April 16, 2010
So, how does one go about picking the perfect avocado? It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to get a perfectly ripe avocado is to buy a hard, unripe one. Avocados are different than most fruits. They begin to ripen only after they’re picked. If you choose an avocado that seems soft and ripe,… Read more »
Cooking with the traditional Southern vegetable okra can be tricky. Use frozen okra to keep your dish from getting a slimy texture. If you are using fresh – simply freeze it before slicing and then add it to your gumbo. And, never cook okra in cast iron – it darkens it.
When a recipe calls for citrus zest or a quick shave of a hard cheese, I turn to my Microplane Zester/Grater. It’s so easy to use and one of the tools I don’t cook without. This Zester/Grater is perfect for zesting lemons and limes – it grates the zest without picking up the bitter… Read more »
Ever wonder what’s the best way to keep coffee? The freezer? The fridge? Out of sunlight? In a vacuum-sealed canister? There are a lot of suggested methods, so let’s settle the debate. It’s worth noting that coffee beans are taken from a living plant – so it has a limited shelf life. Because of this,… Read more »