What is Jicama? Juicy Root, Poison Peas

Would a yam bean by any other name taste as sweet?  No matter what you call it—Mexican potato, chop suey yam, Juicy Root, poison-pea tuber—(okay, I made those last two up), jicama is a refreshing, crunchy veggie treat. Fleshy root of a plant that’s a member of the pea family, jicama (pronounced HEE-ka-ma) is about… 

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When Your Oven Bursts Into Flames (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) Mistakes were made, as they say. Here’s a summary: How to Ignite a Blazing Inferno in Your Oven (Do NOT try this at home.) Read roasted fish recipe. Note recipe calls for using a shallow roasting pan. Since you do not have a shallow roasting pan, substitute a flat baking sheet… 

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When Your Oven Bursts Into Flames (Part 1)

As I’m typing, I realize that my keyboard, like almost everything else in my house, is covered with a faint coating of fire extinguisher powder. So I stop, dust it, wipe it down with a wet rag, dry it, and continue. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve repeated a similar process with other… 

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When Baguettes Attack

While making zucchini gazpacho last week, I decided to toast up some last-minute crostini to serve alongside it. I thought the crostini-gazpacho combo would make a pretty picture for the blog while using up the end of the baguette left over from roasted garlic night. I felt very Martha Stewart. So, in a hurry as… 

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