Alongside onions and garlic, leeks belong to that wonderful family of plants that provide a flavor base to many delicious dishes. At the peak of their season in the springtime, leeks look like giant green onions, but only the white and light green leaves at the base of the plant are edible. With their mild, onion-like flavor, leeks can be sliced and eaten raw, sautéed, boiled, or used in soup, and they’re a nutritious addition to your menu.… Read more »
Oils are essential in cooking. They lubricate the cooking process and enhance the flavor and texture of food. Some oils deliver healthy fats your body needs, and others are not so healthy.
Regardless of the type of oil you use, you should always do so sparingly, as it can add a ton of calories and fat to your food. Used strategically, however, oils are your friend. You just have to know which oil to use, how much, and when, for optimal results.… Read more »
Almost all fridges in North America are stocked with the same set of condiments. Somewhere we all must have agreed that certain foods needed to be served with a side of sauce that comes from a squeeze bottle or heavily branded glass jar. It wasn’t always this way. French cuisine was built on a foundation of delicious sauces made fresh in the kitchen with real ingredients. It’s a proud tradition that you can easily be a part of.… Read more »
Celery root (also known as celeriac, but I’ll stick with celery root due to infuriating pronunciation issues) is a variety of celery with an edible root. You may have seen squiggly bulbs of celery root at your local farmer’s market or mentions of celeriac purees or soups on fancy restaurant menus.
So what’s it all about? Why should we care about the root of an otherwise underwhelming vegetable (sorry, celery)? Celery root is kind of like a funky hybrid of a celery stalk and a potato. It carries some of the celery flavor, but performs similarly to a potato because you can roast it, stew it,… Read more »
Fruit salad might seem like a lazy person’s potluck dish of choice, but there’s no doubt it can be a refreshing, delicious and healthy treat. Fruit salad requires minimal effort and skill to prepare, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. With just a few simple tweaks, you can elevate your fruit salad to gourmet level. With so many delicious fruits in season right now, and more on the way, making an impressive fruit salad is a no-brainer.… Read more »
March is synonymous with many wonderful things, including that special holiday where we bust out every green piece of clothing we own and drink (probably too much) green beer in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. It’s also the perfect time of year to pay homage to the almighty potato, in season in March and a central ingredient in traditional Irish cooking. In fact, they love … Read more »
Are you getting enough protein? Most sources suggest it should make up about 20 to 30 percent of your daily calories. If you’re active and athletic, you might want to aim for the higher end, since protein is essential for repairing muscles. So what are the best ways to bump up your intake?… Read more »