Tag Archives: Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics : DIY Seasoning Salts

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Salt in cooking has many uses. It can help add moisture to meats or help take it away when curing. It can help pasta absorb water, and boiled eggs easier to peel, it even makes chocolate taste richer (like this recipe for salted chocolate fig 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: 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: 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: 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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Kitchen Basics – Twelve Ways to Use Cabbage

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I love cabbage. It’s versatile and can be used in so many ways. It tastes great and when you get a head of cabbage there’s so much to it that it seems to last forever (in a good way). Here are some ideas that I think Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics – Kale Salads to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Hope you’re having the happiest of new years so far, friends. How are your resolutions? Are you staying on track with with them? Did you have a look at the post with Five Great Recipes to Ring in the New Year? It has some tips Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics – Pippins

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There are so many awesome fruits to choose from and love. And really, you can’t go wrong with fruit. But, there’s something about the humble apple that I just love. Maybe because the taste signifies fall and reminds me of home (especially a Macintosh). Yum, Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics – Thanksgiving Sides

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Thanksgiving is a little less than two weeks away. As I wrote in the post about prepping your kitchen for the holidays, now’s the time to finalize your menu. Are you going traditional? Are you mad about mashed potatoes and gravy? Serious about stuffing? Crazy for cranberry Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics – Prepping Your Kitchen for the Holidays

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It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner. Is it just me, or does it feel like it should only be June or July? It was just January… wasn’t it? In any case, ready or not, here they come. Whether your hosting Continue Reading

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Kitchen Basics – Herbal Teas

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We see a lot of herbs come through our kitchen. Most from the weekly Abundant Harvest Organics box, a few from my garden. Many of them are the perfect compliment to soups, pastas, or pizza. Some stand on their own as the star in dishes Continue Reading

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