Written by Mary F. Pisarkiewicz

I love ginger!! I never knew it very well until we had the luck of having our Jamaican nanny work for us. Jennifer was the best and stayed with us the longest. We still see her. She has dinner with my boys and I don’t even know it. The older one has her over to his apartment in Brooklyn for dinner. Jen is truly special and really helped raise both of them, AND take care of me. If I ever stayed home sick, she made me chicken soup and ginger and garlic tea to get that sickness right out of me. Hot baths were another requirement. She IS the best!!!

But I digress.

Ginger can be flavorful or spicy and hot when used in quantity. Pick shiny skinned rhizomes – that is what they are – a root. When you break a piece off, you want it to be as white as possible throughout, no brown or green matter.

Ginger works with vegetables, meats, poultry or fish. It is so versatile and if you can’t use garlic, ginger packs a wallop. It also makes a lovely tea by itself with honey. When you want to use it with vegetables, try sautéing it very slowly at a low heat at first, to make it creamy and sweet, like sweating onions.

Check out my turkey burger recipe with ginger on lovethesecretingreient.net


See more of Mary Pisarkiewicz, check out her message to South Africa for International Women’s Day 2012, click here.

About The Author

My name is Mary Frances. I am a designer, creative director, painter, wife, mother and cook. I own an internationally recognized, award-winning brand development and marketing communications firm in New York City, and am a graduate of Parsons School of Design. I especially love to cook and serve great food to make people content and happy. Hearing mmmm’s makes my heart soar. I grew up in suburban St. Louis, in Webster Groves, the youngest of six and the only girl. (Yes, that’s FIVE older brothers!) My mom was a great home cook, and she made sure that I could make a mean pie from scratch. After Parsons, I married, had two boys and moved from NYC to the NJ suburbs where I threw myself into cooking and entertaining. Now it’s time for me to share the great recipes, tips, stories and LOVE with you. The inspiration for LOVE – the secret ingredient www.lovethesecretingredient.net came from our youngest son when he wrote in a gift cookbook that the one ingredient that was ever-present in my meals was love. When you cook with LOVE, everything just tastes better.

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