Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice, reviewed

Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice

Nothing beats a key lime when you’re going to make a key lime pie. Key limes are more acidic and more tart than Persian limes (the most common variety of lime), and they make for a very bright and sweet-tart pie. I use regular limes when I don’t have key limes because they work just as well and still turn out a very good key ... Read More »

The OCD Chef Cutting Board

The OCD Chef Cutting Board

I don’t want to play down the seriousness of OCD as a condition that many have to deal with, but if you’ve ever tried to really learn the knife skills that classically trained chefs have used for generations, you’ll know that a small element of OCD might actually be helpful in mastering them. OCD in this case, of course, stands for “obsessive chopping and dicing,” ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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