Mastering Ingredients:

Vegetables & Herbs

Never be put off by vegetables looking ugly because sometimes, the uglier the vegetable, the more flavor it has in it.

Don't over-chop herbs

• Chef Gordon warns not to over-chop herbs. It’s important not to bruise them or lose their flavor and scent to the cutting board. Practice chopping herbs and learn special techniques using this how-to guide.

• Gordon is a proponent of buying vegetables according to season. Integrate this practice into your own cooking and produce purchasing habits. Use this guide to plan what vegetables to include in your dishes based on the time of year.

Gordon says the bushy, green tops of carrots are great for salads and soups. Look at these recipes for ideas about how to use the tops, and make one or several. Post photos of your finished dishes (or smoothies!) for your classmates to see.