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Ingredient Of The Day: Elderflower

May 4, 2016

The Elderflower is an edible flower that can be used as is for a garnish or in a salad or sautéed or deep-fried. It has a earthy-anise-fruity-floral flavor and is found in the springtime before the Elderberry is ready.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Miner’s Lettuce

May 3, 2016

Miner’s Lettuce and Red Miner’s Lettuce are delicate greens that are available in the springtime. They have a earthy-grassy-vegetal flavor and a crisp-tender texture. Use as a garnish or in a salad.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Green Strawberry

May 2, 2016

The Green Strawberry, AKA Unripe Strawberry comes in season before the regular strawberries. It has a firm texture and an acidic-fruity-slightly sweet- tart flavor. The can be pickled and used in a chutney, relish, or salsa.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fava Green

May 1, 2016

Fava Green, AKA Broad Bean Green, Broad Bean Leaf, Fava Tendril, can be used as a braising green or salad green. The Fava Green has a grassy-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and a crisp-tender texture. Use as is, raw, or sauté as a vegetable side dish, in a salad, Pesto, Risotto, stir-fry, soup, or stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fiddlehead Fern

April 30, 2016

Fiddlehead Ferns, aka Bracken, Brake, Ostrich Fern, are a springtime delicacy and have a short season. Blanch then sauté and use as a vegetable side dish or garnish. They have a earthy-grassy-vegetal flavor and a crisp-firm texture.…

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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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