Seasonal Snippet: Sweet Potatoes & Why We Love Them

Sweet potatoes: NOT the prettiest girls at the market

Sweet potatoes: NOT the prettiest girls at the market

Contributed by Katy Morris

Whipped to creamy perfection and topped with toasted pecans? Roasted and sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon? Perhaps baked into a cupcake and generously frosted?

There are so many ways to enjoy sweet potatoes; it’s hard to choose just one. And given we are in the throes of Thanksgiving menu planning right now, we’re serving up everything you need to know about this highly nutritious but slightly unattractive veggie in this month’s Seasonal SnippetContinue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Profusion of Pumpkins

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Glowing on nearly every doorstep, spicing up Starbucks lattes, popping up in patches all over – there’s a profusion of pumpkins everywhere we turn. Here’s what you need to  know about the famous winter squash, and one of our favorite edible gourds, the pumpkin. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: All About Pomegranates

 

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Pomegranates are kind of like the queens of fall.

Not only are they robed in ruby red, filled with jewel-like arils, beautified with a crown-like head and reputed to be high-maintenance to handle, they have been highly prized for centuries by royals, religious icons and spiritual leaders.  They often grace the Rosh HaShanah table Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Tomatoes Galore

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Contributed by Katy Morris

There’s nothing like perfectly vine ripened local tomatoes eaten with nothing but a dash of salt and a drizzle of your favorite olive oil.

Did you know that there are over 10,000 varieties that range in color from pink and white to black and purple? Continue reading

White Bean and Garlic Scapes Spread

White Bean Spread with Garlic scopes

I like to throw a couple of cloves of raw garlic into my homemade hummus but when I spotted these curly green beauties I figured garlic scapes might be even better. They are milder and more nuanced than garlic . And their bright grassy color and flavor tinges this twist white bean spread (aka hummus) just enough that your friends will wonder what’s going on. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Remarkable Rhubarb

 

Minty Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

Minty Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

Katy Morris

Fruit or Veggie? When considering rhubarb most of us think of it a fruit. After all, we generally enjoy rhubarb in sweet dishes like pies, tarts, and cobblers.  Low and behold, rhubarb is indeed a vegetable – right there with celery, fennel, and asparagus.

And it’s time to welcome it as one of the earliest vegetables of the spring season. Don’t let your lack of familiarity with these stalks prevent you from exploring its many uses! Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Asparagus

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Katy Morris

April showers bring May flowers and asparagus! While local farmers are gearing up for their spring harvest, we found one veg that is in peak season now…Green Asparagus.

Eaten raw, stir-fried, boiled, or steamed, as a side, in salads or soups, this versatile, tender veggie of the Lily Family has been highly prized for centuries. It is packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients, provides digestive support, and is delicious.

What’s not to love? Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Maple Syrup from Tap to Table

 

photo courtesy of Doc's Maple Syrup

photo courtesy of Doc’s Maple Syrup

By Katy Morris

Sweet, golden, pure natural maple syrup. Yum, what could be better? Here in New England, it is prime maple syrup season, and that means you get to dress your waffles, infuse your pound cake and glaze your potatoes with locally made, wholesome maple goodness during peak season here in the Northeast.   Continue reading