Cooking Tips

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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Gluten-Free Cookies for the Holidays

Every year I think I’m going to have more chilling-out time during the summer…. and every year I’m wrong. But the truth is (and always has been and probably always will be) is that this is self-imposed. The busy-ness, the over-scheduling—that’s all me, and apparently, it’s built in, and pretty deeply rooted in there. When I found out what FOMO meant, I was all, “YES! Oh my goodness that’s what I have.” I had no idea it had a name. So when I’m heading home on any given night, I might run into someone…. and invite them over. Or when …

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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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