This article was written by Rosemary Wolbert and originally published in The Kitchen Journals When you’ve tasted the first asparagus of the season, simply cooked, maybe spritzed with a bit of lemon and topped with a tad of butter, you’ve just tasted spring. Although good asparagus can be found year-round, it is at its peak
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates), also known as citronella, is a favorite flavoring ingredient in Asian cuisines, particularly Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. This tall, fibrous tropical grass is native to India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia and has a distinct lemony fragrance that comes from an essential oil known as citral. It has a white fleshy bulbous base where most
According to the World Cheese Book, to taste a piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano “is to taste a piece of Italian geological, culinary, and cultural history.” We can think of no other cheese that is more associated with, and reflective of, its country of origin. There is nothing like it, and for good reason. Since 1955, the Consorzio del Fromaggio
Thyme is used widely throughout Western and Middle Eastern cuisines. A perennial garden favorite and a member of the mint family, it is believed to have originated in Mediterranean Europe. Its tender leaves are about ¼-inch or 6 mm, even smaller than those of oregano, and are green or variegated green and yellow, depending on the variety. They have an earthy somewhat peppery
The pea is the edible seed of of the Pisum sativum plant. Enclosed in long pod, it is technically a legume and is believed to have been first domesticated in Asia. Varieties can be divided into two categories: Green, or sweet, peas and field peas, which are dried for long-term storage. The most common variety is the English, or garden pea.
Basil, or Ocimum basilicum, as it is officially known, is nothing short of pure alchemy. How else can you describe its uncanny ability to harness the summer sun and deliver it directly to your tastebuds? Highly aromatic but mild in flavor with a hint of anise and mint, it brightens anything it touches, be it a simple
Wouldn’t it be nice to enter a butcher shop or supermarket meat department with a strong understanding of beef cuts? To understand the unique characteristics of each cut and how best to prepare it?This interactive guide was designed to help you navigate the world of beef cuts with greater confidence.
In his book, The Carrot Purple, food historian Joel Denker tells us that the iconic carrot as we know it today, brightly orange and deliciously sweet, was once nothing more than a novelty. Up until the 17th century, carrots were generally purple or yellow, and fraught with issues. It seems the purple carrot juice stained the