FOOD FUN: Kermit Eggplant

Kermit is the name of a small, green eggplant, bred in the U.S. from the round Thai eggplant. It is also known as Garden Egg and Bitter Ball, the latter since they grow bitter the longer they are off the stalk. But some clever American, probably selling the eggplants or the seeds, gave it the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use More Fresh Herbs

Asian cooks add basil to summer rolls. Add them to your own wraps and sandwiches. Photo courtesy Bonnie Plants.   The first week in May is National Herb Week, a time to focus on using more fresh herbs in your cooking. Fresh herbs offer tons of flavor and good nutrition with virtually no calories. The…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Stinging Nettles

Wild nettles. Photo courtesy Good Eggs | San Francisco.   If you like to scour farmers markets looking for rare seasonal delicacies, keep an eye out for stinging nettles, Urtica dioica. Now there’s a name that can get the juices flowing—or not. Some varieties have no sting or burn*; those that do can be neutralized…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking Ingredient Substitutions

Need buttermilk for a recipe? Check out the substitution below. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.   How many times have you started to make a recipe, only to find out you don’t have enough (or any) butter, honey, flour or other ingredient? Don’t panic: A perfectly good ingredient substitution is as close as your…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cooking With Alcohol (Spray On The Booze)

This mini spray bottle is a good size to fill with spirits. It’s available online. Photo courtesy Tolco.   Last week we published a ham crust recipe in which Alton Brown demonstrated one of the secret ingredients: spraying the crust with Bourbon! We asked our consulting chef, Johnny Gnall, to consider how the spray-on booze…
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