Inside The Oven: Why a leek’s bite is better than its bark. Week Links: Black Owned Restaurants Go Vegan In South L.A. Our very first vegetarian spider.
Fresh is always better, right? Actually, not always. Take tomatoes, for example. Research shows canned varieties contain more of the antioxidant, lycopene. And lycopene has been shown to reduce the risk of all sorts of maladies, including cancers and macular degenerative disease.
While I like to think of the many benefits of lycopene being the reason behind me buying canned tomatoes for cooking, usually I’m just plain lazy and don’t want to bother chopping and dicing. Of course, there’s also the bonus of buying them already seasoned. I don’t know how many recipes have called for garlic or basil and I’ve easily grabbed a can of Muir Glen versus attempting the mountainous and annoying task of peeling garlic. Yes, I know there are gadgets for that, but I’m convinced that any pain involving using whole garlic cannot be eased with something from Kitchen Contraptions.
To me, leeks are like big dogs with no bark or bite. Get recipe for Canned Tomato Leek Couscous and find out why leeks don’t bite after the break… Read the rest of this entry »