Tips and How-to

3 Things to Try Before Writing Off Brussel Sprouts

by Elizabeth December 17, 2013
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I know a lot of people have bad associations with brussel sprouts, often drawing upon memories of being forced to eat them as kids – I remember my first experience was with brussel sprouts that had been boiled, the result of which was watery brownish-green lumps that tasted like something that might live in a […]

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Holiday Ready Pear Thyme Martini

by Elizabeth November 26, 2013
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I’ve been spending a lot of time at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture recently; I started volunteering for their school farm to table program and we’ve also really been enjoying their public classes. A couple of weekends ago we attended their Thanksgiving Cocktails demo/tasting and it gave us all sorts of mixology inspiration […]

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One of my All Time Favorite Salads

by Elizabeth March 18, 2013
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This roast carrot and avocado salad is the second of my two favorite recipes from ABC Kitchen. I wrote about the first last summer and this is a nice alternative for cold weather.  I adapted this from the NYTimes and Food52 recipes and made some changes to simplify and use what I had in stock. Note […]

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Vegan Umami

by Elizabeth February 21, 2013
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Asian Summer Rolls I made with my class at Natural Gourmet last spring Between meatless Mondays becoming part of the vernacular and national meat consumption down 12% there is a growing interest in finding vegan and vegetarian substitutes.  Besides learning new recipes, a common goal is satisfying a certain flavor profile, often described as “meatyness,” […]

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Milk. It Does a Fish Good.

by Elizabeth January 24, 2013
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I was browsing through an old copy of Cook’s Illustrated and came across one of the best tips I’ve heard in awhile-soak your fish in milk before cooking to remove any fishy flavor.  If you get your seafood from a reliable source and know what to look for when purchasing you shouldn’t come across the fishyness […]

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Wedding Mushrooms

by Elizabeth January 17, 2013
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Here’s a quick week night side dish recipe of sauteed mushrooms in white wine and herbs that we make at least once a week.  It takes only minutes to prepare but you would never know it from the complex umami flavor and the heavenly aroma that fills the kitchen during cooking.  We started calling these “wedding mushrooms” […]

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A Few of my Favorite Kitchen Tips

by Elizabeth October 19, 2012
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Here are a few of my favorite kitchen tips gathered over the years…some were passed down through family recipes, others I learned in culinary school, and the rest came from my favorite cookbooks and magazines as noted. Image via Onceuponachef.com 1. Getting rid of a harsh oniony taste. If you (or your breath) are not […]

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