Cook to Impress: Play with Food Presentation

There’s no doubt about it, cooking is an art. The good news is, art comes in MANY forms! Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist in the kitchen, you have huge potential to wow your family and friends just by learning a few new tricks. Let’s start with the basics:

  • Experiment with different garnishes. Once you’ve decided on the main dish and accompanying sides, do a little research on flavor-matching and give your meal some extra flare. For example, if you’re cooking with radishes, add a sprig or two of mint! Using spinach in your dish? Slice up some lemon wedges or sprinkle a few pine nuts over the top to flex your culinary muscles. Diners at your table will appreciate the little touches and be impressed by your appetizing expertise. (PS, you can get more flavor matching tips on our Facebook and Instagram each month!
  • Dish it up in fun ways. Charcuterie board, anyone? Display meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts for a smorgasbord to excite the eyes and tummies of your guests! We love, love, LOVE a slate cheese board and marker set like this one offered by Crate & Barrel. You might also consider investing in a classic dish set in a versatile color like white or gray and adding some pizzazz and a touch of class with decorative linen napkins!
  • Add color to the plate. A variety of hues may be just what you need to make your meals complete (and completely eye-catching). A variety of colors not only looks appetizing, but it also ensures you’re getting a variety of nutrients that your body needs. Did you know…
      • Purple veggies, like eggplant and rutabaga, promote a healthy digestive tract and reduce inflammation.
      • Green veggies, like snow peas and okra, improve cardiovascular health, boost energy levels, and are great sources of magnesium and calcium.
      • Red veggies, like bell peppers and rhubarb, promote urinary and joint health, as well as supplying antioxidants to the body.
      • White veggies, like mushrooms and chicory, promote healthy bones and improve cardiovascular health.
      • Yellow veggies, like wax beans and sauerkraut, can regulate blood pressure and promote eye, skin, and immune health.

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