Category Archives: Veggie


Before we go any further…

Woot Woot!

Fante’s was included in the 2011 Best of Philly list, compiled by Philadelphia Magazine. This year, we were aptly named the best place to “channel Julia Child.”  Now, on with the show…

We always like to emphasize the importance of fundamental knife skills.  Being comfortable when using your cutlery goes a long way when preparing meals.  However, some days, short cuts are definitely required! This can be especially true when mincing herbs. Rather than manually mincing a handful of herbs, we’ve found a few great alternatives to cut your prep time considerably. Since we haven’t showcased neat-o products in a few weeks, we thought it best to shine the light on these:

for the mill of it all

1. Deluxe Herb Mill #77142 for $5.99

-A nice entry into the mill-market, this plastic-bodied version boasts stainless steel blades, and a handle suitable for lefties and righties. This mill is great for standard garden herbs like cilantro or parsley.

2. Fresh Mill Frozen Herb Mill  #4327 for $19.99

-This French designed mill is made of high-impact-plastic, and disassembles for cleaning. The best part? It can be used for storage…in the freezer! You can keep your fresh herbs labeled (comes with separate labels) and grind them on demand, straight from the freezer. Dishwasher safe. Check out the video, below, for a demo.

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Six-Pack with Marisa McClellan

With a little work, these…

Tomatoes on scale
can =

Preserved tomatoes in jars
Cue the drooling.

The above is an example of the fruits of home-canning, a method of preservation dating back to when Napoleon was more than just a dessert. Canning is enjoying a bit of a resurgence lately, likely on the coattails of the larger celebrity food craze and focus on local, organic foods. Part of that renewal are entrepreneurial home cooks who take the whisk by the…um, handle, and showcase their knowledge via the internet. One of our favorites is Food In Jars by Philly’s own (!) Marisa McClellan, who is also writing a cookbook based on the popular blog. We caught up with Marisa for our first Six Pack, a quick Q & A with experts in their food field. This week, Marisa eases canning fears and shares some insights.

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Super Salsa Saturday!

This last Saturday, we were lucky enough to have Sue, a representative from Progressive stop by and feature some of their awesome products. She not only showed off some of their newest and neatest, but she made a delicious and easy salsa.

Sue, getting ready to salsa!

The star of the demo, the Onion Chopper, went to work first.  It’s not just for tearless onion chopping, but also works on tomatoes and colorful bell peppers deftly cored by the Pepper Corer Duo.  Both items do the work of a knife in a fraction of the time. To preserve those with less daring palates, we refrained from adding powerful chiles.  For those who crave more heat, the sidekick of the Pepper Corer Duo is made for the narrow cores of chiles.

Ingredients, and the handy new board!

Progressive’s Fresh Herb Keeper and Fresh Herb Pro are ideal for storing and prepping fresh herbs.  The herb keeper keeps fresh herbs green and hydrated on the counter or in the fridge.  The Fresh Herb Pro is one of our favorite items, with handles that sport ridges to catch and trim herb-y leaflets from twiggy stems.  Collect all the leaves in the cup and shear them to bits in seconds with the spring-action scissors.  Fresh cilantro is a must for salsa and the Collapsible Salad Spinner is clutch for washing and straining the herb.

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