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How to Prepare Perfect Fluffy Quinoa

Perfectly prepared quinoa isn’t bitter or mushy. It’s delicate but firm, a lovely base for a meal. Here’s how to prepare perfect fluffy quinoa. You have to rinse raw quinoa. Ever since the first time I made quinoa, that instruction has stood out in my head. It’s essential. It rinses the bitterness from the quinoa. …

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How to Prepare Delicata Squash | Roasted Delicata Squash

Caramelized and tender, this recipe for Easy Roasted Delicata Squash is a lovely way to enjoy this hard squash. Also, learn everything you need to know about how to prepare delicata squash. Whenever I encounter a vegetable or fruit I haven’t seen before at the farmers market, I ask the farmers how they like to …

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How to Prepare and Serve Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash, a winter squash, can be served in place of pasta or rice in dishes. Here’s how to prepare and serve spaghetti squash. Like many families, most of our groceries came from the grocery store when I was a child in the 1980s and 1990s. Farmers markets weren’t a thing in my area, so …

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How to Boil Beets Whole | Cook Beets on the Stove

A root vegetable, beets are delicious in sandwiches, salads, pickled and more. Want to cook beets on the stove? Here’s how to boil beets whole. Canned beets were the bane of many a childhood – but not mine. In my house, fresh, round beets from the farmers market were destined for boiling in our kitchen on …

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How to Roast Butternut Squash, Two Ways

In fall, winter squashes appear in supermarkets and at farmers markets including butternut squash, which is lovely in so many comforting fall dishes. Here’s how to roast butternut squash, two ways. The leaves are changing colors. More days are sweater weather than not. It’s the time of apple picking and pie baking; watching kids play …

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