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The Basics: Queso Fresco

Cooking Essentials The Profile Queso Fresco Queso fresco has long been an essential ingredient used in authentic Mexican cuisine. It is a mild, fresh crumbling cheese typically prepared using cow or goat milk. Queso fresco may be identified as having a slightly salty yet bright, milky flavor with just a hint of twang. It is made […]

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The Basics: Serrano Peppers

Cooking Essentials The Technique Serrano Peppers Serrano peppers are well known as a type of chili pepper that originated in Mexico most ideal for use in fresh applications. They register on the Scoville Scale, a chart specifically designed to gauge the heat level of peppers, typically between 10,000 to 23,000. Bell peppers fall at the bottom […]

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The Basics: Nova Grape Tomatoes

Cooking Essentials  The Profile Nova Grape Tomatoes Nova grape tomatoes are a firm, sweet variety known for their rich, orange hue. It is considered an intermediate level undertaking if growing your own plants. The oval-shaped fruit grows on lengthy stems & weigh approximately 1/2-ounce each. Plants are compact & thrive with minimal staking. The leaves […]

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The Basics: Plum Tomatoes

Cooking Essentials The Technique Plum Tomatoes Plum tomatoes, also known as Datterino, are typically grown specifically for the purpose of canning & packing as the elongated, oval fruit has fewer cavities which result in a lower water content than many other types. They may be more specifically identified in markets as Roma, San Marzano or Italian Plum […]

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Summer Entertaining: Pecan Pesto Crostini With Tomatoes

Summer Entertaining Southern Socials Pecan Pesto Crostini With Tomatoes Pecan Pesto may be used for all sorts of delicious meals ranging from irresistible salads & side dishes to lovely appetizers. Pecan Pesto Tomato Salad With Rattlesnake Beans & Bacon, Pecan Pesto Pasta With Tomatoes, Spinach & Bacon Salad With Pecan Pesto Croutons are wonderful to […]

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Summer Entertaining: Pecan Pesto Pasta With Tomatoes

Summer Entertaining Southern Socials Pecan Pesto Pasta With Tomatoes Pecan Pesto Pasta With Tomatoes is a filling summer-fresh side dish perfect to serve for an array of celebrations ranging from birthday gatherings to showers. It features a variety of goodness such as Campari & Mini San Marzano to Sweet 100’s & Sunsugar, however the recipe would be […]

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The Basics: Mini San Marzano Tomatoes

Cooking Essentials  The Profile Mini San Marzano Tomatoes Traditional San Marzano tomatoes are a coveted Plum or Roma variety often times used to prepare classic sauces such as bolognese & marinara. They originated near Naples, Italy in a region with the same name. The vast majority produced weigh approximately 3 1/2-ounces each & are prized for […]

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Summer Entertaining: Spinach & Bacon Salad With Pecan Pesto Croutons

Summer Entertaining Southern Socials  Spinach & Bacon Salad With Pecan Pesto Croutons A beautiful tomato salad is always a welcome addition to lovely gatherings. Spinach & Bacon Salad With Pecan Pesto Croutons does not disappoint in the summertime. When entertaining, plan to cook the bacon & prepare the Pecan Pesto ahead of time, then make the croutons […]

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