The key to perfectly cooked vegetables starts before you ever add heat. Chopping or slicing vegetables the same size or thickness will ensure that they cook evenly. This is particularly important for carrots, potatoes, and other vegetables with longer cook times. If you're in a hurry, remember that the smaller the chop or the thinner the slice, the shorter the cook time.
Try this Kitchen Shortcut with Garden Minestrone.
Sure, chopping your own vegetables at home may be fun and make you feel like a professional chef, but sometimes you just don't have the time. Make recipes even easier with pre-chopped vegetables right from your grocery store! Look for containers of chopped celery, onion, and green bell pepper in your supermarket's produce section. Or you can chop the vegetables up to two days ahead and store them in separate zip-top plastic bags in the refrigerator.
If you're not familiar with the term, heirloom refers to a variety of plant that has been farmed for more than 50 years. Heirloom tomatoes, melons, squash, and more come in every color and shape imaginable. Flavor varies along with a fruit or veggie's skin and flesh and can add different dimensions to recipes. Because they are locally grown and so colorful, you know heirlooms have to been good for your body, too.
The ballots are in and the winner is clear! The Farmers Market in Williamsburg, VA has been voted America's favorite medium-sized (between 31 and 55 vendors) farmers market!
In its contest this summer, the American Farmland Trust received 30,000 votes and listed almost 900 participating farmers markets from across the U.S., and Williamsburg was a winner!