Monday, March 3, 2008

Many short notes

  • Large sweet potatoes should bake whole perhaps 45 minutes in a 400-degree oven. After 30 minutes, they are perfectly edible, if a bit crunchy.
  • Snapper is very fast to pan-fry. Marinate lightly in lemon, salt, and black pepper, heat oil in a pan, and cook on both sides.
  • Asparagus is in season, and extremely tasty steamed and salted.
  • I highly recommend Lemon Grapefruit Bars. I used the zest and juice of one medium-large grapefruit.
  • Wheat berry can simmer for an hour in roughly two-to-one salted water and remain very crunchy, or even an hour and a half in 2.5:1 water to grain, and then mixed with olive oil and salt, for a very simple dish. In general, with long-cooking whole grains, you should not worry too much about liquid-to-grain. Rather, check the grains twenty minutes before the end-time. If there is too much water, remove the lid and turn up the heat; if water is all out, keep covered, turn off heat, and let grains steam themselves for the remaining 20 minutes.

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