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Spring Ingredients

March 21, 2016

Asparagus Ravioli With Raw Shaved Purple Asparagus, Fava Flower, Tarragon, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese Here is some inspiration for the bounty of spring ingredients that is around right now. Purple Asparagus is a great ingredient but when it’s cooked it loses its beautiful color, so try shaving it raw into dishes. Fava Flowers are around and they …

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Ingredient Spotlight: Melon

September 20, 2015

Melons belong to the same botanical family — gourds, or, more formally, curcurbits — as Cucumbers, Zucchini, and Winter Hard/Squash/Pumpkin. Watermelons occupy their own genus within this family; most other melons are part of the muskmelon sub-family, as is the Armenian Cucumber. A summer crop that is primarily used as a fruit, most melons have a …

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Ingredient Spotlight: Basil

September 15, 2015

The unofficial herb of summer, basil grows as a tender, large-leaf herb with a pungent, floral flavor, often with a hint of cloves. Basil pairs well with other summer ingredients, especially tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and summer squashes. Basils are members of the Mint family, botanically speaking, but each variety brings its own unique flavor characteristics …

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Tip To Tail: Corn

August 23, 2015

Summertime means corn season, and plenty of fresh ears for all those warm-weather favorites. Most of the corn you find at the farmers market is sweet corn, commonly available in white, yellow, or bicolor varieties. Corn on the cob is great when grilled or sautéed, especially when served with a herbed Compound Butter or dusted …

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Tip To Tail: Sunflower

August 13, 2015

When you buy sunflowers at the farmers market, you probably do little more than pop them into a vase for table decoration. If we think about sunflowers as food, most of us don’t go far beyond sunflower seeds, the classic snack. But, perhaps surprisingly, sunflowers actually have 8 different edible parts that can be used …

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New Orleans Round Up

June 19, 2015

We made it back from New Orleans in one piece but a little heavier. We ate a lot of great food and explored some new ingredients from the city. You will not have a hard time finding fried food and heavy sauces on the menu, but you will have a hard time finding vegetables, and …

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New Orleans: The Ingredients

June 12, 2015

All of the great New Orleans dishes wouldn’t be what they are without the ingredients. New Orleans loves their food and they take pride in the ingredients they use. Here is a list of the ingredients that are both indigenous and important to New Orleans and cajun creole cooking:   Indigenous Ingredients Used In New …

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Berry Season Is Here, Now!

June 7, 2015

Berries are everywhere right now and a lot of the varieties have a very short season. If you are looking for alternatives  to some the commonly found berries, you might want to try hunting for some of the hard to find berries that are available from small farmers and at farmers markets. You can click …

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Tip To Tail: Ramps

May 17, 2015

Ramps are a great springtime ingredient and they are around right now. They have many uses and are best when cooked with other springtime ingredients such as Morel Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Fiddlehead Ferns, and English Peas. Also, you can add them to a Pasta Dish or Risotto or serve them as a vegetable side dish. …

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Tip To Tail: English Pea

May 8, 2015

In some places springtime is just starting and in other places it is almost over. One of the star ingredients of this season is the English Pea with many great dishes using this sweet-vegetal fresh legume. Shell the peas from the pod and use them raw in a salad or blanch them to use in …

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