Pumpkin Puree

Most pumpkin recipes call for a pureed form of the winter squash. You could bother with peeling, cutting and boiling the pumpkin meat, or you could use this simple technique that roasts the pumpkin right in the rind. A moderate oven, about 350°F (175°C) will help evaporate the water while allowing the sugars to caramelize

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Pumpkin

In the U.S., where most fruits and vegetables are now available year round, pumpkins remain steadfastly seasonal.  In early August, they are virtually non-existent, but as soon as a hint of autumn fills the air, these vibrant orange orbs show up by the score; not just at the market, but in everything from muffins and

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Lemon Posset

While writing this profile on lemons, I asked a group of food writers, “What’s the quintessential lemon dessert?”  As one would imagine, all the classics were suggested–lemon bars, lemon meringue pie, lemon pound cake, etc.  But it was a writer from the UK who got my attention with a suggestion of lemon posset. I had never heard of it

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Authentic Belgian Waffles

If you order Belgian waffles for breakfast in Brussels, don’t be surprised if the waiter gives you a curious look.  What we Americans refer to as “Belgian” waffles—thick with deep pockets, crispy on the outside, and moist and airy on the inside—do not exist in the land of their namesake. They’re actually a variation of Gaufres

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Blueberries

Native to North America, there are generally three varieties of blueberries grown in the US. Lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium agustifolium) grow only about a foot tall and prefer the cooler climate of Eastern Canada and Maine. They produce a small, intensely flavored berry and have a powdery blue hue. You will often find them referred to

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Rosemary

Rosemary is, perhaps, the most storied of all herbs. It is featured prominently in the myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome where it was revered more for medicinal than culinary usage. It played an important role in both wedding and funeral rituals, symbolizing love, loyalty, friendship, and remembrance. Native to the rocky, coastal

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Lemons

Few fruits are as iconic as the lemon (citrus x limon). The sweet fragrance of these bright yellow ellipsoidal fruits with the nipple on the bottom (called the “stylar end”) is universally recognized…

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How to Season Cast Iron

There are dozens of articles on the Internet explaining how to season cast iron but instructions vary widely. With a little help from science, we set out to determine which was the most effective method.

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Eggs 101: The Anatomy of an Egg

Be it baked, boiled, coddled, or fried, a well prepared egg is the hallmark of a good cook. With this post we begin an ongoing series called Eggs 101, in which we will address each of these basic cooking techniques in-depth. By the time we reach the end, you will have mastered each approach. But

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