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September 22, 2017
Ripeness in some fruits and vegetables can hardly be improved upon. The job of a responsive cook is to preserve these native qualities, recognize the point beyond which they fade, and exercise restraint in the way of any additions. In such an instance, the act of cooking may be as simple as waiting patiently for a persimmon to ripen or anointing a tomato with a little olive oil and sea salt.

Paul Bertolli

Cooking Tip of the Month: Chopping nuts

If you need large nut pieces, simply break nuts like pecans or walnuts with your fingers. For finer pieces, use a knife or chopping bowl. Almonds may be chopped in a blender or food processor, 1/2 c. at a time for 30 seconds on high speed.
Place nuts in a zip lock bag and pound with a mallet or the bottom of a small sauce pan.
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