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How to Eat Garden to Table

Eat fresh from your own backyard! The words “garden fresh” appear on food labels and menus for a reason: There’s nothing more appealing than the idea that the produce you eat (and feed your family) was just picked from your garden. Here's how to put your (or someone else's) garden to good use in the kitchen.

All About Artichokes

Artichokes are strikingly flower-like with an olive green and sometimes purple color which makes them stand out among other vegetables in the produce section. They may look intimidating, but they’re very easy to cook. Here's how to prep and cook artichokes.

All About Arugula

While arugula may get passed off as just some fancy lettuce, beneath its mundane exterior lies a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants just waiting to do a body good. Here is everything you need to know about arugula, from what it is and how to prep and store it to the health benefits of this leafy green.

All About Asparagus: Growing, Buying, Storing, and Cooking With This Vegetable

Although it's now available year-round, asparagus is one of the first fresh vegetables you’ll see in the spring. Here's everything you need to know about asparagus, from how to grow and buy it, to storing and prepping tips, and some of our favorite asparagus recipes.

Vegetable Love: The Indispensable Vegetable Cookbooks in Our Kitchens + Cuisine at Home's Cook the Book Cookbook Club

Want to eat more vegetables or make them in new and exciting ways? Check out our list of the best vegetable-focused cookbooks full of thousands of delicious and creative vegetable recipes. Then join our new cookbook club to find new inspiration, learn and grow as a cook or baker with our community.


Tips

Easy Artichoke Holders for Steaming

Artichokes tend to fall over in the pot when steaming, but there's an easy way to keep them upright in the pot...and with a pantry staple, too!

How to Evenly Cook Asparagus

Overcooked asparagus is a sad, mushy occasion! Here's a simple trick to ensure your steamed asparagus turns out perfectly every time.

How to Achieve Salad Perfection

Salad greens sometimes reject the dressing, causing it to pool in the bottom of your bowl and ruin your salad. Here's a simple tip to help the dressing cling to your greens — and add more flavor!

How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are expensive, so if they’re a little past their prime (a bit wrinkled), don’t throw them away — roast them. Here's an easy way to do it.

Don't Throw Out Those Radish Leaves!

Don’t throw out those fresh radish leaves! Instead, try adding them to salads, soups, and vegetable side dishes just as you would any green herb or greens like arugula.

How to Make Perfectly Caramelized Vegetables

Roasting vegetables can be delicious and exciting, especially if they are perfectly cooked with a caramelized crust. Here's how to make perfectly roasted, caramelized vegetables every single time.

How to Trim Hearty Greens

Many popular dishes now use peppery greens like collards, turnips, mustard, and chard. But trimming them can be a pain. Here's a simple and efficient way to trim the stem out of hearty greens.

The Secret to Perfect, Fluffy Potatoes

For mashed potatoes with more potato flavor and no sogginess, use this method for cooking your potatoes. An added benefit: the potatoes stay fluffy, even with less dairy or butter added.

How to Core Peppers

Learn how to remove the core and seeds and segment a pepper with these simple (and clean!) steps.

How to Chop Onions

Most chefs cut onions in a very specific fashion—its similar to the technique here with one difference. They make a horizontal cut into the onion halves. It puts your fingers at risk and no one’s ever given a good reason for making that extra cut—except that it’s how they were taught in culinary school. Here's an equally effective way to chop onions.

How to Keep Potatoes Fresher for Longer

Do your potatoes start sprouting before you can use them all up? Here's a quick tip to keep your potatoes fresher for longer.

Freeze Fresh Spinach for Quick Chopping

Freeze fresh spinach instead of buying frozen cooked spinach. The fresh flavor remains, and it's easy to prep when you need it—plus clean up is non-existent!


How-To's

Canning with Confidence: How to Can with a Water Bath

Vegetable season is ending, so take advantage of your garden-fresh beauties or farmers' market finds through the process of canning. Canning seems to get a bad rap. And to some people it’s intimidating. But not anymore! We’re going to walk you through the simple process of water bath canning, and debunk the seemingly daunting steps that come with this craft.

How to Make Homemade Stock

Stocks are the foundation of classic cooking — they won't dazzle you with their good looks, but surely will with what they bring to your cooking endeavors. Simply follow our fundamental guidelines, including our six principles for making from-scratch stock, and you'll soon be creating amazing soups, stews, and more.

How to Flavor & Tenderize Meat and Vegetables with Marinades

Look around your kitchen, and you’ll see everything needed to add extra layers of flavor or to tenderize your favorite meal — vinegars, juices, milk, vegetables, spices, even wine. In this step-by-step tutorial we explain all that you should know about marinades and how they work . . . while you relax.

Learn All About Indirect Grilling

What is indirect grilling? It's bascially a technique that turns your grill into an outdoor oven so you can cook big items, like whole chickens, pork loins, pizzas, etc. So the next time you fire up the grill, follow these four simple steps, and take the indirect route to perfectly cooked meats, vegetables, and more.

How to Preserve and Save Summer Tomatoes

Don’t let summer’s bounty shrivel on the vine. Learn how to preserve the season in this quick tutorial on slow-roasting or freezing summer’s sweetest tomatoes. It’s a surefire way to keep their fresh flavor alive all winter long.

How to Make Quick Pickles

For an easy, detailed guide on how to make from-scratch quick dill pickles, look no further.


Recipes

Sumac Salad

Sumac is a popular ingredient in the Middle East. It has fruity and tart flavor and is used as a flavor enhancer like we use salt in the U.S.

Chef Dhuha grew up in the kitchen helping her mom cook for their family of seven in Baghdad. And Dhuha’s mom was a bit of a perfectionist when it came to kibbeh. It took Dhuha 15 attempts until her kibbeh were deemed passable by her mom.

Recipe by Chef Dhuha of Iraq, via Kitchens Without B…

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with honey-balsamic glaze

Our fantastic honey-balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts are “roasted” on the stovetop so the oven can be freed up to bake any other recipes that fill out your family’s own holiday meal traditions.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Green Bean Casserole

One way to get your family to eat their vegetables — roast them and top with a Parmesan sauce. You can also swap the veggies to be all green beans or Brussels sprouts. Either way, this casserole is simply divine.

Let’s be honest — the real showstoppers gracing the dinner table during the holidays are the side dishes. With just a few ingredients, and a little time, you’ll be serving some of the best recipes ever.

Grilled Summer Squash with feta & mint

Grilled summer squash simply tossed with an easy lemon vinaigrette, feta, and mint makes for a perfect end-of-summer side dish. Try it with our mouthwatering Garlic-Rubbed Country-Style Ribs.

Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

Up your veggie quota with a simple side dish of garlicky “zoodles”. A spiralizer makes quick and easy work of cutting the zucchini into“noodles”. Or use a mandoline with a julienne blade, slicing lengthwise.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet, savory, and crispy, these chips are so addicting, you won’t be able to stop at just one handful.

Quick Ratatouille

A popular Provençal dish, ratatouille [ra-tuh-TOO-ee] blends and simmers eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and more into a delectable stew-like concoction. With protein and fiber-rich chickpeas added, this becomes an even better meatless meal.

Cauliflower Steaks with Pesto

When you want to sink your teeth into a steak — but you’re looking for something a little different — try these cheesy cauliflower steaks. They are certainly simple, but oh-so hearty and down-right delicious, too. They're made even quicker by using store-bought pesto.

Chinese Eggplant with Ginger Sauce

With its smooth, glossy skin and meaty texture, eggplant is used in cooking preparations worldwide. Stop in China for an aromatic eggplant side dish simmered in a fresh ginger sauce. It’s worth seeking out Asian (also called Japanese) eggplant for its tender flesh, but common (or globe) eggplant works in a pinch. And while sweet basil can stand in for Thai basil, it simply won’t taste the same. Lastly, to make this vegetarian, just swap vegetable broth for chicken.

Italian Pasta Salad with Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette

There’s no better time to bust out all your side dish recipes than summer, when there’s an outdoor party or potluck practically every weekend. But if you’re looking for some fresh ideas, stop sifting through your old recipe cards. You’ve hit pay dirt with this creative, family-friendly, and super-flavorful pasta salad.

Pasta salad is always welcome at a party, but if you want to give it an upgrade, go with chunky veggies, Pecorino cheese, and a generous amount of Italian vinaigrette t…

Yellow Squash Noodles & Tomato Sauce

Trade the classic pasta and serve spiralized yellow squash with a hearty tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. It's the perfect accompaniment to this Pork Parmesan. If you happen to have an abundance of zucchini in your garden, feel free to spiralize it into noodles instead of the yellow squash.

Fresh Zoodle "Pasta" Salad

Just-picked produce makes for ultimate summer side dishes. Summer brings zucchini galore — spiralize it for a unique "pasta" zoodle salad.