Quinoa (How to toast quinoa)

How to toast quinoa

thoroughly rinse your quinoa to rid it of its natural coating of saponins, which is known to leave a soapy, bitter taste.

  • Heat a big, heavy sauté pan on medium low.
  • Add (or leave) some water to the quinoa so that it is moist, and put a cup of the wet quinoa into the heated pan. (Make sure not to over-crowd.)
  • Using a wire whisk, quickly stir the quinoa around in the pan as it begins to toast.
  • Once the water is absorbed and the quinoa begins to pop, you will know that it is drying out.
    Keep whisking until the grains of quinoa start to brown.
    It will transform before your eyes and begin to smell nutty – and that’s when you know that your quinoa is toasted.




How to slice asparagus on the bias
Use this cut for great stir-fries and frittatas.

How to Slice Asparagus
blanch asparagus
chop asparagus
slice asparagus

How to blanch asparagus
cook it until the spears turn bright green. This usually takes between [1] 2-4 minutes

Slice the asparagus on a very sharp angle (on the bias)

How to cut asparagus

How to dice an apple

How to dice an apple

Dicing apples
Rick Theory

How to chop an apple

Apple Strudel Muffins

Apple Strudel

Cinnamon Apple Muffins
… you can skip that indulgent little coating on the top, but I seriously recommend you don’t. Skipping it is pretty close to a sin

Bran Muffins

French Macarons

How much meat should a person eat?

Brain food: Clever eating
Nature  531, S12–S13 (03 March 2016)

Consumption of animals helped hominins to grow bigger brains. But in a world rich with food, how necessary is meat?

omega-3 fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) help to keep neurons alive and to regulate inflammation.

omega-3 fatty acids, chiefly DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are crucial for human cognitive health.

“One size does not fit all around nutritional recommendations,” says Hosking. Put another way, the nutrients found in meat are important for health and cognition, but only up to a point. “Meat packs a lot of minerals and vitamins in just a small amount of food,” says Domínguez-Rodrigo. “Eating meat is like eating a power bar.”

So the key question becomes how much meat should a cognitive-health-conscious person eat. Too little can delay development and cognition. But too much, particularly if it is low quality and mass produced, is associated with other health concerns, such as heart disease and cancer, along with memory problems later in life.
A person’s life stage matters: pregnant women need more iron, as do babies and children. Genetics also play a part, but we don’t yet know all the particulars. All these caveats make for a murky takeaway.


What’s especially interesting?

Writing Restaurants with Michelle Wildgen
October 8, 2014

In her novel “Bread and Butter,” Michelle Wildgen takes us behind the scenes at two upscale restaurants owned by brothers.  Sibling rivalry has never been so delicious.

6:20 What’s especially interesting?
What I’m asking is: You know this kitchen, or you should. I expect for you to say “Everything is great.” but I wanna know what is especially well done.