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All About Salad Greens

October 29, 2019 0 Comments
All About Salad Greens

A Look at Salad Greens & Why We Care by Nell Jones “A cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables served with a dressing”. When I hear “salad”, I think of a bed of lettuce with random other ingredients sprinkled on top.  It seems like the “bed of lettuce” has become more […]

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Mushroom Conversions Equivalents and Substitutions

October 11, 2019 0 Comments
Mushroom Conversions Equivalents and Substitutions

Mushrooms can be found in many of the recipes on reluctantgourmet.com but they come in all measurements. In this post, I look at the many mushroom conversions, equivalents and substitutions you may come across when you are cooking with them.   How to Convert Mushrooms for Your Recipes We love mushrooms in our house and […]

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Quinoa Is A Seed Native to Peru

September 25, 2019 0 Comments
Quinoa Is A Seed Native to Peru

All About Quinoa & How to Cook It By Nell Jones Quinoa is a seed native to Peru that was once considered “the mother grain” by the Incans and is now considered a “superfood” by most health conscious people.  It became popular in the last decade because of its role as a healthier carb. Its […]

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What is Umami

July 23, 2019 0 Comments
What is Umami

Our 5th Taste – Umami by Nell Jones “Umami” is one of those words that you are searching for to describe the way something tastes but then convince yourself that there is no word to exist for it.  Well thanks to a Japanese chemist, there is now a word for that savory, yet not exactly […]

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The Difference Between a Roux and a Slurry

July 8, 2019 0 Comments
The Difference Between a Roux and a Slurry

What Is The Difference Between a Roux and a Slurry? by my daughter, Nell Jones November is an important month for citizens of the United States.  Nope, not because of elections.  Thanksgiving.  Do you ever wonder how your mom got the Thanksgiving gravy so thick?  She probably has some support. Thickeners Sauces thicken when a […]

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How Important Is Organic Food

June 13, 2019 3 Comments
How Important Is Organic Food

What Does Organic Food Mean & Is It Worth It by Nell Jones, my oldest daughter The great thing about most grocery stores today is the array of options.  There are at least ten different kinds of chickens and eggs you can choose from. One of these choices is whether or not to choose the […]

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Difference Between Peppermint and Spearmint

March 12, 2019 0 Comments
Difference Between Peppermint and Spearmint

What Kind of Mint Am I Growing In My Garden? Someone recently asked me about the mint growing in their garden. Is it peppermint, spearmint or some other kind of mint? I had no idea so I did a little research so I had a better understanding of mint varieties and then went out to […]

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Piave Vecchio Cheese

February 12, 2019 1 Comment
Piave Vecchio Cheese

All About Piave Vecchio from Italy If you like Parmigiano- Reggiano and aged Gouda, you are going to love Piave Vecchio. A wonderful cheese made with high-quality, pasteurized local milk and tastes like a young Parmigiano with a bit of aged Gouda. Nutty almonds with tropical fruit, this is another of what I would call […]

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How NOT to Season Food With Salt

December 10, 2018 2 Comments
How NOT to Season Food With Salt

Common Mistakes When Seasoning With Salt Salt is critical for bringing out flavors in the foods we cook. One of my problems with eating out, especially at good restaurants, I find chefs often over salt their dishes. I’m not sure why and this would be a great topic for another article but I find it […]

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How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

December 3, 2018 0 Comments
How NOT to Season Foods – Spice and Herb Chart

A Simple Chart Describing Herbs & Spices & How to Use Them Let’s take a look at some of the more commonly available herbs and spices.  These listings are by no means exhaustive.  Many of the spice plants are not native to the United States; in these cases, I provide the USDA hardiness zone information […]

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