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What the heck do I do with these Persimmons?Posted by: CeCe

What the heck is it? A persimmon is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. The most widely cultivated species is the Asian persimmon. This fruit which happens to look, walk, and talk like a tomato is actually a berry. Persimmons have been put to various medicinal...

Posted by: Elizabeth

 I just picked up a little book the other day called “Make the Bread, Buy the Butter.”  It isn’t the best recipe book in the world, but I got it more for the concept, which I really like.  It really got me thinking about what sort of staples can and should be made at home, just...

What the Heck Is Up With Purple Veggies (and other weird colored stuff)Posted by: Elizabeth

 Our nephew came to visit last summer and was simultaneously repulsed and intrigued by some of our slightly unconventional heirloom produce growing in the garden.  Specifically, he was pretty sure there was something wrong with the green beans.  Because they were purple.  The...

Restaurant Insider:  Fact or Fiction??Posted by: Elizabeth

What’s the real scoop on what happens in the back of restaurants?  I know plenty of people who no longer eat hollandaise, fish, or “daily specials” based on books they’ve read about the reality of kitchens.  I also know people afraid to pipe up if they have a problem with their...

How to Follow Recipes And Make Them Not SuckPosted by: Elizabeth

 Recipes.  Nifty little pages that give you all the info you need to cook delightful meals, right?  Wrong!  Too often people get caught up in following a recipe exactly, and then are disappointed by the results.  Have you ever followed a recipe to the “T” just to have...

Restaurant Insider:  Culinary SchoolPosted by: Elizabeth

 As the lives of chefs become increasingly glamorized and highlighted in books and television, the food industry has gained a lot of popularity as a career choice among young and not-so-young people all over.  One of the most common questions I’m asked by friends, students, and random...

What the Heck Is A Kitchen Garden?  And How Do I Start One?Posted by: Elizabeth

 “Kitchen gardens” are all the rage these days.  It seems you can’t read an article about a chef without hearing about their kitchen garden.  While it is certainly an awesome step in eating local and knowing where our food is coming from, it is also a rather vague term that can...

What The Heck Is a Cardoon?Posted by: Elizabeth

 So, here is an embarrassing story about me.  My first year working in a seed-to-table restaurant, after a mighty struggle with a thorny little plant I assumed to be an artichoke, I simply used it for table decoration.  I thought we had just gotten a bad crop of artichokes, they were...

An Adventure In Meal PlanningPosted by: Elizabeth

 Last week I talked about ways to save time and still make delicious food.  I got a couple requests for my meal plans, so I figured there might be a few more people out on the big wide Web who are interested in meal planning.The key for me is making life easy for myself.  For...

3 Quick Tips for Easier CookingPosted by: Elizabeth

 My partner and I both have busy lives, and we have a baby on the way.  He’s gone 15 hours a day, and my days are frequently packed as well, so I know how it feels to be overwhelmed by the idea of stepping in the kitchen and whipping up dinner at the end of a long day.  And I’ve...

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