All About Vegetables

You can either eat locally and seasonally, enjoying certain vegetables such as asparagus for just a few weeks each spring, or you can buy vegetables that were grown in countries whose growing seasons run opposite to ours.  Regardless of how you choose to eat your vegetables, you need to know how to choose them and how to cook them. Which ones are better raw, or blanched.  Learn how to caramelize onions and other vegetables to lend deep, sweet flavor to stews and soups. And also find articles on quick cooking methods like stir-frying, which is a great way to get a lot of different vegetables onto your plate in very little time.

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

May 4, 2016 0 Comments
Spicy Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Sweet Potato Mashers I adapted this recipe for mashed sweet potatoes from one of my cooking magazines. It’s pretty straight forward for any mashed potato dish except for the addition of an Anaheim pepper to spice it up a little. Anaheim Peppers This variety of pepper is a milder variety of the New Mexico chili […]

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Cooking Onions at Home

September 18, 2012 0 Comments
Cooking Onions at Home

All About Onions Onions are an indispensable commodity in cuisines the world over. They are highly versatile, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods. Onions are underground bulbs related to the lily family. Choose ones that are firm with no soft spots and store them in a cool, dry place. Do not […]

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Butternut Squash

September 17, 2012 1 Comment
Butternut Squash

All About Butternut Squash Butternut squash is a winter (hard) squash. It has firm orange flesh and a satiny-smooth pale orange-beige exterior and is somewhat pear-shaped.  If a squash can be considered handsome, this one is. When cooked, butternut squash is a bit sweet and nutty and reminiscent of pumpkin. In fact you can treat […]

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Cooking with Hot Peppers

September 16, 2012 6 Comments
Cooking with Hot Peppers

Four Recipes for Cooking With Hot Peppers By contributing writer Mark R. Vogel Some Like It Hot Do you like hot food? I mean really hot food? Are you a chile head? Then let’s talk hot peppers. Chile peppers, of which there are almost 200 varieties, have been cultivated since 6200 B.C. All chile peppers […]

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Squash – Autumns Ambassadors

September 16, 2012 0 Comments
Squash – Autumns Ambassadors

Butternut – Acorn – Spaghetti Squash By contributing writer Mark R. Vogel The envoys of fall arrive to greet us well before the autumnal equinox. Gourds, which include pumpkins, winter squash, and those warty, odd-shaped decorative miniatures, begin showing up in supermarkets and roadside stands in late summer. Appearing even before the leaves start changing, […]

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Winter Squash Varieties

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Winter Squash Varieties

Talk about an early American health food Squash was introduced to the colonists by our native Indians when they first arrived in America. In fact, there is evidence that squash was eaten in South America more than 2,000 years ago. The English name for squash comes from the Narragansett Indian word askutasquash, which means green-raw-unripe, […]

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How to Buy and Cook Corn on the Cob

July 17, 2012 3 Comments
How to Buy and Cook Corn on the Cob

How to Buy and Cook Sweet Corn on the Cob I’m thinking of eating fresh Jersey corn every night for the next week. That’s because I’m on vacation with my family at the Jersey shore and the corn is incredible this year. As sweet as my 4 year old daughters smile, I can’t get enough […]

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How Can You Tell If Your Jalapeno Pepper Is Going to Be Hot

April 30, 2012 22 Comments
How Can You Tell If Your Jalapeno Pepper Is Going to Be Hot

How Hot Is That Pepper? My friend Paula has been teaching me some basics of Mexican cooking and one of the ingredients she loves working with are jalapeno chili peppers. In fact, as a snack, she likes to slice them up and eat them with a little salt and fresh lemon juice like they were […]

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All About Brussels Sprouts

December 6, 2010 0 Comments
All About Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts Are Kid Friendly My kids love Brussels Sprouts but they might just be a conduit for the butter we serve with them. As a kid, I was not eating Brussels sprouts with or without butter. Now I love them and my wife made some for Thanksgiving that could be the best variation I’ve […]

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Fava Beans

April 6, 2010 12 Comments
Fava Beans

Fava Beans:  The Good, the Bad & the Ugly A Little Fava Bean History Pythagoras (c. 580 BC – c. 500 BC), was a Greek philosopher and mathematician whose thinking influenced Plato and Aristotle.  He is eternally familiar to mathematicians for his Pythagorean Theorem which states that in any given right triangle, the square of […]

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