Up next: How-to videos about produce

Do you remember your New Year's Resolutions? The one I've managed to keep all the way into July is to try cooking with something new (to me) each week, both to challenge my mind and expand my repertoire (parsnips, celeriac/celery root, bison, fava beans, etc.). But with cooking, the more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn. So, in the name of learning, our crack web team is shooting a series of quick how-to videos: How to choose the perfect cantaloupe; how to preserve a ripe avocado; you get the picture. And last week, we headed to PCC Redmond to get the picture for you. 

Thien and me, getting ready for our close-up.

We opted to launch with two front-of-mind questions this time of year: How best to select and slice summer melons and how to select and preserve fresh avocado. We're planning fall segments now, including how-to videos about winter squash and pumpkins. We'd love to hear about the produce that puzzles you! As for me, I can't wait to learn more about cooking with romanesco

Once more, with feeling.

Did you know Thien from the Redmond deli used to be a hand model? No joke. Here, he poses before he artfully carves up that fine specimen.

And here's Ricardo, our social media guru, teaching us the Way of the Avocado.

Ricardo teaches us a handy trick with avocados and limes. You'll have to watch the video to learn his mother's secret!

Behind the camera with Ricardo as P.J., Redmond's produce coordinator, teaches us how to select the perfect melon.

We had many from which to choose!

Setting the scene. Can you believe the size of that light? No wonder everyone looks so nice and awake on TV.

Look how many bags it takes to haul all this stuff around. We definitely deserved a cookie.

I learned a lot about creating backdrops that day. Kevin, our cameraman extraordinaire, noted that most stylists iron everything that will be in a scene. I haven't ironed in ... four years! Guess it's time to bust that out.

Again, if there's a produce item you've picked up and put down again for lack of knowing what to do with it, let us know! We might feature it in an upcoming episode. Life is too short to miss out on all the great things in the produce department.

More about: avocados, produce, watermelons

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I can't wait...

These videos are going to be really cool!

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