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Is Quinoa a Substitute for Rice?

by Elizabeth Skipper October 6th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I know that quinoa has been popular for a while, but I haven’t cooked with it yet. Is it truly a replacement for rice? Could I use it as a substitute in fried rice, casseroles, etc.?

Is quinoa a replacement for rice? It can be used almost anywhere rice can
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Mulled Cider

by Elizabeth Skipper September 22nd, 2015| Ask the Chef
The chill of fall is nearing. I want to make mulled cider for a Sunday afternoon get-together. Is there an optimum amount of time that I should let the cider and spices heat? And is there a benefit to stovetop vs crockpot?

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When is Corn Ripe?

by Elizabeth Skipper September 8th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I see people peeling corn at the farm stand to see if it is ripe/ready. Is there a way to do that without peeling it?

Yes. Unlike some vegetables, corn doesn’t continue to ripen once it’s off the stalk, so it’s picked ripe. Some ears will have a few more
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Best Way to Roast Beets

by Elizabeth Skipper September 1st, 2015| Ask the Chef
I’ve seen recipes that call for roasted beets. Researching that, some people recommend wrapping the beets in foil and some don’t. Do you have an opinion as to which works the best?

Sure do. I vote for using the aluminum foil. Beets being as dense as they are, it takes
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Potatoes for Potato Salad

by Elizabeth Skipper August 25th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I don’t make potato salad all that often. When I do, I’m never sure which potatoes are best for it. Do you have a recommendation?

It’s simple. Just remember to never use an Idaho, russet, or other kind called a baking potato. Those varieties are high in starch compared to
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Cooking Hot Dogs Wrapped in Bacon

by Elizabeth Skipper August 18th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I’ve seen hot dogs wrapped in bacon. I’m wondering how would be the best way to cook them. I want the hot dog to be hot and the bacon to be fully cooked. How do I accomplish this without over- or under- cooking either?

Oh, doesn’t this bring back memories
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Adding Fresh Corn to Cornbread

by Elizabeth Skipper August 11th, 2015| Ask the Chef
With local corn available for the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to serve it often. I want to try adding some to cornbread. If I do this, should I cook the corn before adding it to the batter, or should I add raw corn?

Hmm, I’ve always added cooked
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Room Temperature Dips

by Elizabeth Skipper August 4th, 2015| Ask the Chef
When I go to the beach, I like to bring finger foods. One of the things I like best is an assortment of veggies and dip.  What I am wondering is if there any dips that don’t require refrigeration? 

What are called “TCS” foods (for Time and Temperature Control for
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Different Colors of Bell Peppers

by Elizabeth Skipper July 28th, 2015| Ask the Chef
Bell peppers come in many different colors. I find the orange, red, and yellow to be more enjoyable than green, as they have a sweeter flavor. Is there any difference between the yellow, red, and orange that I’m missing?

Red bell peppers are sweeter than green ones because they’re mature.
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Zucchini in Marinara Sauce

by Elizabeth Skipper July 21st, 2015| Ask the Chef
I am having difficulty getting my zucchini to be al dente when I add it to my marinara. I’ve tried steaming it and then adding it to the sauce and alternately adding it to my sauce raw. I have had both overcooked and undercooked zucchinis. Any advice on the
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Overgrown Zucchini

by Elizabeth Skipper July 14th, 2015| Ask the Chef
It hasn’t happened yet, but at some point this summer I will discover an oversized zucchini in my garden. What can I do with it when the seeds are so big and the skin is thicker? I’m open to any ideas so I don’t have to turn it into
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Substitute for Baby Spinach

by Elizabeth Skipper July 7th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I am making a salad that calls for baby spinach. I’ve noticed that sometimes the baby spinach in the produce department looks pretty bad. What green would be the closest replacement for baby spinach?

Getting close to a replacement for baby spinach in salads is going to be a stretch.
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