Corn

Corn

August 27, 2019

As much as I love this hand-held summer superstar teamed or grilled, a little effort goes a long way in creating a more substantial summer side. I love cutting corn right off the cob, getting chunky clumps of corn kernels that I then lightly sauté – this brings out a...

In Season Potatoes

March 6, 2019

I don’t know what’s more comforting than potatoes. A staple food in many parts of the world, potatoes are an integral part of much of the world’s food supply. Potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop after maize, wheat, and rice. There are currently over 1,000 different types of potatoes....

What Makes Popcorn Pop?

March 19, 2017

Corn kernels contain a small drop of water that is stored inside a circle of soft starch. The soft starch is surrounded by the kernel’s hard outer surface. As the kernel heats up, the water begins to expand, and pressure builds against the hard starch. When this hard surface gives...

How To Spot A Whole Grain

January 14, 2017

To help you when shopping for whole grains, here are the words you should look for in the ingredients list: It’s A Whole Grain If It’s Called: Brown (Also Black, Red, Purple) Rice Buckwheat Bulgur (Cracked Wheat) Millet Quinoa Sorghum Triticale Whole-Grain Corn Whole Oats And Oatmeal Whole Rye Whole...

September

September 16, 2016

September September is a wonderful time for enjoying the beautiful array at local farmers’ markets. September is a delightful time for gathering ingredients that will showcase fleeting flavors of summer. A walk among colorful baskets filled with fresh produce is incredibly inspiration. Blazing scarlet tomatoes, sun-sweetened and fattened from their...

Nebraska Corn

August 2, 2015

Nebraska Corn Growing up in Nebraska corn was a nightly summer menu item. The corn plant is Native American in origin and Nebraska is corn country. Driving through the state, one will see endless fields of sweet corn, feed corn, and pop corn. Small plot gardeners know that corn takes...

Thanksgiving Menu Guide

November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Menu Guide In the spirit of getting organized here is a Thanksgiving Menu guide that can help you plan according.  Print this list out and add your own notes.  Remember that the key to a successful Thanksgiving dinner is organization.  Soups & Starters Italian Wedding Soup (Tiny Meatballs, Tortellini...

Constitution Week – Foods of Our Forefathers Part IV

September 20, 2013

Constitution Week – Foods of Our Forefathers Part IV The longer winters in New England produced a diet somewhat different from that in Virginia.  Not as many varieties of fruits and vegetables grew as in the South, and emphasis was put on those which would store well or which could...

Constitution Week – Foods of Our Forefathers Part III

September 19, 2013

Constitution Week – Foods of Our Forefathers Part III The abundance of meat in America was a major change in the diet of the early settlers.  Rabbits and squirrels were available year-round nearly everywhere, plus deer and other large game in many regions.  As settlers moved west, buffalo gained importance...

Constitution Week – Foods of Our Forefathers Part II

September 18, 2013

Constitution Week – Foods of Our Forefathers Part II The standard grains included wheat, barley, oats and rye.  Finely ground wheat flour, “boulted” or sieved through a fine cloth, was used to make white bread for the rich early in the fifteenth century.  Most of the gentry ate what we...

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