Techniques

Homemade Ricotta comparison

A Homemade Ricotta Method Comparison

We started receiving zucchini in our farm share a couple of weeks back and while I know that some spiced zucchini bread is in our future when the vegetable gets large, I was looking for something new to try that would enable the delicate buttery taste of young Zucchini¬† and other summer squashes to shine […]

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Buffalo Chicken Pot Pie

ole’ X4 – favorite quick mexican-style meals

I don’t know what it is but I love the flavors of mexican-style dishes and I am always on the lookout for recipes that take those flavors and provide a quick, easy to prepare dish that will feed a large group or work for several meals in a week – IE yummy enough where no […]

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6/18/12 Farm Share

6/18/12 Farm Share

The bounty expands! This week we received two tiny buttery squash, garlic scapes, two varieties of head lettuce. a bunch of radishes with greens, a small head of tender purple-tinged cauliflower, broccoli, bags of spinach and snow peas, Swiss chard and mustard greens, a large bok choy and sweet local cherries. I have to do […]

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June 2, 2012 Farmers Market

…and a few comments on cooking greens

Farmers Markets have moved outdoors now in the great northeast and our CSA share [Consumer Supported Agriculture] starts next week which we are really excited about. I scored some local strawberries and honey crisp apples that will both end up in salads this week along with Boston lettuce, red leaf, baby spinach and more on […]

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Basic Chicken Breasts – Step by Step

Jacques Pepin calls chicken ‘the perfect canvas for a chef’¬† meaning you have so many options for flavors and preparations that will work for you. Roasted white meat has about 9 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat and is a good source of niacin and selenium. I look for free range or vegetarian […]

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Your recipe for recipe success

There is this concept called ‘mise en place’ in the cooking craft. The literal translation is ‘put in place.’ I am betting that almost every craft has this concept but just call it by a different name. To you, if you are new to following recipes and working around the kitchen, it means – get […]

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Basil

Preparing Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs add so much flavor to your cooking and according to the ‘Nutrition diva’, fresh herbs are packed with incredible nutrition. “Herbs are Super Nutritious – Herbs are really good for you. Like virtually all leafy green plants, herbs are quite nutritious. But ounce for ounce, fresh herbs like oregano, rosemary, parsley, and basil […]

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Four Nuts photo

Toasting Nuts

Nuts are energy rich and are packed with protein, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids not to mention a buttery taste unique to each type. From upper left clockwise, the photo shows pistachios, pine nuts or pignolias, pecans and sliced almonds. Nuts are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic and […]

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How to Onions #1

Onions – How to slice and dice

        The first step in slicing or dicing onions is to prep the onion by cutting off each end and peeling off the outer papery layers.               Next, cut the onion in half and place the halves flat side down on the cutting board.     […]

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