Measuring Spoons

When it comes to measuring spoons, we like to say “the more, the merrier”.  Most folks have at least one set on hand, but if you cook or bake often, consider purchasing a second or third set. You’ll be glad you did the next time you need to measure a tablespoon of flour after measuring

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Bananas

The word banana comes from the Arabic “banan,” meaning finger. A fitting moniker given that these long, curved tropical fruits may well be the greatest finger food of all time.  They port easily, need no refrigeration, and their thick skin serves as the perfect wrapper. Simply snap the stem, peel, and you have a delicious,

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Product Review: Technivorm Moccamaster

It’s difficult to beat the convenience of an automatic drip coffee maker, but the coffee they produce falls somewhere between fair and lousy. Aficionados tell us that most in-home machines fail at two critical aspects of coffee brewing, water temperature and extraction time. If the water is too cold or the extraction time too short, flavor will be lost. Conversely,

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Cloves

Cloves make a command performance during the holidays:  They’re on stage to flavor the pumpkin pie and gingerbread men, stud the Christmas ham, and make a fragrant pomander. While their warmth and sweetness make them especially popular during fall and winter, cloves shouldn’t be hidden in the spice cabinet the rest of the year. One of the

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Fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), that crunchy, white bulbous plant with green stalks and feathery fronds is a tasty delight. But did you know it played a major transport role in Greek mythology? Prometheus wanted to give humans a special gift. So he stole lightning from top Olympian god Zeus and smuggled the gift of fire to

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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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Beets

Thanks to the rise of farmers markets in cities and towns from California to Maine, Florida to Washington State, beets have gone from zero to hero in the vegetable world in just a few short seasons. This newfound fame comes as chefs, cooking school instructors and nutritionists are touting this ancient plant’s sweet, earthy taste

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Sweet Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato…Sweet Potato! Sweet potatoes rank high on the “irresistible foods” menu for Thanksgiving Day. Not surprising. The tuber, considered a superfood, is colorful, moist and naturally sweet-tasting, low in calories and sodium, and packed with vitamins and minerals. The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), is a Native American plant of the morning glory

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