Cooking Tips

How to Cook Kohlrabi

We continue our exploration of somewhat weird and possibly confusing produce! So far we’ve tackled: How to Cook Broccoflower How to Cook Butternut Squash How to Cook Pears How to Cook Pumpkins How to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash   And now…. it’s kohlrabi’s turn! FAQs About Kohlrabi What is Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is a member of the cruciferous, or cabbage, vegetable family, with an edible bulb and also edible leaves.   What Do Kohlrabi Look Like? Kind of like a UFO. Kohlrabi are about the size of an orange, heavy for their size, with a bunch of stems sticking out …

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How to Chiffonade Basil

What is “Chiffonade” or “Chiffonaded”? Glad you asked (clearly you didn’t get to this page by accident). To chiffonade is to cut thin strips of a flat leafy vegetable or larger leaf herb. It is a cutting technique that you can use with things like lettuces and — very commonly — basil, and it results in sliver-like curled strips that look very elegant when mixed into or strewn over various dishes. It roughly translates to “in rags,” though it looks a lot classier than that.   How Do You Chiffonade Basil (or other flat leafy things) 1. Stack a few …

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How to Make Perfect Roasted Peppers

You see them gleaming on antipasti platters, or behind the glass at high end prepared food counters. Silky, brightly colored roasted peppers. Tender, lush, velvety, slightly smoky. And now you are going to make those exact peppers at home. If you like roasted peppers you should think to make a couple whenever you turn on the broiler or the grill, as they take minutes, and then you’ll have them in your fridge to eat and cook with all week long. Any color pepper works: red, orange, yellow, green, purple, striped, whatever. And you can do as many as you like …

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10 Must-Have Pantry Ingredients

A question that is often asked of cooks, food writers and people whose lives revolve around their kitchens: what is your favorite ingredient? My answer is pretty much always a combo of two, olive oil and salt.  But that is just the beginning.  Here are some of the everyday pantry staples that make cooking a pleasure, food delicious, and weeknight meals easy.  Plus some ideas for how to put them to good use. 1. Olive Oil, Pure and/or Extra Virgin Olive Oil In a perfect world, you’ll have both kinds on hand, more if you are interested in a variety …

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How to Cook Beets

If you are amongst the many people who think cooking beets (sometimes called beetroots) at home is messy and intimidating, you are far from alone. But they are so wonderfully sweet and have such a luxurious, silky texture that it behooves us all to get over it. Let’s make this beet thing a reality. What Are Beets and What Do They Taste Like? Beets, or beetroots, are a root vegetable, the taproot of the beet plant. They have a sweet and earthy flavor, which intensifies when cooked.   How Do You Cook Beets? Beets can be cooked in a variety …

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How to Cook Rutabagas

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 rutabagas, or tried them at a restaurant and you’d like to introduce them into the home meal rotation. And maybe you don’t know exactly how to cook (or shop for or store or prepare) some of the vegetables and fruit you bought home. So highly fixable! Let’s go! FAQs About Rutabagas What Is a Rutabaga? Rutabagas (sometimes called Swedes in parts of the world) are fairly similar to turnips, with a slightly bitter …

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