How to Roast Hatch Chiles

How to Roast Hatch Chiles |

My trip to the grocery store last week almost brought me to tears. An old friend caught my eye as I entered the store. The beautiful, glossy green pepper I look forward to every year was back. I knew that my weekend would revolve around roasting and enjoying these deliciously warm, smoky, and mildly hot Hatch chiles. If you’re new to Hatch green chile peppers then let me … [Read more...]

How to Choose & Cut a Cantaloupe

Cutting Tutorial: How to Choose & Cut Cantaloupe |

Because I've been asked a number of times in the past few weeks, and recently showed a friend who was having dinner with us, I thought I'd share how I cut a cantaloupe to serve to the kids. Two of the kids have a 'skin issue'...meaning that they don't like the skin on any fruit. This leaves me cutting cantaloupes like this, rather than into wedges. Watch and see... When … [Read more...]

Papayas – The 411

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(Please pardon the iPhone photos. My camera battery was charging!) Lechoza. Lechosa. That's the spanish word for papaya. Pronounced "Le-cho-za." Short e, short 0 sounds. I'd never had a lechoza/papaya until I lived in the Dominican Republic. And there, I had the three trees growing in my front yard. I'll tell you what...there's nothing better than eating fruit that … [Read more...]

How to Seed and Dice a Cucumber

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I like cucumbers. I like their crisp. Their crunch.  Sometimes I like the seeds...say, for sliced cucumbers on top of a salad. Other times, I don't like the seeds. For those times when the seeds have got to go, this is what it looks like! Cut off the ends. Slice in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, run it down the middle, scooping out the seeds. Slice the … [Read more...]