Vegetables

Stuffing Cherry Tomatoes

With a small sharp knife, cut the top off of each tomato. Scoop out the pulp with a small spoon, and place each tomato, cut side down, on paper towel to remove liquid. Discard pulp.

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Substituting Canned Pumpkin?

“Pie pumpkins” are the most flavorful variety for use in baking. Pick when fully ripened—the color will be deep orange, and the stem will easily break loose when ready to harvest. Wash, peel and…

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Summer Squash

Summer squash have edible thin skins and soft seeds. Zucchini, pattypan and yellow are the most common varieties. Choose firm summer squash with brightly colored skin that's free from spots and…

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Sun-dried Tomatoes

As the name indicates, these tomatoes have been dried to remove most of their water content, producing a chewy, intensely flavored tomato product. Sun-dried tomatoes are found in the grocery store…

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Sweet Potato Secrets

Select sweet potatoes that are firm with no cracks or bruises. If stored in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place, they'll remain fresh for about 2 weeks. If the temperature is above 60°,…

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The Basics of Beets

Look for beets with smooth, unblemished skin. The greens, if attached, should be brightly colored and not wilted. Before storing, remove the greens. Place the beets in a plastic bag and…

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Tough Asparagus Stems

Don't throw away those tough ends when trimming fresh asparagus. Cook and drain the ends, then puree them with a bit of water or chicken broth in a blender until smooth. Freeze for future use in…

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Useful Mushroom Information

Fresh mushrooms should be used within a few days of purchase. If that’s not possible, you can blanch or saute them in a jiffy, then freeze for up to 1 month for use in soups, sauces and…

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Watercress

A delicate green with small round dark green leaves and edible stems often found growing in cooling running streams and brooks. It has a pungent flavor that is slightly bitter or peppery.…

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What's a Jicama?

A jicama (HEE-kah-mah) is a root vegetable resembling a turnip that is also known as a Mexican potato. It has thin brown skin, white flesh, crunchy texture and a sweet, nutty flavor. Look for…

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