how to cook

How to Cut Avocados

You order a Cobb Salad in a restaurant and the stripe of avocado comes in gorgeous little cubes. Versus the mushy little blobs you usually end up with. How to get to that? Not as hard as you would think.   How to Cut an Avocado in Half Hold the avocado in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand and a very sharp knife to cut the avocado in half. Usually one does this lengthwise, across the stem and bottom. Twist the avocado to separate the two halves.   How to Remove an Avocado Pit There are two ways to …

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How to Cook with Arugula

I am a huge arugula fan, and luckily (though somewhat surprisingly) my family is too, even my kids from a pretty young age.  If you like spicy, then you’ll like this lettuce.   What Is Arugula? Arugula, also known as rocket, especially in Europe, is a lettuce.  It is also called rucola, rucoli, rocket salad, roquette, Italian cress, and salad rocket.  It can be harvested and found as baby arugula, which is smaller, more tender, and more delicate, or more mature arugula which is a bit rougher in texture and stronger in taste.     What Does Arugula Look Like? Arugula …

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How to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash

So, these vegetables aren’t necessarily unfamiliar, like kohlrabi or rutabegas….but when zucchinis come into season they hit like a vegetal tsunami, bursting from the garden by the dozen (“wait, there were only about 6 of those when I went to bed last night!”), piled at the farmers’ market, practically free at the supermarket, omnipresent in your CSA at the end of the summer. How to use it all, and not feel like zucchini bread is coming out of your ears (not that there’s anything wrong with a plentitude of zucchini bread—and you probably have neighbors!). What Are Summer Squash and …

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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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