Vegetables

Broccoli Rabe

Also known as rapini, this vegetable is a member of the cabbage family. It has spiked green leaves surrounded by a green bud that looks similar to a small head of broccoli. The vegetable is often…

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Buying and Storing Broccoli

Broccoli comes from the Latin word brachium, which means branch or arm. When purchasing broccoli, look for bunches that have a deep green color, tightly closed buds and crisp leaves. Store in a…

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Buying and Storing Cauliflower

When purchasing fresh cauliflower, look for a head with compact florets that are free from yellow or brown spots. The leaves should be crisp and green, not withered or discolored. Tightly wrap an…

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Buying and Storing Green Beans

Buy fresh green beans with slender green pods that are free of bruises or brown spots. Store unwashed fresh green beans in a resealable plastic bag for up to 4 days. Wash just before using,…

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Buying and Storing Winter Squash

The most common varieties of winter squash are butternut, acorn, hubbard, spaghetti and turban. Look for squash which feel heavy for their size and have hard, deep-colored rinds that are free of…

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Cabbage Capers

WHEN BUYING CABBAGE, look for those with crisp-looking leaves that are firmly packed. The head should feel heavy for its size. Store cabbage tightly wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator…

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Cauliflower Cooking Tip

To Boil: Place cauliflower florets in a saucepan; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.

To Steam: Place…

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Chipotle

A smoked and dried jalapeno pepper originating in the area surrounding Mexico City. Often found canned in a chili sauce in the United States, chipotles are medium to hot in heat levels and are…

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Chopping Avocados

Place halved and peeled avocados in a bowl and use a potato masher or pastry blender to quickly break up the avocado.

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Cutting Hot Peppers

When cutting or seeding hot peppers, use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands. Avoid touching your face.

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