TIP OF THE DAY: Produce Storage Tips ~ How To Keep Produce Fresher, Longer

We’re one of those households that wastes a lot of fresh produce. Thanks to Taste Of Home for these tips: Some of these you may already know. Most were new to us.     APPLE SLICES: SOAK IN SALT WATER Sliced apples are a convenient snack or salad topper, but if you slice them in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Toast Nuts, Seeds & Spices

[1] A goat cheese crottin with toasted almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup (photo © Vermont Creamery). [2] Toasted (a.k.a. roasted) pumpkin seeds. Here’s the recipe from Simply Recipes (photo © Elise Bauer | Simply Recipes). [3] Snow peas with toasted sesame seeds. Here’s the recipe from Chef Curtis Stone. Note that toasted sesame…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Way To Cut & Peel Butternut & All Winter Squash

The one food prep task we fear is slicing and peeling butternut squash (and all the winter* squashes, but we eat butternut most often). It’s not the easiest thing to slice and peel, given the force needed to cut through the squash. Even with a firm cutting board and a super-sharp knife, we face with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Peel Potatoes In Advance

Baby gold potatoes, ready to peel the day before (photo © Melissa’s Produce).   September is National Potato Month. We’ve got a tip for anyone who peels potatoes, to cut down on potato prep time. The solution is a time shuffle: Peel the potatoes the day before. Sound obvious? It is! We peel potatoes the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cook With Scotch On National Scotch Day

July 27th is National Scotch Day. You know how to drink it. How about cooking with it? Although it is much more common to use wine or brandy in cooking, Scotch can offer complex character to everything from appetizers through dessert. Cooking lets you appreciate Scotch—or other whiskey—in new ways. You don’t have to use…
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