Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

Can I freeze citrus zest?

While you can go into a market and buy a lemon any time of the year, citrus growing season is primarily during the winter months. This is when you’ll see all kinds of navel oranges, blood oranges, meyer lemons and other citrus at farmers markets – and when the prices in supermarkets are likely to be lower! Fresh juice is always more flavorful in recipes ... Read More »

Farmers Market Necklaces

Farmers Market Pendants

This series of Farmers Market Necklaces from Uncommon Goods isn’t something that will come in handy in the kitchen, but they just might make good gifts – given that the holiday season is fast approaching – for loved ones who like to spend their time there. The necklaces are handmade in sterling silver by artist Lori Strickland and feature semiprecious stones to brighten them up, ... Read More »

Skeleton Chef and Cupcake Spider Jack o’ Lanterns

Cupcake Spider Pumpkin

I’m always inspired to bring a foodie element into my Halloween pumpkin carving and my pumpkins this year were no exception. My first creation was a Skeleton Chef, a skull with a little chef’s hat on top. I wish I had had a slightly larger pumpkin to give me a little more room for the hat, but the finished effect was still both cute and ... Read More »

Can you toast coconut in the microwave?

Toasting coconut

Toasting shredded coconut is a great way to bring out its flavor, just as toasting walnuts, pecans and other nuts brings out their nuttiness. Toasting gives coconut a beautiful brown color and takes it from soft to crisp, adding texture to your recipe in addition to color and flavor. It is easy to toast coconut in a skillet or in the oven, but it is ... Read More »

How to use fresh ginger

Fresh ginger

Fresh ginger is not as friendly looking as powdered ginger, which comes in a neat little canister along with all of the other dried spices. It goes into baked goods along with dry ingredients and requires no prep time. Fresh ginger, on the other hand, looks a little alien by comparison. The bulbous root is firm and it’s not obvious how to use it – ... Read More »

End-of-Summer Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes

Summer is – technically speaking – just about over and tomato plants are putting forth some of their last fruits of the season. My tomato plants aren’t producing quite the bounty that they were a month ago, so I am taking care to make some of my favorite fresh tomato recipes while I still have great summer tomatoes to use in them. My favorite is ... Read More »

Roasted Tomatoes with Olive Oil

Roasted tomatoes with olive oil

I want to have a fancy name for this dish, but I just can’t bring myself to call it anything other than what it is: roasted tomatoes with olive oil. I make this all the time with fresh tomatoes in the summer and it is one of the easiest and best ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes – apart from simply slicing them and eating them ... Read More »

Peach Pitter and Slicer

Peach Pitter

Getting the pit out of a fresh peach or other stone fruit can be a pain in the butt. While they sometimes pop out when you split the fruit in half, those pits stick in there like glue more often than not – leaving you with some rather creatively shaped slices as you try to get around them. I wouldn’t have thought there was an ... Read More »

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