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.

Health Benefits of Potatoes

November 25, 2019 0 Comments
Health Benefits of Potatoes

Potatoes Can Be Delicious AND Nutritious With Thanksgiving just days away, I thought I would look at some of the benefits of potatoes. They get a bad rap from some people but when you look a little closer, you’ll see they have some great health benefits too. Here’s the deal.  We’ve been hearing for years […]

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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 “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 variable and exotic […]

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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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Storing Onions and Potatoes Together

May 28, 2018 2 Comments
Storing Onions and Potatoes Together

What I Learned Today About Storing Onions & Potatoes Together What I learned from my Cuisine at Home Issue No. #127 is you should not store onions and potatoes together even though they taste so good when combined in cooking. Just think home fries. Yes, it is true you should not store onions and potatoes […]

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The Impossible Burger Is Now Possible

January 7, 2018 2 Comments
The Impossible Burger Is Now Possible

What Is An Impossible Burger and How Do I Find One Near Me? Today my family and I ventured to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania to have lunch at a restaurant called the Broad Table Tavern that offered the “impossible burger”.  When my mom first introduced the idea, I thought it was going to be a triple decker […]

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Grill Roasted Spicy Corn on the Cob

August 16, 2017 4 Comments
Grill Roasted Spicy Corn on the Cob

How to Roast Corn with Spicy Garlic Butter on the Grill It’s August here in Philadelphia which means great local corn from Pennsylvania and New Jersey is available so we are eating corn on the cob as much as possible. Most of time we husk, boil and serve with butter from our Butter Betty dispenser […]

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Krazy About Kale

June 13, 2017 4 Comments
Krazy About Kale

When Did Kale Become So Popular? Kale has become wildly popular in the last decade, now available in the form of smoothies, chips, salads, and more.  Some people live by it and some people just like to make fun of those who live by it. But where did it come from and why did it […]

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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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