We all know that a diet high in vegetables and lower in meat products is considered the most healthy for us, but few of us savor vegetables. In fact, in typical American cuisine, vegetables (aka ‚Äúsides) are usually an afterthought, dutifully added to the meal to make sure we get our yellow and green vegetables. Cooking techniques are usually an afterthought as well. During my childhood, my mother, who is actually a good cook, always boiled brussels sprouts, just as Betty Crocker told the cooks of the day to do. Trust me, that’s a multisensorial experience that no one should have to endure. Although I always hated them, I came to learn that it wasn’t the fault of the brussels sprouts. In fact, roast brussels sprouts with some olive oil and sea salt and I’m all in!

With a little bit of knowledge, you can create some delicious vegetable dishes.  Again, we turn to The Culinary Institute of America, through The Great Courses, to guide us. In the series The Everyday Gourmet: Cooking with Vegetables,  Chef Bill Briwa introduces viewers to:

Colorful carrots

Summer squashes

Winter squashes

Inflorescents: cauliflower and artichokes

Marvelous mushrooms

Salad greens and lettuces

Field greens and cooking greens

Root vegetables: celery root and parsnips

Alliums: onions and garlic

Fruits masquerading as vegetables

Bulb vegetables: fennel and celery

Brassicas: brussels sprouts and turnips

Potatoes and other tubers

Stems and stalks: asparagus and rhubarb

Cabbages: red, green, and savoy

Beets and beet greens

Eggplant: Italian, Chinese, and Japanese

The amazing avocado

Corn: from salads to dessert

Chili peppers

Peas and pods

Leftovers or planned-overs?

Exotic vegetables

Herbs and blossoms for an elegant dinner

This series consists of twenty- four videos, each thirty minutes in length. It can be purchased through Amazon, The Great Courses or rented from various libraries. Once you’ve finished watching, put on your mask and head on down to the community market to pick out some fresh vegetables!


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