You've likely heard of buckwheat pancakes or crêpes, but buckwheat is making its way into many different kinds of morning recipes these days. Whether you reach for the silky, striking gray-purple buckwheat flour or the actual grains themselves, buckwheat is throwing a wrench in the oatmeal game in a big way.
My first experience with polenta involved the pre-made slice and serve variety. Needless to say, it wasn't until I tasted the creamy, bubbling, freshly-made version that I discovered my love for the simple cornmeal dish. And, oh, what things you can do with it! Read on for six creative recipes.
When I die, I hope they carve these words on my headstone: She always found a way to add more vegetables. (It will be an enormous headstone, naturally.) I'm always looking for a way to add more vegetables to recipes, not only for health reasons, but also because I'm lazy. Why make a grain dish and a vegetable dish for dinner when I can combine them both into one bowl? Especially if that bowl is filled with creamy butternut squash studded with chewy nubs of barley and crunchy toasted pecans.
If you like to whip up a pot of quinoa, millet, or brown rice for weeknight suppers, then we have just the infographic for you. Print this out — put it on your fridge, and you'll have the right ratios of grain to water right in front of you.
I taught a whole grain breakfast class in Seattle a few weeks ago, and my favorite dish of the morning surprised me. Was it the more elaborate kale quiche? How about the seasonal baked risotto topped with toasty hazelnuts? Those were all great, but the star of that morning for me was actually a humble pot of morning barley. I left class thinking, "It's about time barley got its day in the spotlight!"
Rice vinegar is one of our all-time essential vinegars. For Asian-style pickles, stir fries, salads, and dipping sauces, no other vinegar can compare. Less harsh than most Western vinegars, rice vinegar can also provide a mellow sweetness to salad dressings, vegetables, and other dishes. Learn more about the different kinds of rice vinegar and get some recipes after the jump.
Somewhere in its past, polenta picked up a reputation for fussiness. I am here to tell you that it is anything but fussy. You can whip up a pot of creamy polenta in about 30 minutes, and it makes a luscious bed for anything from quickly sautéed mushrooms to a hearty slow-cooked meat ragu. Here's how to do it yourself.
This winter, I've become an oatmeal connoisseur. I'm that woman who orders oatmeal when eating out at relatively nice restaurants or on vacation to see just how they do it. When on a train trip a few months ago, I became quite enamored with Amtrak oatmeal and would look forward to it each morning (it was a long train trip). Like you, I'm sure, I've had really great oatmeal and my share of pretty awful bowls, and I've learned a lot in between those experiences.