Category: Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics: DIY Instant Oatmeal

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We all dream of lazy mornings where breakfast includes a chance to relax, cook, read the news, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with two hands. The reality is that most of us don’t have time for this – whether it’s that early morning Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : How to Make Homemade Pasta

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Why make homemade pasta instead of boiling water and tossing in the boxed variety? Satisfaction of making a homemade meal, from scratch,  just like Nonna used to make (that is if you were lucky enough to have a nonna like this!) or because you want Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: How to Prep and Cook a Whole Chicken

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For those of you who enjoy a good chicken dinner, not much beats a juicy well seasoned whole roasted chicken. There is something so fulfilling about roasting a chicken, even relaxing. Supposedly now entire tv channels have been devoted to watching chicken roasting on a Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : Cooking Eggs 3 Ways

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Cooking an egg may seem basic, but in many ways it can be an exercise in true patience. Mastering this basic skill is no doubt a fundamental element of a good chef, and a good chef who can wait. Yes, eggs require patience and waiting Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Making Flour Tortillas

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Some foods are so simple to make that when we figure out how to make them at home we often wonder what took us so long. Tortillas are one of those things that fall into that category. So easy to make, it’s kind of a Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : Handling Hot Peppers

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The beauty of the AHO weekly produce box is that you will be introduced to a wide range of items over the course of the year and AHO farmers are known for their variety of chili peppers. Chili peppers can take a dish from blah Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Knife Skills

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The first key to a successful dish is of course having the best ingredients. Having the right knives and cutting boards can also be very helpful as we shared earlier. But occasionally you come across instructions in a recipe about how to cut your fruits Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : Making a Better Stir Fry + Recipes!

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If stir fry is your go-to 30 min or less meal each week you are not alone. It’s such an easy way to combine multiple veggies, quickly, with few dishes to wash up after. The flavors are typically rich and satisfying and you can knock Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Constructing the Perfect Salad

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The beauty of the Abundant Harvest weekly produce box is variety and freshness. A seasoned AHO subscriber learns to be skilled in the ways of spontaneity, ready for whatever produce Uncle Vern and the AHO farmers have prepared for them each week. Our job here Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : Refreshing Watermelon Eats and Drinks!

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If summer had a fruit mascot it would surely be the watermelon – from seed spitting contests to the perfect poolside snack – the rosy melon by name alone conjures up the feeling of fun and refreshment! Aside from being THE melon for simple, savory and Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : Grilling Up Veggies

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Summer is the season for grilling. The warm nights, starry skies, abundance of fresh vegetables, the gathering of friends – it’s a perfect recipe for happiness. So let’s walk through a few ways to make grilling up your veggies quick, easy, tasty, and fun. What Veggies Grill Up Best? Corn Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Herb Infused Simple Syrups and 3 Fun Ways to Use Them!

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Simple syrups live up to their name, they are super simple to make. Why waste time going to the store to buy them when you likely have what you need to make them right in your kitchen cabinets. Have sugar? Have water? You’re set. Even better, herb – infused simple syrups are a great use for those fresh herbs you get weekly in your Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Dissecting Stone Fruit

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Summer means stone fruit, glorious stone fruit. AHO subscribers are about the luckiest bunch of folks, having access to the best organic stone fruit grown by Uncle Vern himself. Many of us just grab the fruit straight out of the box (or some might have Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Essential Knives
and How to Keep Them Sharp

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So here’s a joke for you. Why did the knife buy a new suit? He wanted to look sharp! Ok, lame joke aside, it does gets to a specific point (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Sharp knives are an essential component of a good kitchen. Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Tips for Freezing Your Veggies and Greens

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We love veggies. We love greens. That’s a fact. But even when we are in our healthiest eating mode we can’t always make it through all the veggies and greens that come in our AHO boxes. So here are some tips on how to preserve Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: How to Choose and Use a Cutting Board

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Cutting boards: Let’s cut to the chase, they can be big, small, made out of wood, plastic, glass…there are so many options how do we choose? Here is our quick guide to choosing the right cutting boards for your kitchen needs and how to care Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics : Making the Perfect Omelet

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Eggs: An excellent and easy source of protein and essential vitamins. They pair so well with so many fresh veggies and herbs that they are almost the perfect companion food to the AHO box. Cooking eggs can, however, be a source of frustration for even the best chef, many even consider mastering an omelet as a Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Deconstructing Artichokes + Artichoke Recipes!

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Anatomy of an Artichoke Take one look at an artichoke and you might wonder, how on earth do I eat THAT? The myths surrounding this prickly plant are ancient: cynara cardunculus, the scientific name for the artichoke is believed to be derived from the Greek myth that the plant Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics: Fresh Juices to Put a Spring in Your Step

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The first question you probably ask yourself when you get home with your abundance of AHO produce is…now what am I going to do with all of this? Well, eating your produce fresh out of your AHO bag, or cooking up a nice meal, is Continue Reading

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How to Prep Collard Greens
+ 3 Easy Recipes!

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Every time you chop up a bunch of fresh collard greens you are becoming a part of history. This leafy green plant, part of the cabbage family, and a relative of kale, were grown even by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. So why after all Continue Reading

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