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Ask the Chef- Keeping Leftover Avocados

by Elizabeth Skipper August 20th, 2014 | Ask the Chef
Ask The Chef I needed only half an avocado for a recipe. I spritzed the remaining half with lime juice and wrapped it in plastic wrap. When I went to use it two days later, it was brown. Is there an effective way to save unused avocado, or should I have just eaten it all in one sitting?

I'm surprised you were able to abstain from eating half an avocado; I can't.

There are many methods which claim to keep avocado halves or guacamole from oxidizing. I have yet to find one that I'd consider successful. But I'll tell you the most common ones if
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Crab Bisque from Whitestone Country Inn

by BnB Finder August 19th, 2014 | Best BnB Bites, Recipes Best BnB Bites
So, a bisque may not be a recipe that you are expecting in August.  However, shellfish tend to be a summer ingredient, at least in my mind.  And if you throw a bunch of locally grown vegetables, it begins to make one think. Why shouldn't bisque be a summer recipe?  Obviously it's not a dish you're making on a hundred degree day without air conditioning, but if you have
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Mexican Zucchini- A Zippy & Simple Recipe

by TT August 18th, 2014 | Recipes, Side Dishes
We don't have a garden at our house, at least not a vegetable garden.  We have a small herb garden, and we have a decent amount of blackberry bushes. But that's it.  We have had gardens in the past, but over the past few years we've taken to traveling more in the summer. What we learned is that traveling (even for short three or four day trips) can be detrimental to the garden.  So, rather than worrying about hiring a caretaker for the garden, we've decided to buy our produce.

About the time that we stopped gardening, a road-side vegetable
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Cooking Basics

Cherry Basics: Sweet, Tart, and More

by Jane Wangersky August 15th, 2014 | Cooking Basics
Cherries, like many summer fruits, will disappear if you just leave them out in plain sight. Much as I like to eat them raw myself, it causes a reaction in me, so I’ve got to take my cherries cooked or not at all. Thus, for a short time each summer while they’re at their best, I spend some time cooking cherries in various ways, and I’ll share what I’ve learned.

Of all summer fruits, cherries are maybe the most work to get ready for cooking. You will need to take off the stems, cut the cherries in half, and dig
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Chili Roasted Corn on the Cob

by Jane Wangersky August 14th, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
Recipes It’s not summer for me unless I’ve had corn on the cob. Not that it’s my favorite food or anything -- I don’t eat a lot of it -- it’s just one of those tastes of summer and has been pretty much forever. It also gives me a chance to eat lots of butter and salt. And it’s in season now all over North America.

Garrison Keillor famously said the best way to cook corn was to wait until the water was boiling before you ran out to pick it. You can’t get much more local than that. It’s true
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