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Love to Cook? Master These Must-Know Knife Techniques

July 29, 2015 12:04 pm

If you love to cook, you know how important it is to use the proper cutting techniques in every recipe. Many people don't know the proper names of these techniques, however, which often leads to using the wrong one. Here are three important types of cutting that are essential for everything from entrees to desserts.

  1. Julienne. To julienne, you want to cut vegetables or other food items into stick-shaped pieces that are long and thin. Start by cutting the item into a square, then slice it into rectangular-shaped pieces lengthwise. Repeat the same step on each of the rectangles until you're left with pieces that resemble matchsticks.
  2. Chiffonade. This type of cut sounds fancy, but it actually just refers to cutting herbs or thin leaf vegetables. Roll the herbs up into a tight tube, then roughly chop across with a sharp knife. It doesn't matter how the cuts look, just that the pieces are small enough to sprinkle throughout a dish.
  3. Dice. Dicing is similar to chopping, but it creates entirely uniform pieces for dishes like stews or fruit salads. Begin with a rectangular shape and continue to cut it both directions until you're left with uniform pieces in the size that you desire.

Knife Skills: Different Types of Cuts [The Culinary Cook]
Top 10 Knife Skills [How Stuff Works]
Perfect Your Knife Skills With This Chef's Guide to Knives [Lifehacker]

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Eat With Your Hands at Tigi’s Ethiopian Restaurant in Ellicott City

July 22, 2015 12:45 pm

If you ask for utensils at Tigi's Ethiopian Restaurant, you'll be immediately outed as a first timer. True to Ethiopian tradition, a spongy flatbread called injera is used to scoop up the authentic fare here, which consists mostly of savory stews known as "wot." Whether they're veggie- or meat-based, the stews all emanate spicy flavors that evoke the cuisine's African origins.

The eatery boasts a large selection for vegans, from the popular gomen wot—a stew of collard greens with green peppers and onions—to the kik alicha, a blend of yellow split peas and garlic, onions, and green peppers. But meat-eaters can also find something to suit their tastes. Try the quey wot, a stew of beef and ginger, or quanta firfir, which consists of beef jerky in house-made sauces and berberé sauce.

Tigi's Ethiopian Restaurant
8459 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 750-1500

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Get to Know the Windsor at Pine Ridge Staff!

July 16, 2015 4:47 pm

Take a minute to get to know the Windsor at Pine Ridge staff! We will be featuring two members of our staff each month!

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