Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

When I buy bananas, I buy more than I need. In other words, if I think that I’m going to eat three bananas in a given week, I buy five or six. The leftover bananas will ripen to the point of being overripe, with dark brown mottled peels that make them look a bit unappetizing as an in-hand snack, but perfect for turning them into ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All About Citrus

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All About Citrus!

I use citrus all year round, but citrus season is in the winter and early spring and that is when everything from limes to tangerines are at their peak. Citrus fruits are very versatile because they are several ways that you can pull flavor from them. You can use the zest for a pungent oil, the juice for its bright sweetness or the whole fruit ... Read More »

What is a Pomelo?

What is a Pomelo?

Pomelos are a type of citrus fruit that are native to Southeast Asia. They resemble a large grapefruit in appearance and are often the largest type of citrus that you can find at a grocery store.¬†They are closely related to grapefruits, but have some distinct differences. They have a very thin skin and a thick white pith. The flesh inside ranges from a yellow to ... Read More »

What are Pink Lemons?

What are Pink Lemons?

Most pink lemonades are made by adding food coloring or other fruit juices to lemon juice – but did you know that there are actually pink lemons that produce pink juice naturally? Pink lemons are not a hybrid fruit, unlike Meyer lemons, but are a variety of Eureka lemons, which are the “everyday” lemons that you’ll find in every supermarket. Pink lemons have yellow and ... Read More »

How to Juice A Passion Fruit

How to Juice a Fresh Passion Fruit

Passion fruits are one of my favorite fruits (although I admit that I do have a lot of favorite fruit!) because its unique sweet-tart, floral flavor really captures the essence of the tropics. The fruit is actually a type of berry and it thrives in temperate climates. While it is associated with the tropics and thrives in temperate climates, there are quite a few varieties ... Read More »

What is chicory?

Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chicory

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France ... Read More »

How to Make Candied Cranberries

How to Make Candied Cranberries

Cranberries are often described as being both tart and sweet, but they definitely lean more towards the tart end of that spectrum. While they do contain sugar, cranberries typically have to be cooked in some way to bring out that sweetness. One unique way to sweeten them up is to candy them! These cranberries are cooked in a sugar syrup that brings out that natural ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are they beautiful to look at – cooked or uncooked – but they are delicious. I find that many people only eat artichokes when they are out, rather than cooking them at home, because they are slow to cook and can be a bit intimidating to work with when you haven’t cooked all that many. Let ... Read More »

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