It’s Wednesday, which I am calling “Hump Day Hacks and Tips!” I am excited about this new feature on my blog that will appear every Wednesday.
Sometimes I share content I find, sometimes I share my own. Today, I share my own and I have two tips for you.
My parents used to live in the Dominican Republic and when I visited them (back in college), I discovered the beauty of celery leaves.
Most American cooks cut the leaves off and toss them– I used to do that– but it’s a mistake. First, I am advocate of using as much of every food as possible. And second, the leaves are intensely flavorful and nutritious.
Celery leaves are high in iron, magnesium, and vitamins A and C.
In the Dominican, they used the leaves in marinades and that is a wonderful use, especially with chicken.
But I have lots of other ideas, too.
Celery leaves are great in stocks and broth. Because I have a ton of rotisserie chicken carcasses each week, I make my own stock. But on that rare occasion that I don’t, I still drop celery leaves, onions and bay leaves in commercial stock and boil for 10 minutes before I use the stock. I adds a lot of flavor. The more celery leaves, the better.
Slice the leaves and use as substitute for parsley.
Toss chopped leaves into a salad to impart a celery flavor. It’s excellent. You can also add some to tuna salad or chicken salad. It adds extra flavor and nutrition. Mayo helps mellow out the celery leaf flavor.
The leaves are excellent in homemade beans, both in the cooking process and sliced on top as a garnish.
You can use them to garnish risotto or in rice pilaf or quinoa salad.
Use the leaves and a few stalks to infuse vodka for a fantastic Bloody Mary. Let’s see, it’s Wednesday, so go home tonight and add the leaves and stalks to vodka and Sunday morning, strain the vodka and enjoy a flavorful Bloody Mary. You can also add jalapenos if you like it hot.
And save back a stem with some leaves on the top to garnish that Bloody Mary with olives. A thincelery stalk with leaves on top makes a great olive skewer.
Ok, I hope you never throw away celery leaves. There are too many reasons not to.
My second tip is a lot quicker.
I was at a friend’s house about a month ago and she over-salted her soup. I told her next time she does that, to place a few small potatoes or slice up a large potato, and put it in the broth as it cooks and the potato will extract some of the salt. You should peel the potato before you add them.
You don’t want to cook the potato through and you may have to repeat the process, but it will help reduce the salt. Just think about how much salt potatoes need. It’s a great solution for over-salted stock.
That’s it for today. Join me all week for rotisserie chicken recipes and Hump Day Hacks and Tips on Wednesday.
I will start adding a weekly travel feature, too. I am thinking about Travel Tuesday or Travel Thursday. I have visited 57 countries, every continent and 45 states, so I have LOTS of travel tips and advice.
Thank you for reading today.