How to Cook

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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How to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash

So, these vegetables aren’t necessarily unfamiliar, like kohlrabi or rutabegas….but when zucchinis come into season they hit like a vegetal tsunami, bursting from the garden by the dozen (“wait, there were only about 6 of those when I went to bed last night!”), piled at the farmers’ market, practically free at the supermarket, omnipresent in your CSA at the end of the summer. How to use it all, and not feel like zucchini bread is coming out of your ears (not that there’s anything wrong with a plentitude of zucchini bread—and you probably have neighbors!). What Are Summer Squash and …

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How to Cook Hearts of Palm

Me and hearts of palm, we have a thing. I always loved them (more on why you should love them too in two tics). And then when I was pregnant with Charlie they were my top craving. I ate at least a half jar a day. Whatever was not great about them was offset by the fact that I wasn’t eating a cheesecake, so I felt good about that.  I didn’t say there was no cheesecake, just not daily cheesecake. What Are Hearts of Palm? The most obvious question is….are these really the hearts of palm trees? And the answer …

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How to Prepare and Eat Dragon Fruit

We have to start by saying that Dragon fruit is clearly one of the most dramatic fruits around. If you have teenagers, especially if you have teenage girls, then you may be familiar with the term “extra”. Extra basically means what is sounds like – above and beyond, a bit more than what the norm is. This is a phrase used to describe someone who is a little much, dramatic, emotional, sometimes needy, or a little bit of a pain in the butt. Anyway, I don’t want to attribute human qualities to produce, but if a fruit was going to …

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How to Cook Peaches and Nectarines

It’s not like peaches and nectarines are exactly a mystery fruits to most of us. The pleasure of eating a ripe summer peach out of hand can’t be overstated. But when they are in season you want to make the most of them, and figure out how to include them in every meal, in every course. Here is some info on how to make the most of two of the best stone fruits of the summer season. What Exactly is a Peach or Nectarine? Most of us (at least me, and I’m guessing some of you) don’t know that the …

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How to Make a Galette or Crostada

Baking a pie or a tart understandably unnerves some people. The pastry alone seems daunting. But with chilled ingredients, a light touch, some patience, and a fairly simple seasonal filling, it’s as easy as….. well, a galette. Read through all of the instructions, then head over to Yellow Plum and Crystallized Ginger Galette and give it a go! What is a Galette?  What is a Crostada? A galette is essentially a free-form tart, baked on a baking sheet instead of in a pie or tart pan. They are rustic looking and the pastry is folded up around the filling so …

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