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Culinary News

Month: May 2019

Ingredient Of The Day: Bee Pollen

May 31, 2019

Bee Pollen, aka Bee Bread and Pollen Ball, is the primary source of protein for the bee hive. For culinary purposes it is often used as a health supplement but can also be used as a garnish for a cheese plate and desserts.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Cayenne Chile Pepper

May 30, 2019

The Cayenne Chile Pepper is a very spicy pepper that is usually dried and made into Cayenne Pepper. The fresh peppers can be braised, roasted, and smoked and used for salsa, sauce, and stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Ume Plum

May 29, 2019

The Ume Plum is a small plum that is cooked to create a jam or chutney. They have an acidic, sour, slightly bitter flavor and firm texture. They can also be cured or pickled.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Green Garlic Chive

May 28, 2019

The Green Garlic Chive has a stronger flavor than regular Chive. The herb has an aromatic-earthy-grassy-pungent flavor and can be used to sprinkle on top to finish dishes as a garnish and to add an extra punch of flavor.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Wasabi Arugula

May 27, 2019

Wasabi Arugula is a hybrid variety that is similar to regular Arugula. It is a cross between Arugula and Horseradish Green but it is more peppery. The greens have an earthy-musty-vegetal-peppery flavor and can be used with Carpaccio, in a pasta dish, Risotto, salad, sandwich, and Pesto Sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Pioppini Mushroom

May 26, 2019

The Pioppini Mushroom, aka Velvet Pioppini, Black Poplar, Shimeji, and Willow Mushroom, can be foraged in the wild in China in late spring and early summer but they are usually cultivated year round. They have an earthy-nutty-peppery flavor and dry-firm texture which makes them hold up nicely to braising and sautéing. Use for soup, stew, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Squash Blossom

May 25, 2019

The Squash Blossom, aka Squash Flower, Zucchini Blossom, and Zucchini Flower, is an edible flower that grows from the top of summer squash and Zucchini. Before using, pull out the stamen and then they can be chopped and added to a salad or used as a garnish. In Italy they are stuffed with a cheese and herb mixture, battered, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Hardneck Garlic Scrape

May 24, 2019

The Hardneck Garlic Scrape, aka hardneck garlic stem and hardneck garlic whistle is grown from unharvested garlic bulbs. They can be used like Green Garlic and have a musty-peppery-pungent-strong flavor and work well in Hummus, sauces, and Pesto Sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Little Gem Lettuce

May 23, 2019

Little Gem Lettuce, aka Sucrine and Sweet Gem Lettuce, is similar to Romaine Lettuce but the greens have a small tight head. They have a mild-vegetal flavor and crisp-crunchy texture and are used in salads and as a garnish and for canapés.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Rainier Cherry

May 22, 2019

The Rainier Cherry is a variety of cherry with a sweet-tart flavor and juicy texture. Use in chutney, compote, jam, preserve, pies, sauce, and salad.…

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