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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

Baked Zucchini Chips

These California-style Baked Zucchini Chips are the perfect crunchy accompaniment to a big summertime sandwich, like Mexican-inspired Tortas. These chips can be made ahead and stored, covered, at room temperature.

Zucchini Noodles with roasted tomato sauce

Pasta with tomato sauce is pretty standard Italian fare. But to keep things fresher and more seasonal, use a spiralizer or mandoline to turn zucchini into “noodles”. But because zucchini can be very wet, salt it to remove excess water. That way the flavors will be more intense, not watered down.

Sauté the zucchini noodles with garlic and finish with fresh basil and Pecorino Romano. Top the noodles with a homemade sauce that’s as easy as roasting tomatoes and puréeing in a blender.

Tomato Salad with ricotta salata

It’s time to stock up on the season’s best flavors with this bright Tomato Salad with ricotta salata.

Zucchini Pie with cheesy rice crust

This Zucchini Pie with cheesy rice crust is the perfect excuse to expand your vegetable repertoire.

Green Bean Slaw with red cabbage

This Green Bean Slaw with red cabbage has all the crispy crunch of a classic slaw. And if you swap haricots verts for basic green beans, you don’t have to slice them.

Lemon-Roasted Potatoes with fresh herbs

This recipe for Lemon-Roasted Potatoes is easy as can be, and with bright lemon flavor and savory fresh herbs, these babies taste simply incredible.

Asparagus & Mushrooms with tarragon & walnuts

Simple enough for every day, but delicious enough for a special occasion, this dish is all about letting the flavors of spring shine.

Asparagus Potato Salad

In a lot of families, get-togethers are essentially feasts of comfort food, and homestyle potato salad fits right in on the buffet table. You can class it up a bit, however, by adding an uncommon ingredient — fresh asparagus. Tossed with a sour cream-based Dijon vinaigrette, and topped off with fresh sweet basil, this is one classy potato salad that everyone will eat up.

Cucumber-Yogurt Soup with fresh dill & mint

Serve a cobb salad with this cool-as-a Cucumber Yogurt Soup. Packed with fresh mint and dill, it’s a match made in heaven. This pairing creates a menu that can’t be beat!

Smoky Grilled Vegetables

Don’t forget the Smoky Grilled Vegetables for your Cinco de Mayo grill-out, or parrillada. The grilled veggies and smoky almonds really make this dish simply irresistible.

Hominy Pinto Bake with bacon & cheese

Cheesy-rich hominy and refried beans add a familiar but surprising addition to the grill-out or parrillada for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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…