I stood in quiet fascination in front of the bin of watermelons at the supermarket watching people make their selections. Buying a watermelon is a bit like investing in the stock market; it takes lots of time and patience, and in the end you are never assured a good return. To buy one at its peak, you need to learn the subtle signs of ripeness and patience is certainly a virtue in the quest for ripe perfection.
When it comes to variety, milk alternatives have certainly caught up with and perhaps even surpassed their dairy counterparts. They’re available in an extensive range of types and flavors; and judging by the sheer number of choices available at the supermarket, an increasing number of people are pouring themselves tall, cool glasses of non-milks.
The fresh grassiness of a sprinkle of chopped chives over soup, the robust earthy flavor of fresh thyme leaves on roasted vegetables, and the heady aroma of just-picked mint in your tea are just a few of the reasons it’s easy to fall in love with cooking with fresh herbs.
Fresh herbs offer us good looks, great flavor, and intoxicating scents. Luckily, these rewards aren’t limited to those of us with a garden; just a few pots indoors can supply you with a variety of flavor-enhancing culinary herbs all year long.
I was recently given the opportunity to review “Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers“ by Debby Maugans. The extensive 120+ recipe collection is the author’s follow-up to her earlier and popular “Small-Batch Baking” cookbook. Her newest book expands on “Small Batch Baking’s” techniques with an ingredient that is actually the author’s first taste of the day everyday: chocolate.
Throwing a cheese tasting party is a fun, casual way to spend a great evening with friends. And, since everything can be prepared ahead of time it’s an incredibly stress-free way to host a party. It just takes a little bit of planning to put together a great assortment of cheeses.