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Old 01-01-2008, 10:40 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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Eggplant Parmesan or eggplant lasagna is yummy. Eggplant cubed in ratatouille is delicious also.

I understand that the trick is to pick out eggplants with a depression or dimple at their end. These are female eggplants and they are sweeter than the male eggplants which can be bitter.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I love Brussel Sprouts but most people seem to hate them !
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Default Spinach

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spinach straight out of the can-no need to heat-a little salt makes it better but even without i love it.
I prefer fresh veggies over can or frozen, but will agree with Stevie - I could eat spinach right out of the can.

I also have a passion for cream peas.
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Oz
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Eggplant.

But I'm still trying to figure it out.

I'd hate it if someone handed it to me. You can't eat it raw. It's like a big piece of dried foam.

At the same time, mnay cultures have turned it into something magic. Fantastic in Italian dhishes. Brilliant in Chinese. But it's also tricky to cook. Too soon and it's hard foam. Too late and it's mush. Moisture helps, but water takes a while and oil makes them too hapy to the point where they melt.

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Yes! Peel it and then slice, cube, or quarter it, depending on the recipe. Sprinkle the pieces generously with salt and let them sit in a colander for an hour (you'll usually see a lot of liquid beading on the surface). Rinse the eggplant in plenty of water to remove the salt, firmly squeeze a few pieces at a time in the palm of your hand to draw out almost all the moisture, and then pat the eggplant dry with paper towels. Thorough drying is important; squeezing out excess moisture will give you a less greasy result.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:36 AM
 
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I love artichokes; many people don't even know how to eat them.
Ooo me too
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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I think I'm going to make some beets tonight.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Eggplant.

But I'm still trying to figure it out.

I'd hate it if someone handed it to me. You can't eat it raw. It's like a big piece of dried foam.

At the same time, mnay cultures have turned it into something magic. Fantastic in Italian dhishes. Brilliant in Chinese. But it's also tricky to cook. Too soon and it's hard foam. Too late and it's mush. Moisture helps, but water takes a while and oil makes them too hapy to the point where they melt.

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Middle eastern cuisine has come up with baba ghanoush. Its like a dip, you serve it with pita bread, easy and yummy. All recipes €“ complete resource for recipes and cooking tips has some good variations of this recipe.
Also, if you peel and slice eggplant, then sprinkle some kosher salt on it and let it sit for about half hour, then remove salt, that draws bitterness out and seems to stabilize it for cooking it in all kinds of dishes. Little trick I learned from Alton Brown on Foodnetwork!

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Old 01-02-2008, 08:01 PM
 
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I got some beets. Now I gotta cook 'em.

These are big ones. They'll take an hour to boil.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:33 AM
 
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Meat!! Oh.... caveman go back now
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:34 AM
 
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I love almost every veggie, raw or cooked!!
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