In the Dang household vegetables were part of dinner every single night. Sometimes they were part of a more elaborate dish, like carrots and turnips in a chicken curry, but more often than not, they were just popped into a container with some water (and sometimes even butter) and microwaved. My mom would get home… Get the full serving >
When I was trying to decide on the photos for the COOK + SMARTS website, I immediately knew that my favorite cooking formula would make the final gallery. Blanch + Saute is a cooking formula that is used almost every night in our kitchen for three reasons: 1) we love making vegetables a big part of every meal; 2) the blanching step makes vegetables cook in a flash (perfect for weekday preparation); and 3) the sauteing step step adds a ton of flavor. This cooking formula can be applied to almost any hearty vegetable, and we have a whole list below to get you through all four seasons.