Q: houston_michele: @fabioviviani Do you blanch your broccoli rabe before sautéing it or is this not necessary#FabioQA
Yes it is necessary !! Best way to do it is to peel the bottom of the stem with a potato peeler. Start at the beginning of the first leaf by the stem and pick out some of the string. By doing this, you can sauté it FAST. If you cook it too long, it will bring out the bitterness.
Q: Sharon Davis Whitaker: What would you recommend in place of Garlic in recipes, onion, leek? My daughter is allergic to Garlic, yes, believe it or not, they do exist lol
A: Allergic to garlic ?? How terrible !! If garlic is a no-go, I recommend using green onion or challots instead. They are not too strong and you will still get a ton of good flavor.
Q: Toni McQueen: when dealing with beef shank for osso buco, should you remove the outer ring of connective tissue before beginning the cooking process?
A: NEVER REMOVE IT !! Just make incisions in the connective tissue with a very sharp knife and leave the tissue there- it will keep the meat together and it won’t fall off. Just score it a bit with you knife !
Q: Iscah Rampersad: Can you please explain the difference in using sliced, smashed, diced, and whole garlic?
A: Sliced garlic dissolves if you cook it long enough- so this is good to use in sauces. If you want it to dissolve, make sure it’s cut paper thin. Smashed garlic is easier to remove after you’re done cooking and you will be able to infuse your dish with garlic oil. Diced garlic is a hybrid between the two- you use it when you want garlic inside a dish and want to SEE that it’s there. Whole garlic is used for anything with a long preparation…like for braising, broths, stock, etc. It will sit there for a while and it’s hard to take out the oils when you don’t cut it. Hope that helps !! : )
Q: Bella Minardi: What’s your favorite thing to put Nutella on???
A: My girlfriend.
Q: Cassie Patterson Kitch: Recommended pasta maker?
A: Any little hand held pasta maker that you find on online will be fine for job !! Doesn’t need to be too expensive…should be around $50.