Cooking Tips

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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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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