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COOKING TIPS – Artichokes 101


Okie, dokie, artichokie! We got down to business and simplified the art of preparing and cooking a globe artichoke. Find out how in our video!

Directions:

1. Rinse artichokes under cold water and pat dry. Cut a lemon in half and have it ready to rub over any exposed areas to prevent the artichoke from browning.

2. Remove any leaves from the stem and cut the stem to 1 inch. Using a serrated knife, cut 1 inch off the top of the artichoke. Make sure to rub lemon over stem and cut off top to prevent browning.

3. Using scissors, remove thorny tips from the leaves.

4. Rinse artichoke under cold water once again, spreading apart leaves. Soak artichokes in a bowl of cold water with lemon juice while preparing remaining artichokes.

5. To steam artichokes, fill a medium pot with 1 inch of water and place a steamer basket in it. Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to low. Place artichokes in the steamer basket stem-end up. Cover and steam 40–50 minutes, depending on size.

6. The artichokes are done when you can easily pull an outer leaf. As well, the stem will be quite tender.

7. To serve, dip leaves in aioli, hollandaise sauce or a vinaigrette. To reach the artichoke heart, once finished with the outer leaves, cut off the fragile leaves in the center. Remove choke using a spoon and enjoy the artichoke heart.
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COOKING TIPS – Artichokes 101

COOKING TIPS - Homemade Ricotta

We know it`s CHEESY but ricotta always tastes better when it`s homemade. All you need are three ingredients, a little patience and there you have it! Easy, cheesy, lemon squeezy.

HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE

INGREDIENTS:
3 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
½ tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

1) In a large saucepan, heat milk, cream, and salt over medium heat. Stir frequently until it comes to a simmer. Simmer gently for 2 minutes.
2) Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside for 10 minutes. Place a strainer over a mixing bowl and line the strainer with cheesecloth. Ladle the curds and whey into the cheesecloth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 ½ hours. Remove ricotta from cheesecloth and place in a covered container until ready to use.

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COOKING TIPS - Homemade Ricotta

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad Recipe

We`re getting everyone to eat their veggies with this fast, easy and super delicious Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad. This foolproof salad is full of shredded sprouts, chopped baby kale, Parmesan cheese and roasted almonds, all tossed in a zesty lemon dressing. Talk about a power-packed forkful!

Wanna watch how to make this? Check out our video here!

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Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad Recipe

Mango Salsa Dip

Dip, dunk or pile it high, this fresh and fantastic Mango Salsa is a deliciously refreshing mix of mango, onions and peppers. More

Mango Salsa Dip

MARINADE: Miso

While Nobu is famous for using it with black cod, you can pair fish, meat or chicken with this Asian Miso Marinade. More

MARINADE: Miso

DRESSING: Peanut Butter

So simple and scrumptious, this smooth and creamy Peanut Butter Dressing will make a salad lover out of everyone!  More

DRESSING: Peanut Butter

SAUCE: Teriyaki

Ditch the preservative-laden bottled versions and achieve the lustrous teri (sheen) when you yaki (grill) with this homemade Teriyaki Sauce. Perfect with grilled food or over simply over rice, this easy and delicious sauce is a tasty payoff for 10 minutes’ work. More

SAUCE: Teriyaki

SAUCE: Creamy Peanut Butter Sauce

Thanks to this simple recipe, we can leave not-quite-up-to-scratch bottled versions behind and make our own so-deliciious-we-wanna-drink-it Peanut Sauce, a sauce we`ll use with just about anything, including noodles and spring rolls.


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SAUCE: Creamy Peanut Butter Sauce

SAUCE: Homemade Basil Pesto

You`re going to kick yourself when you discover how fuss-free making your own garden fresh Basil Pesto really is. With a whir of the food processor, you can serve up this versatile, creamy classic Italian sauce. More

SAUCE: Homemade Basil Pesto

DIPS: Guacamole

You`ll never buy guacamole again after trying this simple and speedy homemade version, a creamy combo of avocados, tomatoes, citrus and spices. More

DIPS: Guacamole

SAUCE: BBQ Sauce

Fire up the grill and whip up this deliciously tangy BBQ Sauce, perfect for basting chicken and meat. More

SAUCE: BBQ Sauce