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Category: Ingredient Spotlight

Ingredient Of The Day: Octopus

January 8, 2019

The Octopus is a sea creature where the legs, or tentacles are used. The whole Octopus is usually simmered and it requires a long cooking time. After simmering or boiling they can be grilled or braised. They have a mild flavor and a tender-chewy texture and can be used in a salad with Potato, Green …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Candy Cap Mushroom

January 7, 2019

The Candy Cap Mushroom is a small wild mushroom with a unique sweet-earthy flavor. They can be used like other mushrooms in savory dishes such as Risotto, soup, stew, and pasta dishes and they can also be used in sweet dishes and as a garnish for desserts.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Rome Beauty Apple

January 6, 2019

The Rome Beauty Apple is a variety with a floral-tangy-slightly sweet flavor and a crisp-firm texture. Use raw for out-of-hand eating and salad or use in desserts and baked goods for betty, buckle, crisp, crumble, cobbler, and pies. They can also be made into a compote, chutney, and jam.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Cocktail Grapefruit

January 5, 2019

The Cocktail Grapefruit is a hybrid citrus variety that is a cross between a Pummelo and Mandarin. It is smaller and sweeter than other varieties of grapefruits and is very juicy, making it perfect for using the juice in cocktails.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chrysanthemum Green

January 4, 2019

Chrysanthemum Green is a small delicate-tender leaf vegetable that can be used raw and cooked. They have a peppery-slightly bitter flavor and can be used for salad, soup, stir-fry, and a braising green side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Parsley Root

January 3, 2019

Parsley Root, aka Hamburg Parsley, is a unique variety of parsley that is grown mostly for its root. It looks like a Parsnip but the taste is different with an earthy flavor. They can be used raw, julienned or sliced thinly for a salad, or cooked in a soup, stew, and vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Quail Egg

January 2, 2019

The Quail Egg is much smaller than many other varieties of eggs and are best used to garnish other dishes. Use for Steak Tartare, on a pizza, or make small Deviled Egg appetizers.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Black Eyed Pea

January 1, 2019

The Fresh Black Eyed Pea is traditionally served for New Year’s for good luck in the New Year. They are a fresh shelling bean that requires less cooking than the Dried Black Eyed Pea. The fresh variety has an earthy-mild-nutty flavor and creamy-firm texture and is used for Hoppin’ John, salad, soup, stew, and vegetable side …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Caviar

December 31, 2018

Happy New Years Eve! Caviar, aka Roe, is commonly served during special occasions and celebrations. The prized fish eggs come from sturgeon, but can also come from paddlefish and salmon. They have a briny-salty flavor and a tender-gelatinous texture and should have a pop when you bite into the eggs.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Quince Paste

December 30, 2018

Quince Paste, aka Cotignac, Crema de Membrillo, and Dulce de Membrillo, is a jelly-like ingredient made from Quince. It has a tart-slightly sweet flavor and gelatinous texture and is mostly used as a garnish, usually for cheese plates.…

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