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May 26, 2017
Ripeness in some fruits and vegetables can hardly be improved upon. The job of a responsive cook is to preserve these native qualities, recognize the point beyond which they fade, and exercise restraint in the way of any additions. In such an instance, the act of cooking may be as simple as waiting patiently for a persimmon to ripen or anointing a tomato with a little olive oil and sea salt.

Paul Bertolli
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Cooking Tip of the Month: How to measure ingredients

Liquid ingredients and dry Ingredients are measured in different ways.
Liquid measuring cups, Start by placing your liquid measuring cup on a flat surface. Slowly pour the liquid in the measuring cup until the liquid reaches the line for the measurement. Look at eye-level to read the measurement.
 
Liquid measuring spoons, Select the measuring spoon that is labeled with the amount the recipe calls for. Pour liquid into the spoon carefully, until it reaches the top. Since it is easy to spill, it's a good idea to measure over a bowl.
 
Dry measuring cups, Select the measuring cup that is labeled with the amount the recipe calls for. Spoon dry ingredients into the cup until overflowing. Level off the top with a straight edge (back of knife) so that it is even with the top of the cup.
 
Dry measuring spoons, Select the measuring spoon that is labeled with the amount the recipe calls for. Scoop the spoon into the dry ingredient until full or overflowing. Level off the top with the straight edge (back of a knife) so that it is even with the top of the spoon.
 
Source:   National Pork Board
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