Cooking Tips

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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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, httand 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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10 Things to Do to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer

There are some die-hard grillers that either live in warm climes, or don’t see why a little sleet should stand between them and a juicy grilled steak. The rest of us throw a cover over our grills and wheel them into a garage or other storage spot once the temperature drops, to be wheeled out months later as the mercury climbs back up. But none of us can make the mistake of thinking that last year’s grill is ready to roll as soon as we fire it up. And Memorial Day – it’s here!  Here are the things you need …

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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 bacon bits (but bigger and better). 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 …

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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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