Ripe or Not

How To : Determine whether watermelons are ripe or not ripe

One of the hardest fruits to determine the freshness of is the watermelon. It's the biggest question in the produce department of grocery stores, so you're not the only one having problems. This video from YourProduceGuy gives you the tips to finding out what to do when pickin ...more

How To : Determine whether cantaloupes are ripe or not ripe

The cantaloupe is a troublesome fruit for some melon shoppers, because it's a really hard fruit to tell the ripeness of, like most hard-shelled melons. If you've been riddled with how to bring home the ripest and freshest cantaloupe melon, then YourProduceGuy has answers for y ...more

How To : Ripen an Avocado in 10 Minutes or Less

Summer cookouts and barbecues come with a lot of delicious foods, but to me, there's nothing better than dishes heaped with avocados. From guacamole to simply eating an avocado right out of its skin, I devour this fruit constantly—but it's one that can be tricky to find perfec ...more

How To : Save Your Tomatoes From Rats And Rot

Every summer my husband and I plant a tomato plant. We do this to enjoy the plump red tomatoes right off of the vine. This summer we have had a problem, which is that SOMETHING IS EATING OUR TOMATOES AND IT IS NOT US! The Beginning Let me start from the beginning. Purchase ...more

How To : Fry Banana and Jackfruit Turon Rolls

This turon (banana lumpia) is one of my favorite meriendas (light meals), and it's so easy to make, even a child can do it! It's a must try, especially if you can't think about something to cook. So, for all the diehard banana fans, this is for you. Warning Applicable to pla ...more

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

How To : Make cream of papaya

A classic dessert at any Churrascaria, Cream of Papaya is not only delicious but also aids digestion as Papaya contains enzymes which soften and break down red meat. Cucaâ??s Tip: Supermarkets are the worse place to buy ripe fruit. Try your local street market or Indian grocery.

How To : Make a beautiful fruit basket

If you're looking for a fabulous gift, why not check out this tutorial with Martha Stewart and see what to do to create a beautiful fruit basket. Bananas, apples, peaches, grapes, cherries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, tangerines - any fruit you want! Of course, make sure you're ...more

How To : Slice a ripe peach with a forward cut

Generally if you can get your knife through a peach and produce smaller, more bite-sized chunks, that's good enough. We're not all too picky about how beautiful our peach slices look when we're scarfing one down post workout, but sometimes it's important to give a good present ...more

How To : Choose a perfectly ripe Tommy Atkins mango

Just because the grocery store sells produce, doesn't mean it's all good and ready to eat. Mangos are a particularly tricky fruit to get right… er… ripe. Tommy Atkins mangos the more common mangos, and are usually grown in Mexico (originally Florida). When choosing a Tommy Atk ...more

How To : Clean a beef heart

Chris Cosentino cleaning a beef heart. I have received a lot of questions about how to butcher a beef heart. I recently made a video to answer these questions. After the break you will find a recipe for beef heart tartare. Beef Heart Tartare Puttanesca Style Serves 8 as appe ...more

How To : Make a panzanella salad with crab and avocado

This week's recipe is a Secret Ingredient team favorite. Not only is it a brilliant use for leftover bread, it's a lively salad of peppery arugula tossed in roasted tomato vinaigrette, topped with toasted goat cheese and generously garnished with Whole Catch™ Wild Caught Crab. ...more

How To : Prepare classic Chicago style hot dogs

Tune into this hot dog how-to video and watch host Scott Herbert get frank about his passion for Chicago-style hot dogs. Also, learn the secret to a frosty root beer float that's especially sweet when made with Whole Foods Market's 365 Everyday Value root beer crafted with can ...more

How To : Juice key limes

Gourmet food editor Melissa Roberts talks about key limes here. Key limes are much smaller than the conventional limes that you usually see at supermarkets. When they go out of season they become a little dry, their peak season being spring. They're picked off trees when they' ...more

How To : Know the basics of cutting a mango

1. Peel the mango from top to bottom. Using the Y-shaped peeler, work your way around the mango, removing the skin. If the fruit is not quite ripe, keep peeling it away until the pulp is bright yellow. As you expose more pulp, use a paper towel to hold the peeled mango so it d ...more

How To : Bake a delicious lemon cream tart

Lemons are ripe and aplenty right now, so why not harness their delicious tart overtones by including them in a fresh springtime dessert? Watch this video by Honeysuckle Bakery to bake your way to tangy bliss. Dzung of Honeysuckle Bakery will show you how to bake a snippy lem ...more

HowTo : Eat Berries in the Wilderness

DO NOT eat a berry if you cannot identify it. I decided not to include the obvious blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, but this guide will assist you in identifying which wild berries are, in fact, poisonous. The best way to stay safe when looking for berries is keepin ...more

How To : Make an Italian-style mango gelato ice cream

Attention all ice cream lovers — drop the ice cream and pick up the gelato! You won't regret it. At least, not with this fantastic recipe for a really simple mango gelato. The tropical fruit is the key to this mouth-watering gelato. Sweet and juicy mango is puréed and added to ...more

How To : Make plantain empanadas

If you like empanadas, then this plantain version is sure to hit your recipe box. Fried foods aren't generally good for you, but you can't exactly not fry empanadas. And don't try to substitute bananas for the plantains. Otherwise those would be banana empanadas and not planta ...more

How To : Pick a good pineapple and cut it

Frederic Patenaude demonstrates selecting and cutting a fresh pineapple. To select a fresh pineapple, he discusses that the color is not a great indicator. Instead he suggests looking at the bottom of the pineapple to make sure the base is yellow, indicating ripeness. He also ...more

How To : Cut a mango for mango salsa

The user "MJenks13"(Susan) from Youtube shows an easy trick that you can use to cut a mango for a delicious Fruit Salsa. You will need a mango fruit and a knife. It's ideal that the mango is ripe, so that it has a stronger flavor and the pulp is easy to cut. Mango fruits have ...more

How To : Find and hook up with girls during the summer

School's out, and if you're single and ready to mingle, watch this episode of The Wing Girls for ten tips for meeting women this summer. Whether it's making sure not to commit to anything serious (hey, you have to play the field and be thorough to find the One, right?), gettin ...more

How To : Can fresh sweet peaches

All those fresh ripe peaches on your tree will go bad if you don't pick them. Wait! Why not preserve them and make them last through the winter. This how to video is a canning tutorial that will show you how to can peaches and preserve them in jars. Eat the peaches when you li ...more

News : Groundhog 102

30 January 2011 Zynga’s new Groundhog Mission in FrontierVille allows two groundhogs to show up on your homestead at once. They’re very hard to kill; it takes at least 20 clicks to clobber each one. The Mission requires that you buy a trap for 1900 coins and then beg for scr ...more

How To : Make orange plum tomatoes salsa with Me Gusta

Orange plum tomatoes are sweeter than your average red tomato, which make them a sweet treat to put into salsa. Summer's coming to an end soon so celebrate the last waning days of warm weather and ripe, succulent food by making this pluout, or plum tomato, salsa with Me Gusta. ...more

How To : Cook healthy swiss chard with salmon

Swiss chard is definitely not one of the best known leafy green vegetables. Far overshadowed by its cousin, spinach, and its distant relative, arugula, swiss chard often gets overlooked but the teeming green leaves promise incredible flavor if you add them to your cooking. If ...more

How To : Make guacamole or avocado dip

This video shows you how to make guacamole or avocado dip. - First, take two avocados and cut them around the stone and then remove the stone. - Next, remove the fleshy part of the avocado using a spoon, if you avocado is ripe, then it will come out very easily - Put the avoc ...more

How To : Make Guacamole with Hubert Keller

Ingredients 1/2 cup tightly packed cilantro leaves 3 plum tomatoes, cored, halved and seeded 2 cloves garlic, peeled 2 medium jalapeño peppers, stemmed, quartered and seeded 2 green onions (include 2 inches of green), cut in 1-inch lengths 6 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and ...more

How To : Make an Italian margherita pizza

Everybody's favorite food is pizza. But not everybody knows how to actually make a pizza, which is practically a sin. And this "margherita" style pizza is a great one to learn, full of Italian simplicity— red tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and green basil— all the colors of ...more

How To : Prepare a persimmon for eating

A persimmon is not ready to eat until it has a soft consistency like jelly or pudding, though the fruit can be harvested and brought inside while still hard, so long as the branch the fruit hangs from is picked along with it. One way to be sure that a persimmon is ready to eat ...more

How To : Arrange centerpieces with candles and fresh ingre

Lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly takes the hassle out of centerpiece designing. This centerpiece basics video show you how to arrange centerpieces for parties or events using nontraditional items such as fruit, vegetables, or candles. Kelly shows different ways to display candl ...more

How To : Make delicious chocolate-covered strawberries

Use this recipe to make chocolate covered strawberries, and add optional decorations and ingredients to them. You will need: 1 dozen ripe strawberries, 12 oz semi sweet chocolate, cookie sheet, wax paper, microwave safe bowl, wooden spoon, toothpicks and a fork. It's optional ...more

How To : Make crostini

Crostini is the Italian word for toast and is basically a fantastic canvases to put almost anything on top of to make easy and tasty hors d’oeuvres. This video will show you some crositini using Italian ingredients or other flavorful combinations. Watch this video to learn how ...more

How To : Make mango chutney

Chutney is a term for a class of spicy preparations used as an accompaniment for a main dish such as chicken or fish. Serve this delicious mango chutney with your prepared fish or chicken dish tonight. You Will Need: • 1 lb. mangoes, peeled, pitted, and chopped • 2 tbsp. ol ...more

How To : Get started on a raw food diet

In this video from Raw Radiant Health, Natasha explains how to begin a raw food diet. First, you need to decide when you want to start. Clearly define your goals and stick with them. Once you set a starting date, you can prepare your kitchen beforehand. Your fruit should be ri ...more

How To : Colonel Sanders' KFC Recipe Revealed!

The Holy Grail of chicken has just been found by an unsuspecting reporter of the Chicago Tribune. Yes, that's right: The secret 11 herbs and spices in Colonel Sanders' Original Recipe chicken has finally been revealed, and it looks legit as hell. While a copy of the Original ...more

News : Millenium Challenge

In 2000, the U.S. Joint Command Forces, a sort of think tank within the military, began planning a war game named Millennium Challenge. The scenario of the game was as follows: a rogue military commander had broken away from his government somewhere in the Persian Gulf and was ...more

REVIEW : The A-Team

People smile in this movie. This is a genius breakthrough Another day, another remake. Another safe choice during apparently rocky times - this wintry economic climate, don't you know - and we're off and watching Joe Carnahan's big-screen version of the A-Team. In 2010. Why ...more

How To : Freeze peaches

Eat wonderful peaches all year long. Freezing fruit is easy and a great ways to preserve and retain nutrients. Freeze your peaches now and thaw them when you are ready to make a peach pie or smoothies. This is the perfect way to make the most out of your fruit. In a few simpl ...more

How To : Make People Like You (Even if They Hate You)

Someone does't really like you. I don't know who or where they are, but they exist. If you want to change that, simply ask them to do you a favor. This trick is known as the "Benjamin Franklin Effect." The idea is that when someone who views you unfavorably performs a favor f ...more

How To : Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally Using Cloves

Fruit flies are nearly as frustrating as ants and equally impossible to eradicate—but there are a few ways to get rid of them. We've already shown you that apple cider vinegar, dishwashing soap, and plastic wrap is a great way to trap and kill fruit flies, but if you just want ...more

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