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What to look for when buying artichokes
There is, among some cooks, a phobia about overcooking peas. To many people, peas must stay bright gre...
 
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March 10, 2014
What to look for when buying artichokes

There is, among some cooks, a phobia about overcooking peas. To many people, peas must stay bright green and intact, little bullets running around the plate as you chase after them with a fork. Well, I love my fresh peas “smothered” until they are olive green in color, when their sweetness and flavors have really concentrated, and they begin to break down and cling together. I do not mean peas that are overcooked in lots of water, or steamed till they are gray-green, watery, and tasting of tobacco. Peas are delicious in just about any dish; different pasta dishes, soups, with fish, and delicious when mixed with other vegetables as a side. I also love a puree made of fresh peas, with some olive oil it makes a great spread for the bread instead of butter.