TIPS And Tricks
MAKE IT FRESH
For spring’s quick and easy meals, buy the freshest in-season fruits and vegetables you can find. The artisanal and organic produce available at many farmers markets produce exceptionally flavorful salads, slaws, frittatas and desserts.
A COOK’S BEST FRIEND
If you buy only one kitchen tool this month, make it a good knife. Experts recommend knives that weigh at least 7 ounces or more. After that, what matters most is how well it fits your hand. Most cooks find molded plastic handles most comfortable.
PUT THESE ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST
For most cooking and baking, regular ingredients are fine. There are a few items worth splurging on however. These include quality baking chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, pure vanilla, prosciutto and cheese. The difference in taste is remarkable.
I NEED A GOOD CHILLED SOUP. SUGGESTIONS?
In addition to the classic Gazpacho, there’s a host of chilled soups – Sweet Pea with Mint, Cucumber Avocado, Curried Zucchini, and Summer Borscht with Tzatziki to name a few.
I HAVE SOME COCONUT THAT’S TURNED DRY AND HARD. SHOULD I TOSS IT?
No. Put it in a strainer over a steaming pot of water for a few minutes to rehydrate it.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I USE TO COOK QUINOA?
This high-protein substitute for pasta and rice comes in white (golden), red or black varieties. Use a ratio of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. Great with curry, grilled vegetables or braised meat.
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IT ALL STARTED WHEN FATIMA AND GABRIEL WENT LOOKING FOR A GOOD BRÛLÉE RECIPE.
At the time, the two were students at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Like most college students, they looked to the Internet for everything, including recipes. Unlike most other college students, when Stella and Matt got the munchies they wanted more than just pizza.
Frustrated in their search for the perfect cream brûlée recipe, the two started an online collection of their favorites. The rest is history.