the edge of …

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How to Peel Pearl Onions

Baby onions are so charming in different dishes, from the classic peas and creamed onions on the Thanksgiving table, or a nice tray of roasted vegetables. But they are a pain in the neck/fanny to peel. Yes, you can go for the bag of frozen peeled pearl onions, and for many purposes that’s fine, but sometimes you want fresh…. but you don’t want to spend the better part of a day separating the peels from the onions.   What Kinds of Onions Can Be Peeled? This works on all kinds of small onions, from pearl to Cippolini. Pearl onions can …

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How to Warm Tortillas

Whether you are making soft tacos, enchiladas, or a layered Mexican casserole, you will be amazed at how much better your dish gets if you heat your tortillas first. The texture becomes a lot more pliable, especially in the case of corn tortillas which can be dry and crack when they are folded or bent. But even more importantly, whether flour or corn, the flavor of the tortillas becomes so much more toasty and satisfying. And while you can warm them in a stack in the stove (wrapped in foil) or in the microwave (on a plate, with a damp …

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How to Make a Graze Board

If you have dipped into Pinterest even briefly over the past few years, you know that Graze Boards are A Thing. Beautiful boards or platters will filled all kinds of different foods ready to be sampled, snacked up, nibbled, and ok, grazed. It’s such a nice way to entertain, or even to offer up a room temperature meal for your family during game nights or movie nights or what have you. I’ve been making them for years, though I will confess, not as carefully or artfully as some of the ones I see in all those purty pitchers on the …

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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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