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Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, along with cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. This group of vegetables was named for the four equal-sized petals in its flowers that could be viewed as forming a cross-like or crucifix shape. Cauliflower, like many of its relatives, is lauded for its health benefits and nutritional value; but often overlooked is its smooth, slightly nutty flavor and its use in a wide variety of recipes.
Although the restaurant industry in the United States is struggling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. Other surveys show that more than half of the money spent on food goes to restaurants and convenient on-the-go meals — rather than to groceries cooked at home.
Sous vide (pronounced soo–veed) is a French term, meaning under vacuum. Somehow, way under the radar, the sous vide culinary technique, which entails vacuum-sealed food that is immersed in a water bath and cooked at an exact and consistent temperature, has exploded and become the food of the hour. If you don’t prepare sous vide meat, for instance, you’re just not keeping up with the times.
Cranberries are bitter-tasting, beautifully hued berries that are full of powerful phytochemicals that can help protect your body from illness. These berries are traditionally sweetened and cooked, or dried, to reduce some of their tartness.
As one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, apples are continuously being praised as a “miracle food.” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an old proverb that most of us are familiar with, but is this fruit really special? In fact – it is!
Honey – that sweet, sticky foodstuff that people either love or hate – is really a miracle food; one of nature’s wonders. Most of us know that bees have “something to do” with making honey but – really – it is a remarkable story that results in the sweet, amber-colored substance that is both delicious and healthy.
Pomegranates are among the healthiest fruits on earth. Pomegranates, with their gorgeous ruby-red color, are beautiful to behold, and the shiny red “jewels” inside, called arils, contain sweet juicy nectar surrounding a white seed in the middle. Despite some popular opinions, pomegranate seeds can be eaten – and they are good for you, too!
Setting the matter straight about couscous is no easy task. Is it a grain? Is it pasta? Is it a form of rice? No worries: This primer covers everything you wanted to know about couscous, but were afraid to ask. We’re aiming to turn you into a couscous aficionado quickly and painlessly – and we’ll throw in some recipes to get you started on your couscous journey.
Spaghetti squash is arguably the most intriguing of all squashes. Its skin, which ranges from dark ivory in color to a yellowish-orange, is solid when raw, like other squash; after it’s cooked, however, is when this winter squash becomes wondrous. When the flesh is scraped away from the shell, it forms strands that are remarkably similar to spaghetti, with a mild pasta-like flavor.