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Cooking for Luv - Blanching Broccolini

22 Jan It’s Easy Being Green

It's Easy Being Green   My dad grew up loathing green vegetables. His mother cooked them to death, either heating canned greens or turning fresh vibrant broccoli, green beans, and asparagus to mush through excessive boiling. It took years of deprogramming by my mom and a budding love of cooking to discover that it wasn't the veggies that were the problem, but the old school cooking methods my grandmother brought to the table from her upbringing in England and the busy life of raising three boys in the 1950/60s. What he finally found was that it is so sublimely easy to make green vegetables retain their bright color, crisp texture, and incredible natural flavor that even the most novice of home cooks can produce a killer side of greens that will leave veggie haters asking for seconds. The secret weapon: Blanching.   The truth is, my grandma was on the correct path- boiling IS the...

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Cooking for Luv – Make a Menu and Schedule

03 Jan All About Timing

All About Timing (or, Timing: My Mortal Enemy) Timing is one of the biggest challenges for a cook (at any level) when entertaining any size group.  Getting your dishes to the right temperature at the right time for your guests is super stressful and tough, and it is something that only gets easier with time and practice. Even though I still struggle with it (often), I have put together some of my simple tips and tricks to help make your dinner party a stress-less and perfectly timed success!   WRITE OUT A MENU AND A SCHEDULE I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to serve one of my dishes, or missed the finishing step on a recipe because of the inevitable chaos that surrounds serving time. Making a menu for yourself with notes and timing will keep you focused, organized, and will save your butt time and time again. I usually scribble...

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