Cassie Marshall

Cassie brings decades of experience to the Kitchen Community. She is a noted chef and avid gardener. Her new book "Healthy Eating Through the Garden" will be released shortly. When not writing or speaking about food and gardens Cassie can be found puttering around farmer's markets and greenhouses looking for the next great idea.

Cassie M Marshall

Lychee as a Key Ingredient

Lychee, with its distinct floral fragrance and sweet flavor profile, serves as an exceptional key ingredient in exotic fruit salads. When you choose to feature lychee, you’re embracing a fruit known for its ability to enrich a salad’s taste with its juicy and lush consistency. This tropical delicacy is not just about taste; the nutritional …

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Peanut Butter’s Interaction with Other Ingredients

Peanut butter is a versatile ingredient that brings a unique combination of flavors and textures to a variety of dishes. Its creamy thickness can bind other components, making it an ideal base for sauces and dressings. When you explore the culinary landscape, you’ll notice that peanut butter pairs exceptionally well with a range of ingredients …

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Flavor Pairing with Oatmeal

Oatmeal serves as a blank canvas for a myriad of flavor pairings that can transform your breakfast from the ordinary to the extraordinary. With its neutral taste and comforting, creamy texture, oatmeal is the ideal backdrop for experimenting with different ingredients that can cater to any palate. Whether you fancy sweet, savory, or a delightful …

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Buttermilk’s Influence on Food Pairing and Menu Design

In the culinary world, your understanding of ingredients is crucial for innovative menu design, and buttermilk is an ingredient that deserves your attention. Its creamy texture and tangy flavor profile offer a unique blend that can enhance a variety of dishes, whether you’re crafting a sweet dessert or a hearty main course. By incorporating buttermilk, …

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Bananas in Sweet and Savory Breads

Bananas have long been a staple in the kitchen, prized for their versatility, natural sweetness, and moisture-enhancing properties, especially in baking. When you incorporate bananas into bread recipes, both sweet and savory, you not only infuse the bread with a subtle, fruity flavor but also benefit from the moisture they provide, yielding exceptionally tender and …

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The Role of Bitter Melon in Dietary Diversity and Culinary Innovation

Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or by its scientific name Momordica charantia, is a vegetable that has long been esteemed in various cuisines for its nutritional benefits and its role in enhancing dietary diversity. You might recognize it by its distinct warty exterior and the unique bitter flavor that becomes a sophisticated addition …

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Piping Techniques for Macaron Shells

Piping macaron shells is a skill that balances art and science. Macarons, the quintessentially French pastry, require a steady hand and a keen eye for detail. You’ll find that the quality of your macarons greatly depends on the techniques you use to pipe the shells. Achieving uniformity in size and shape is crucial—not just for …

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