Valley Fig/Cook’s Country Photo Contest Entry

Hi all-

Just a quick note to ask for your help in helping me win a contest to go see a filming of one of my most FAVORITE shows: Cook’s Country!

They have partnered with Valley Figs to have a fig photo contest and they will select a winner from the entries. You were originally supposed to post on instagram and then garner “likes.” They are also on the link below, and people can go in and enter an email and vote for the one they like best. I foolishly wasn’t thinking about it that much when I made my initial Instagram post, and didn’t include that many hashtags. So now I’m trying to focus on getting votes on the link below. And I need your help!

Please, please, please (there are only 3 days left as of this post) help and vote for the “every_bite” fig photo at the bottom of page 2 of this link:
Cook’s Country fig photo contest page

And, if you have an Instagram account, please take a moment and go to the “every_bite” account and like the fig photo.

I’ve just GOT to see Christopher, and the others! I love them all- particularly Bridget and Jack’s Tasting Lab! And to see that amazing renovated farmhouse that they film in would be a dream come true. I’m trying to not fantasize too much about all the great photos I could get and all the cool people I could meet!!

 

Thank you so much!
Carol

Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste (from Food52)

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(herbs recently collected from my garden for a variety of kitchen uses)
photo: Sugar Sand Photography

Just came across yet another fantastic piece from Food52 (have I mentioned how much I love their site? Great info, and just adore their photography); this time about recipes to reduce kitchen waste. There are 30 recipes here to give you some tasty ideas on how to reduce food waste in the kitchen.

We’d love for you to try out some of the recipes and let us know what you think (and if you have some other ideas for ways to reduce food waste in the kitchen) here on the blog. (I’m particularly looking forward to trying the apple peel bourbon recipe. I am from the South after all so I do like my bourbon!)

Food52- 30 Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste

Enjoy Every Bite!
C

 

Great Every Bite tip from Marci (Making Preserved Lemons)

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A few weekends ago, Every Bite participated in the inaugural Terry Avenue Saturday Market in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. We had someone stop by our tent, Marci, who gave us a great tip we wanted to share with you:

She said she uses lemons often (in water, recipes, etc.) and instead of composting the lemons, she puts them, cut side up, in a mason jar and sprinkles with kosher salt (couple of teaspoons). Then you can just seal up and leave on the kitchen counter. They are fine to leave on the counter because they are preserved, and nothing will grow in that environment, but if you would like to keep them in the refrigerator, they will keep for a year.

Then, just keep adding the lemons and salt on top until filled and let rest for a month before you start using them. Once you do you them, it’s the rind (not the juice or pulp) that is used in dishes. Just rinse off, peel away the rind and use in a variety of dishes, including grain salads, salad dressings, stews, pasta dishes, or, as Marci said she liked to do, just eat them straight out of the jar! So easy to make and so delicious!

Thanks for sharing Marci and feel free to respond to this post sharing other ideas and uses for preserved lemons!

C&K

 

The Why, When, and How: Blanching

Blanching, or “par-cooking” (i.e. partially cooking) is one of the simplest cooking techniques to master!

 

Why: If you’re blanching before freezing, you want to do it to make sure everything freezes properly, so you can enjoy your hard work throughout the winter months! If you’re blanching before serving on a vegetable tray for a party, or to use in another dish, blanching helps make your food easier to eat and digest

When: You want to do it before you freeze any fruits or vegetables, if you have a highly liquid vegetable, such as spinach, that you want to remove some of the water from, or if you want to have some vegetables out for a vegetable tray at a party.

How: Drop your fruits or vegetables into boiling hot water, and let it sit in the water for 10-60 seconds (depending on the fruit or vegetable). Immediately remove from the hot water and place in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process.

 

Here is a link to our video about blanching. Feel free to post any questions you may have and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

 

Thanks!

Karen and Carol