Fast Kitchen: Steam Cook – Here’s Why

When you hear the word ‘steamed’, does a picture of bland and unappetizing vegetables pop your head? If so, I am sure you are not alone. Actually, the absolute KEY to steaming is to steam just long enough for a food to be cooked through and tender (think ‘al dente’). Don’t over-steam. If you do, the…

Are There Differences Between Blenders & Food Processors?

To those who are relatively new to the world of kitchen appliances, there IS a difference between blenders and food processors. According to a 2012 Consumer Reports news article, “A blender is better at mixing drinks and whipping up smoothies, while a food processor is ideal for chopping, slicing and shredding. You can puree foods…

Broccoli Raab

Many names refer to this green cruciferous vegetable, so it is easy to get confused. Examples include broccoli raab, broccoli rabe, Chinese broccoli, rapine, rapini, turnip broccoli and rappi (to just name a few) but they all actually refer to the same vegetable. Broccoli raab comes with green flowery like leaves, small florets that resemble…

Red Lentils

Under the big umbrella family of Legumes (which includes soybeans, peanuts, fresh beans and fresh peas), lentils can be found categorized under the Pulses sub-family. Its siblings in the Pulses family are dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas. Essentially, pulses refer to the dried edible seeds of specific plants in the Legume family. Varieties of lentils…

Just How Does a Citrus Peeler Work?

When I recently attended an educational presentation, we were given each a citrus peeler as a ‘take-home’ gift. It looked like a strange green plastic contraption to me and I wasn’t sure how to use it. The presentation facilitator stressed that it was not a toy. Up to now, I had been simply using a…

How Can I Open the Tight-Fitting Lid on a Jar?

I recently had a craving for good ‘ol spaghetti sauce and got the glass jar of pasta sauce from the cupboard. But after I boiled the spaghetti noodles, I tried and tried but couldn’t get the jar open! Of course, the timing was perfect because my husband was on an overseas trip so wasn’t home…