Vegetables

Microwaving Squash

The microwave oven does a beautiful and quick job of cooking winter squash. For acorn squash (about 1 pound), cut squash in half and remove seeds; place cut side down in a microwave-safe dish.…

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Mother Was Right; Eat Your Veggies

Tomatoes, spinach and broccoli are power foods...not only are they packed with nutrients, but they can also help fight diseases such as cancer.

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Parsnips Pointers

Parsnips are a root vegetable that is similar to carrots. Look for small to medium parsnips that are firm and have smooth skin. Don't buy parsnips that are shriveled, limp, cracked or spotted.…

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Portobellos

With their large size and meaty texture, portobello mushrooms are well suited for grilling or broiling. Their meaty texture makes them popular as vegetarian burgers and in other vegetarian…

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Purple-Hull Green Beans

I plant purple-hull green beans every year in my vegetable garden. These beans are a beautiful deep purple color but turn green when cooked. They tend to stay firm when cooked and have a wonderful…

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Quick, Easy Asparagus

For a quick and easy side dish, drizzle olive oil over trimmed fresh asparagus spears, sprinkle with salt and bake at 450° for 10-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus…

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Removing Celery Strings

A potato peeler does a marvelous job removing the strings from celery. —Philamena P., Gainesville, Florida

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Revive Limp Asparagus

To revive limp asparagus spears, cut 1/4 inch from the bottom of each spear. Place spears in a glass of ice water; cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 hours—the spears will crisp…

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Reviving Celery

Give limp celery a second chance to season entrees, soups and stews. Cut end from limp stalk. Place in a jar or glass of cold water. Place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

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Ripen an Avocado

To quickly ripen an avocado, place the avocado in a paper bag with an apple. Poke the bag with a toothpick in several spots and leave at room temperature. The avocado should be ripe in 1 to 3…

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