How To: Cook fresh pumpkin flowers

To cook pumpkin flowers you need some pumpkin flowers and some of the smaller more tender leaves from the pumpkin patch. First thing is to take off the little spiny things from the base of the flower. Then you want to pop the top of the flower off at base of the stem. Remember to save the stems, open up the flower gently and pluck out the thing in the middle. You want to pick off the spinets on the back of leaves, wash them rubbing them to soften the leaves up. Then you would take the stem an...

How To: Cook Southern-style black-eyed peas & turnip greens

Scott demonstrates how to make southern-style black-eyed peas and turnip greens. Use one pound of frozen chopped turnip greens and used two cups of dried black-eyed peas. Soak the peas overnight in six cups of water with two teaspoons of salt. In the morning drain the peans. Use two cups of chicken stock per recipe. Use three ounces of smoked bacon strips per recipe. Heat cast iron pots over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the fat is rendered. In one pot, add the greens and stir to ...

How To: Cook your green beans so they keep their color

In this tutorial, we learn how to cook your green beans so they keep their color. The secret ingredient you can add to your boiling water while cooking your green beans is ice! This will help the green and yellow colors from appearing in your green beans! It will keep the color a beautiful green and not mix in any other colors. To start, put enough water to cover the green beans in a saute pan and then heat it up, put in the green beans and as you cook them add in ice cubes. When finished, ad...

How To: Clean and cut an artichoke

This helpful tutorial video demonstrates how to properly cut and clean an artichoke before cooking it. Learn how to do it quickly and easily with minimal fuss. The video covers both the flower and the stem. - First, use a large knife to cut off the stem of the artichoke. You can set it aside to prepare later, if you wish. - Moving about 2/3rd of the way up the flower, cut off the top of the artichoke. - Slice the remainder in half. - Switching to a smaller knife will make the next part easier...

How To: Make an old fashioned chow-chow or pickle relish

If you're lived in the South, you may already know this next dish. If not, then prepare for a southern classic. It's called chow-chow or pickle relish. It takes a variety of different veggies (cucumbers, bell peppers, cabbage, onions) and you basically cook it to look almost like a liquid mixture, but it can be it's really fine. It's actually a great tasting dish that goes well with many meals and is something that you should try today. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Pickle jalapeno and Anaheim peppers at home

Pickled peppers are a great way to preserve your garden harvest. From spicy to sweet, this recipe will be a great treat on a cold winter day. Pickling jalapeño peppers, Anaheims, bell peppers really, any pepper is good for pickling. This how to video shows you an easy pickling recipe that requires very little time and won't keep you in the kitchen canning all day.

How To: Prepare leeks for soups

Leek's are related to the onion family. They are sweet like onions when they are cooked, but unlike onions make your eyes water when you cut them, they have long straight white stalks with tough green leaves. Select white fresh stalks with bright looking green leaves, and avoid damage. To prepare the soup cut the stalk of the green leaf and reserve them to make stock and trim the surface of the base.Under running water cut the leek for two halves and wash thorughly between the layers. Slice t...

How To: Make raw marinated vegetables

The Raw Food Coach, Karen Knowler, shows us a very simple marinated vegetables recipe that makes a good alternative to salads or steamed vegetables. The raw vegetables used for this recipe are leeks, broccoli, zucchini (also known as courgette), and tomatoes. Suggestions for substitute vegetables, such as bell peppers and cauliflower, are also given. First we're shown us how to properly chop these vegetables and mix them together in a way that is pleasing to all the senses, including the eyes...

How To: Cook sautéed kale with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper

When you sauté kale, it tends to retain all of its nutritional value, whereas boiling and steaming kale will kill the vitamin-enriched goodness. So, this simple kale side dish should be in every cook's recipe box. Kale by itself has a rather bitter flavor, but when cooked in soup or even just briefly with garlic and oil, it's delicious. Harvard University's Martin Breslin shares a quick side dish that's good for you, goes with fish or meats, uses only one pan, and clean-up is a breeze. Best o...

How To: Make Indian tindora vegetable

Tindora is a green vegetable which is popular in many parts of India and is known by many names (ivy gourd, kovakai, tondli, giloda…just to name a few). It resembles a watermelon but is only the size of your little pinky. Tindora can be cooked as a subzi all by itself or mixed with other vegetables like potato. Tindora are also used in many sambar recipes. When you’re running out of vegetables to cook, don’t pass up Tindora in the grocery aisle and try this simple, yet delicious subzi recipe.

How To: Make Indian bhindi masala (spicy okra)

Got a hankering for Indian food? Then step away from the curry for once and try a different taste of India tonight: This spicy okra dish. Called Indian bhindi masala, this dish combines healthy and crunchy okra with signature Indian spices like cumin seed, tumeric, and red chili powder for a bonanza of a taste explosion.

How To: Make dry spicy okra or sukhi bhindi

This video teaches us how to make Dry Spicy Okra Recipe (Sukhi Bhindi). It is an Indian vegetarian dish and is taught to us by Karishma P. The ingredients are clearly shown and explained. They are 2 pounds of fresh okra (not frozen), 2 medium onions, half a lemon, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, and Garam Masala. Karishma goes through the steps very clearly on how to make this dish. First chop the onions, then add to pan and brown them. Then add cumin, turmeric, chili powder. Mix thoroughly an...

How To: Prepare deep fried sweet banana peppers

This video from Betty's Kitchen is a demonstration of how to cook deep fried sweet banana peppers which are popular in restaurants. She shows how to clean the peppers by cutting off the top, cutting around the core from the top, and pulling out the core. Cut the pepper in half the long way and remove the seeds. To make the batter, she uses one well-beaten egg and adds one cup of skim milk, 1/4 cup of canola oil, and one cup of self-rising flour. She heats up oil in a deep fryer, dips the pepp...

How To: Prepare patty pan squashes

Don't be intimidated by the preparation of patty pan squashes. Patty pan squashes (sometimes called summer squash) look like miniature space ships, but are actually related to courgettes. This how to video tutorial will show you how to prepare patty pan squashes.

How To: Cut up a cabbage

This video is a demonstration of the proper way to cut up a cabbage. Large vegetables like cabbage can be hard to cut up because they are so big and tend to move around on the cutting surface. The first thing to do is to create a flat surface, so make it safer to cut. Cut the whole cabbage in half holding the end of the core on top. Cut the core out of each half in a big V shape. Cut it in half again to make quarters. Take the cabbage apart so that you can flatten it out and cut thin slices f...

How To: Perk up wilted lettuce

No one like wilted vegetables. No need to scrap the lettuce next time it’s looking like it’s seen better days, try throwing it in a cold bath with some lemon and put back in the fridge. Your lettuce will emerge refreshed and ready for use.

How To: Make a Korean potato side dish

This great, non-spicy potato side dish recipe from a master Korean foodie, aeriskitchen, will leave you stunned with its simplicity of preparation and excellent taste. The tutorial walks you through the process step by step, from the shopping cart to the dinner table. It includes some nice and interesting serving suggestions to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen. If you are interested in Korean food, this informative and free video series is for you!

How To: Prepare and cook artichokes

In this video, Gwen Schoen of the Sacramento Bee shows you how to prepare and cook artichokes for delicious meals. Artichokes are great for year round meals and are very fun to eat. These Italian classics are delicious when cooked properly. Gwen will show you how to choose an artichoke at the store, cut up, prepare and cook these yummy veggies. Enjoy!

How To: Make homemade pickles

You can turn cucumbers into dill pickles in a snap. This is a great recipe for dill pickles that are easy to make and easy to store. These pickles go in the freezer, so you do not have to worry about any complicated canning process, but they will still keep for a long long time. You will need cucumbers, onion, salt, water, sugar, cider vinegar and dried dill.

How To: Make crispy cassava chips

These are way better than normal potato chips, big chunky cassava chips is one of the simplest recipes you can do with the cassava root. This is a delicious and simple to make Brazilian Cuisine recipe. Cassavacan be used as a replacement for potatoes, into the dough of several kinds of bread, it makes great moist cakes other desserts. And the fresh cassava is only the start. A lot of Brazilian recipes also used the dried roast cassava flour. Cassava is one of the only plants cultivated by Bra...

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