cooking techniques

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 Essential Cooking Methods Everyone Should Know

s As the New Year begins, many of us are vowing to cook more, eat better, get more homemade dinners on the table.  We start digging into healthy recipes, load up on some good whole food ingredients, and set those resolutions.  But maybe not all of the terminology is as familiar as it could be.  What does saute mean?  What does braise mean?  Excellent and fair questions.  Here’s are some quick definitions of some of the cooking terms you’ll see in recipes. I wrote this because a while ago I was traveling, and my husband was on his own. We …

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