Category Archives: Vegetable

Polenta and Red Sauce

“Polenta is an Italian dish made from boiled cornmeal. A peasant dish, it can be made from any type of flour depending on region. When boiled, polenta has a creamy consistency because of the gelatinization of its starches.” I learned … Continue reading

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Puree Button

“Puree, a 13th-century Ancient French term for refined or purified, is a culinary process of mashing, blending, or grinding an ingredient until it has a soft, creamy consistency.” Much to my sadness and chagrin, I do not own a food … Continue reading

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The Big Soup

“Minestrone is the name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes.” I have to admit something: I do not … Continue reading

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Culinary Adventures in Squash

“Butternut squash and Acorn squash have been known to cause an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis in many individuals, especially in food preparation where the squash skin is cut and exposed to the epidermis.” Contact dermatitis is what happens when … Continue reading

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Composting 101

“Compost is a mixture of various decaying matter organic substances, such as dead leaves and manure, used to fertilize the soil.” I was a very idealistic child. I thought (like most children do when they go through that insufferable idealistic … Continue reading

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