52 Ingredients: Persimmon

Posted on August 19, 2014
Fuyu Persimmon

The first time I saw persimmon was a couple of years ago when I participated in an organic produce home delivery service. At the time, I thought my palate was fairly well-versed. But after taking my first bite of this little orange alien fruit, I realized just how sheltered my taste buds had been all this time. The persimmon was sweet, with the textural consistency of a pear. After I finished stuffing my face with the fruit, my joy turned to sadness when I realized that I didn’t have another persimmon to eat.

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52 Ingredients: Seaweed

Posted on August 12, 2014
seaweed salad

If you’ve ever been to the beach and seen piles of green slimy plants just hanging out in the sand, you’ve encountered seaweed. As it’s lying on the beach while you apply your sunscreen, you probably aren’t thinking about that slimy sea plant as a hefty source of nutrition, but you really should. There is more to this nutrient-dense sea vegetable than meets the eye.

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Treasure Hunting: Update International Portable Gas Cooker

Update International Portable Cooker

Using this Update International Portable Gas Cooker will only enhance your camping experiences. When you use this tool to fry up some fresh fish or scramble some eggs , it’s the equivalent of riding a grizzly bear named Frank into battle alongside a Forrest Gump-era Tom Hanks (I don’t know why the bear’s name is Frank, it just is).

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How To Make Simple Syrup

We combat the heat in my house with a pitcher of iced tea, ready-to-drink at all times of the day. Usually we keep it unsweetened, but with rising temperatures and tensions, the clever way I’ve found to keep everyone cool and calm is by adding just a touch of sugar. And I don’t tolerate half-dissolved crystals in the bottom of my tall tea glass. That’s not only an amateur's move, but a complete waste of sugar. Don’t waste time trying to dissolve this untreated sugar—it’s nearly impossible. Instead, use simple syrup, a predissolved sugar-water solution. Shake it into summer cocktails, stir it into iced tea, even sweeten your sorbet. You can use simple sugar in place of granulated sugar anytime you wish. Yes, you can find it on shelves of gourmet kitchen stores, but what they don’t want you to know is that it’s extremely easy and simple to make.

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52 Ingredients: Green Beans

Posted on August 5, 2014
green beans

Green beans, also known as string beans, have been popular for ages. From the infamous green bean casserole that appears at every Thanksgiving get together to Lorde’s misheard song lyrics, this little bean demands your attention.

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