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What is cilantro?

In Far Eastern cuisine an ingredient called cilantro is mentioned. I'm from Sydney, Australia and haven't heard of it. Can you help me … perhaps there is ano...

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What are ramps?

I saw a recipe called Sallys Ramps with Bacon. The recipe called for 2 lbs of ramps. What are ramps?

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Watercress & other cresses

I was looking at a recipe for , and it called for 1/4 bunch cress. I thought it was watercress, but that was already mentioned in the recipe. What is cress?

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Storing leftover tomato

What is the best way to store the remaining piece of a tomato that I've sliced for sandwiches. It always seems to get mushy before I get to use the rest of it.

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Gazpacho with & without tomatoes

Since when are tomatoes used in ? When visiting Spain, Gazpacho was the "in thing" to eat there. However, as I remember, the Spanish did not put tomatoes in ...

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Different types of potatoes

Would you please explain the different types of potatoes and what they can best be used for – baking, mashing, salads etc.

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Cucumber varieties

What is the difference between an "English" cucumber and the regular fat waxy green ones? I had a salad of cukes and radishes at a friend’s and it was delici...

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A special spinach, mushroom & brie dip

I am looking for a dip made with spinach, mushrooms and brie. Simply delicious! Just can't seem to find it anywhere. Would appreciate any help you can give.

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Pork rinds on a low-carbohydrate diet

I am on a zero/low-carbohydrate eating regime and it has been suggested that pork rinds (in chip form) may be substituted for breadcrumbs or flour when prepa...

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What is shortening?

The word "shortening" always confuses me. Is it "butter," "margarine," "lard" or something like "Crisco"?

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What is a sachet of vanilla?

I recently was given a baking cook book that comes from England and I have a few questions about ingredients that I hope you can answer for me. What are: a s...

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