Thursday, February 3, 2011

Truths of the Day

- shallots cooked in butter is one of the great joys in life. Shallots are better than onions in most cooked dishes.
- risotto doesn't take that much stirring...it's a myth. You can over stir risotto. It's better soupy and not so thought out. Relax.
- champagne should not be for special occasions.
- do NOT wash mushrooms. Water makes mushrooms all tough and rubbery. Wet a paper towel or tea towel and wipe the dirt off.
- always wash spinach three times. Soak in cold water and lift leaves from the water (buy a salad spinner.) This is true for all green, leafy things.
- coffee gets bitter when it's cold. Drink hot! (or iced, but iced coffee is a cold-brewed process.)
- quinoa is my favorite grain. It is so, so versatile and yummy.

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