Parsnips are cousins of carrots and are also closely related to parsley. In fact, the three hang out a lot in stews and at family reunions. Learn more about the wild life of the common parsnip.
All my life, I don't believe I've ever seen a leaf bug. Until today, that is. My day began like most others--by turning on the coffeepot and shuffling my way to the dumpster to throw out the trash. And that's when I saw it. A perfect green leaf with legs resting on my bicycle seat (pictured top). I hate bugs and was a little creeped out, but I thought it was cool and so I took a picture of it anyway.
“Never play with fire. Ever.” My mother’s words still echo in my head, even 20 years after I nearly singed an eyebrow off with a burning log I was swinging around like a lightsaber (ironically, I would accidentally shave one off in the summer of 2012). But with the Sugar Work Blow Torch from Matfer, I can honestly say that no, mom—I’m not playing with fire. I’m using it to caramelize sugar to make delicious and aesthetically pleasing desserts.
Coffee is part of a sacred morning ritual for a lot of people. In fact, it’s the one thing that keeps most of us from telling our employers to shove those TPS reports and go back to sleep. But with so many varieties, how do we choose which blend will keep us employed and sane enough to deal with the outside world at 6am? Read on...