TIP OF THE DAY: Roots & Shoots

Even when nature isn’t in full bloom, you can add interest to meals by seeking out less ordinary versions of conventional foods. All you have to do is look for them—at specialty produce stores, farmers markets and online (check out Melissas.com and OmahaSteaks.com, among others). What will you find? The bounty varies by region, but…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Different Types Of French Fries, A Glossary

Today is National Julienne Fries Day. What are julienne fries? How do they fit in with all the other types of fries? Julienne is a French cutting technique, typically for vegetables, in which the food item is cut into long thin strips, similar to matchsticks. Another word for the same cut is allumette. The official…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Lower Calorie Potato Recipes

Carb watchers tend to avoid potatoes, along with rice, bread and pasta. But if you leave off the butter, cheese and sour cream, baked, roasted or steamed potatoes can fit into any eating plan. Potatoes are a source of complex carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy and a feeling of satiety for a longer period of…
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Cooking Video: Make Roast Root Vegetables Au Gratin

  Root vegetables have sustained mankind through millennia of winters, because they last for long periods in cool temperatures. Root vegetables are plant roots eaten as vegetables. Beetroot (beets), carrot, ginger, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, parsnip, potato and sweet potato, radish, rutabaga, salsify, turnip, wasabi, water chestnut and yam are just a portion of the long…
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FOOD FACTS: Types Of Potatoes

Potatoes originated in Peru, where numerous varieties were cultivated including the stunning purple variety in the photo. Today, there are more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes worldwide, classified into two main groups: Waxy potatoes hold their shape when cooked, and are used for potato salad and potato dishes. Floury potatoes have a crumbly texture, and…
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