more about: vegetables

Cooking With Ramps (And What’s a Ramp, Anyway?)

California has Meyer lemons and avocados; Florida boasts navel oranges; Georgia is famous for Vidalia onions. But here in the Northeast, we can lay claim to that much-anticipated wild spring green, the ramp. What’s a ramp, you ask? Ramps are wild leeks and taste like a cross between an onion and garlic. They’re highly prized among foodies (though I hate […]

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Healthy Salad, Week Two

This salad was the bomb!! As my co-worker said while eating it, “I can feel the energy running through me”. I took one 5-ounce container of braising greens (essentially different types of kale torn up into bite size pieces) and tossed it with lemon juice, olive oil, Kosher salt, and pepper. I then let it sit on the counter, stirring […]

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Save Time When Cooking

When you’re making dinner tonight or tomorrow cut down on the time it takes you to both prepare your meal and clean up from it by adding one extra bowl to your counter. While chopping veggies put any scraps in a separate bowl instead of making frequent trips to the garbage can. Then once you’re done with the prep simply […]

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Recipe Ideas for Spinach

In my big grocery shop this weekend, I bought a big—no, giant—bag of spinach. A bunch of the recipes I plan to make this week contain spinach, so I needed a lot. Yesterday on my commute home, I started thinking (don’t ask me why) of all the things I could do with that giant bag of spinach. Here’s what I […]

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The Easiest Way to Cook Vegetables

When I visit the farmers’ market—usually once a week—my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, and I end up buying way more produce than I actually need. My solution? I cook a bunch of vegetables at once and store them in the fridge; that way, they’ll be ready to go when I need a quick snack or instant side […]

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Hearty Winter Soup

I love making big batches of soup in the winter and eating them for days and days. It’s always amazing how the flavor changes and morphs as the soup ages. Above is my latest creation—Merguez sausage, butternut squash, collard greens, and white beans. The sausage is from my favorite new butcher—The Meat Market in Great Barrington, MA. They have such […]

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What is Parsley Root?

I live in a very ethnically diverse neighborhood—Jackson Heights, Queens. Within 20 blocks we have at least five Indian grocery stores, three Asian markets, and many, many Latin bodegas. So on most trips to the market I come across ingredients—either packaged or fresh—that I didn’t know existed. Above is my latest “find”—parsley root. I needed to buy parsnips for a […]

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An Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Starring…Brussels Sprouts!

I’m a fan of many fall and winter vegetables. Butternut squash. Cauliflower. Parsnips. But the nearest and dearest to my heart is the lowly Brussels sprout. If you think you hate them, I strongly encourage you to give them another try. When overcooked, Brussels sprouts can turn into a mushy, stinky, skunky mess (in fact, I first had them this […]

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Dear Fall, Thanks for the Carrots. Love, Dawn

Dear Fall,Great job out there! The wind is picking up, the leaves are turning, and falling, and wooshing around in tiny tornadoes. The weather is just about perfect for tea and coffee-drinking, slow- roasting, and soup eating. You’ve done a great job with the fruits and veg this year, too. The farmers’ markets are blowing up! Have I told you […]

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Keep Your Knives Sharp

Knives can be one of the most intimidating things in the kitchen. From knowing which knives you need, to which knife is right for each cutting job, to how to sharpen your knives, there’s a lot to learn. Luckily, this easy trick will help you keep your blade at its sharpest. When you’re scraping cut veggies off of your cutting […]

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