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Kitchen Talk With Chef Jeremy McLachlan

Mr. Bean Without the Humor
Vines are starting to sprout up and wrap themselves around the trellis. It's like magic. Little flowers are blooming and you know that you are only a few weeks away from having the most amazing vegetable ever, green beans! Tending my own garden for many years, I have been through the drama of having too many green beans. It's not funny. This is serious stuff and the questions always hit me: Do I eat them all? Can them? Give them away? My favorite thing to do is ...
Coconuts, Not Just for Deserted Islands
I have been going crazy for coconuts for a long time. Fresh coconut is the way to go in every way, but removing that furry, rough exterior is not the easiest of tasks. Well, I have a wonderful alternative for you. Trader Joe's is selling shelled whole coconuts that are out of this world. The amazing elixir in the middle has more electrolytes than an average football player's sweat! As my co-blogger and dear friend Kathy Kingen says, "All I Need is a Coconut" in her "Good for You" blog, it's really that amazing if hard to crack, but so…
Rhubarb Ba Ba Barbara Ann!
Oh, Rhubarb, you got me rockin' and a-reelin' but everyone thinks you're only for dessert! My girl Rhubarb has an amazing bright acidic flavor and when cooked right can make for an amazing accompaniment to any savory dish. Rhubarb is not just for pie! Rhubarb in cocktails is especially fun. The next time you make yourself a gin and tonic or a screwdriver, take a chance and muddle a little rhubarb in there for an extra layer of awesomeness. As Kathy Kingen explains in her blog, "Pucker Up for Rhuby," its astounding nutritional value is a reason to cultivate her.
See Spot Swim!!!
This month I am talking about the sweetest thing since a poodle in a tutu. Spot prawns are a locally caught prawn that will pop up in your specialty fish markets very soon. These prawns are a delicious, nutritious delicacy and with a limited supply, so call your local seafood shop and ask about them. Here are a few shops near you:
Have a Heart, and Keep it Healthy
Hey, you're thinking that once "New Year's Resolution Month" is over, it's back to deep-fried goodness and red meat. Well, why don't you keep your January post-holiday diet going? I have some easy and delicious heart-healthy tips for you and hope you'll check out GoRedForWomen.org for other important advice.
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