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More than one professional chef has proven his culinary chops by introducing new and exotic ingredients to his menus. But let's face it--figuring out the perfect way to de-slime a cactus, work with blood sausage or master the many uses of alternative flours isn't easy. We're here to help. Our In the Pantry feature will walk you through when, where, why, and how to use some outside-of-the-box foods and ingredients. Before you know it, you'll be pushing the limits of your everyday menu with new spices and ingredients.

Cooking with Quinoa: The Healthiest, Tastiest Grain on the Culinary Block

Learn all about what quinoa is, what its health benefits are, and how to integrate it into a variety of dishes.

Berries Ripe for the U-picking

Berries are a summertime superfood, and the best picks come from local farms. Learn about this year's berry harvest, how to find u-pick farms, and culinary tips for the harvest.

The Perfect Bean: Cooking with Coffee

Cooking with coffee has been a brewing trend for U.S. chefs. Whether savory or sweet, coffee's noted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, ripe dark berries, and floral, grape, or peach-like undertones add richness to food like no other spice.

Taste the Holidays: My Fabulous Menu

How do you create the perfect holiday dinner? This is a tough question to answer, since tastes and tradition often influence our culinary choices. I can, however, share how I go about making my own menu.

The Cooking Power of Alternative Flour

Discussions of alternative flours are often centered around wheat allergies, celiac disease, and gluten-free cooking, but there are many other reasons to venture beyond the all-purpose (AP) realm and experiment with other varieties of flour.

Cooking with Squash Blossoms: Zucchini Flowers in the Kitchen

Zucchini flowers are a prime example of how, through the ages, chefs' aversions to waste have melded into cooking traditions.

Cooking with Blood: Yesterday and Today

Cooking with blood may sound like something out of a horror novel or thriller flick, but culinary use of blood is a tradition that dates back thousands of years.

Herbs and Spices--Not Just for Dinner Anymore

When you think of dessert spices, cinnamon may be the first to come to mind, and of course we're all familiar with sweets such as gingerbread, spice cake, and mint chocolate brownies.

Luscious Lettuce

Whether you're a seasoned chef or just starting out in the kitchen, our concise guide to using lettuce can inspire your spring menus. Find recipes and cooking tips for lettuce.

A Potato Primer: Beyond the Russet Burbank

Cooking information, tips, and recipes to help amateur and professional chefs find original ways to cook with potatoes.