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How to Cook Hearts of Palm

Me and hearts of palm, we have a thing. I always loved them (more on why you should love them too in two tics). And then when I was pregnant with Charlie they were my top craving. I ate at least a half jar a day. Whatever was not great about them was offset by the fact that I wasn’t eating a cheesecake, so I felt good about that.  I didn’t say there was no cheesecake, just not daily cheesecake. What Are Hearts of Palm? The most obvious question is….are these really the hearts of palm trees? And the answer …

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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 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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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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