Choosing a Ripe Avocado | How to

How to Choose an Avocado - http---impromptukitchen.com-2Avocado buying can be an incredibly frustrating thing. Sometimes you stand there, checking every single avocado, and find that none of them are ripe yet so your afternoon plans of guacamole are ruined. Sometimes you stand there, and can’t figure out which avocados are ripe and which ones are about to turn to mush. And sometimes you think you’ve waited jut long enough for it to ripen on the counter, only to cut it open and find that the inside is more brown than green and it’s well past it’s prime. The truth is, a squishy avocado is not necessarily a ripe avocado. But there’s an easy way to know if your avocados are underripe, past their prime, or ready to eat. The answer is in the stem. Or rather, the answer is under the stem.

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Not-Lobster Rolls

Just over a year ago, Jeff and I spent a week in Maine. It was the week after our wedding, and the trip was to rest, to recuperate, and to eat all of the lobster we’d been missing out on after years of living on the West Coast. We did a pretty admirable job. There…

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Elvis Pie

When you are in your late 20s, and married, and you tell people “I have some exciting news”, the first thing they’re going to think is that you’re pregnant. Just in case, you know, you find yourself in a situation where you have exciting news, other than having a baby, and you need a way…

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Adding Salt | Kitchen Tips

Tip #3: Salt your food during cooking I keep my container of kosher salt next to the stove so that it’s easy to sprinkle some on while I’m cooking. In fact, one of the first questions Jeff or I will ask when we wander into the kitchen while the other is cooking is “Have you salted that?”…

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Corn and Tomato Caprese

It seems that I can’t get through a summer without some kind of corn and tomato combination. This one wasn’t even on my rader. I’d been mulling over the idea of some kind of stone variation on caprese, maybe with peaches, maybe not. I’d gone so far as to buy a tub of fresh mozzarella…

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Ratatouille Pie | The Year of Pie

We went and visited summer over the Fourth of July. It was deliciously hot. Shorts weather, ice cream weather,  lake weather. And then we came back to San Francisco’s perpetual April and while I enjoyed the cool nights, I missed summer. It made me think of all the things to love about the hot weather. Things…

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Pineapple Salsa

When we went on vacation to Hawaii last month my goal was to eat as much pineapple as possible, and I worked hard to achieve that goal. I had pineapple cocktails (including one served in a hollowed out pineapple) and tried pineapple snacks everywhere we went. There was pineapple for breakfast, and for snacks, and…

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How to Throw a Hot Dog Party (and Make Veggie Hot Dogs)

Sometime last year I stumbled across a list of hot dog toppings that are popular in various parts of the world and got the idea to throw a hot dog party. I envisioned a pile of hot dogs and buns, a grill, a park, and a table full of toppings options and I planned it…

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