more about: vegetables

Keeping it Simple

I went over to see a friend’s new apartment last night. She told me we would have a simple dinner and finish a bottle of good wine she had. She put out some Manchego and cornichons when I arrived and we toasted each other with a perfectly crisp end of summer white wine. She sauteed some kale and fried a […]

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How to Peel Squash

Now that this cool weather staple is starting to show up in farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and CSA boxes across the country, it’s time you knew how to prepare it, too. If you cook squash with the skin on, then simply cut it open, and scrape out the insides. But if you want to peel it before you cook it, […]

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How I Eat My Vegetables

We’re all trying to eat more vegetables. Even a vegetable-lover like me. I can say confidently that I never met a vegetable I didn’t like (go ahead, try me). I like them cooked, and I like them raw. I like them dressed and I like them dipped. I like them here, I like them there, I like them just about […]

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Dealing with Picky Eaters

I am the mother of two picky, picky eaters. Over the years I have tried everything within reason to get my boys to try new foods. While I’m not one of those moms who forces her kids to eat what’s on the plate, I do encourage them to try a “bird bite” of everything. I don’t bribe them with dessert […]

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A Healthy and Very Delicous Summer Salad

I tend to prefer fall vegetables—cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash—to the summer bounty. But this amazing salad that I made (with my friend Heather) last weekend may change my mind. The majority of the ingredients (greens, zucchini, garlic scapes, beets) came from the Great Barrington, MA farmers market. The amazingly fresh goat cheese was from Rawson Brook Farm in Monterey, […]

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An Easy Headache Remedy

Cucumbers aren’t just for your Greek salad or the spa, they can actually help you feel better the next time you have a headache. A cool cucumber compress (say that three times fast!) helps reduce blood flow to wherever it’s placed, which can ease the throbbing of a headache. Even better, those slices are perfectly sized to fit over your […]

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Make Your Own Salad Dressings

Next time you make a salad, take an extra few minutes and whip up a homemade salad dressing as well. Not only will you be using better, fresher ingredients, you can also customize it to your tastes. Here are Real Simple’s favorite homemade salad dressing recipes: Basic Vinaigrette (shown above) Italian Vinaigrette Lemon and Shallot Vinaigrette Balsamic-Dijon Vinaigrette Basil-Lemon Dressing […]

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Cooking With Your CSA Share

The calendar may not yet agree, and my boys are still in school for an additional few days, but in my view summer has officially begun. That’s because Farmer Andy has started driving his pickup and trailer to the back of our church on Fridays to unload our CSA (community supported agriculture) shares. I’ve written about my love for my […]

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Choose Your First Featured Ingredient

It’s time to pick the ingredient you’ll be focusing on this week for your 3-ingredient recipes. We’ve chosen four items that are in season now, and you’ll have until tomorrow at 8:59 a.m. EST to vote for the one you want to cook with. We’ll announce the results and give you some inspiration tomorrow!



Click through to vote for your favorite.



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My Favorite Asparagus Recipe

Last time I posted about favorite spring foods and my personal favorite, asparagus. I mentioned one of my favorite recipes, which includes asparagus, chickpeas, maple syrup, and salmon. Since there were some requests for the recipe, here it is—it’s from this humble little cookbook I got years ago and still cook from quite often, called Simply Shrimp, Salmon, and (Fish) Steaks by Leslie Glover Pendleton. The recipes are really easy and straightforward but give you great ideas for delicious new ways to serve seafood.

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