Seasonal Snippet: Grapefruit & Why You Should Eat Them Right Now

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

Mounds of tart, tangy, juicy grapefruits have made their way north and are brightening up our dishes from breakfast through dessert. Here’s the rundown of why you should be loading up on these citrus delights and how to get your hands on the best pucker-y ones, just in time for National Grapefruit Month. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Jicama Lends Tropical Crunch to Winter Dishes

Photo: Hannah Kaminsky

Photo: Hannah Kaminsky

By Katy Morris

Jicama (pronounced “hee-ka-mah”) has made its way up north to uplift our winter dishes with its welcoming crispness – a perfect textural contrast to all the root veggies we’ve been roasting lately.

And with Chanukah calories having settled into certain, ahem, body parts, it’s the perfect time to switch gears and think about raw, low-cal, seasonal salads. Continue reading

Why we Love those Lumpy Sunchokes

 

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Katy Morris

Jerusalem artichokes are surprisingly misleading in more ways than one.

For starters, they’re not from Jerusalem and they’re not artichokes. And despite their knobby, uninviting look, this root vegetable magically transforms into a comforting, scrumptious and nutritious side dish.

Looking for an accompaniment to your Thanksgiving and meatless Monday meals? Try sunchokesContinue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Apples in Autumn

 

Photo: Emily Hamilton Laux

Photo: Emily Hamilton Laux

Katy Morris

Apples are always the apple of our eye but never more so than in autumn. They’re healthy and delectably ubiquitous in an array of dishes ranging from crisp salads, hot ciders and smooth sauces to savory desserts.

Here’s why we love ‘em and what you need to know to take advantage of this abundant autumn bounty. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Winter Squash in Autumn

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by Katy Morris

All photos: Emily H. Laux. Find more of Emily’s photos on Instagram @emilyhlaux

As the piles of vibrant summer produce phase out at your local farmers’ market, in roll the heaps of tough looking gourds. And as sweater weather arrives, we’re turning to comforting casseroles, soups, stews and curries starring winter squash of all kinds, waiting to be paired with warming spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

Don’t be intimidated by their rough looking appearances! Prepped, seasoned and paired with the right ingredients, you’ll easily be able to create an array of hearty, sweet crowd-pleasers for Sukkot and beyond.

Watch for Marissa Latshaw’s creamy dairy-free Butternut Squash and Apple Soup later this week.

Here’s the dish on Squash and why we love them so: Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Eggplant & Moroccan Eggplant Salad

 

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

Are you still swooning over summer’s abundance of fresh bounty at your farmers’ market?

One of our favorites just made its seasonal debut, and luckily, this versatile fruit will keep us busy in the kitchen right into autumn. When it comes to August aubergines, we’re all in. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: About that Bowl of Cherries

 

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

When life gives us a bowl of them, we couldn’t be cheerier.

They’re called CHERRIES because they originally hail from the ancient Turkish town of Cerasus. They’ll jazz up savory kugel, add perfect pink juiciness to granola parfaits, and on hot summer days, are best eaten straight out of hand.

Here’s everything you need to know – from tip of the stem to center of the pit – about one of our favorite stone fruits: cherries. Continue reading

It’s Strawberry Season but Don’t Blink!

 

Photo: Emily Hamilton Laux

Photo: Emily Hamilton Laux

Katy Morris

Forgive the sense of urgency but we suggest you snatch up some succulent strawberries as quickly as possible. The best ones aren’t playing hard to get, they really are!

Here in CT, strawberry season happens so quickly that if you don’t get out to the fields over a two-three week period (and it could be shorter) you’ll miss your opportunity to pick your own. (see link below to find farms with strawberry fields throughout the U. S.).

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Seasonal Snippet & Minty Salmon Cuke Rolls

Photo: Leaf and Ardor

Photo: Leaf and Ardor

Katy Morris

We’re kicking off our warm weather Seasonal Snippets column with lots of minty inspiration and a gluten-free, low fat recipe for Mint Salmon Cucumber Rolls.  With mint‘s uplifting and invigorating scent and all-around culinary versatility, it is a seasonal shoe-in!

While in ancient times, mint leaves were scattered on the floors of synagogues and home foyers as a symbol of hospitality, these days we prefer them on our plates and in our glasses to perk up everything from morning tea to savory dinners and cooling desserts. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Collards & Nutty Pate Wrap

The Stand- Curried almond pate with Gilbertie's pea shoots and red peppers

Contributed by Katy Morris; Photos- Liz Rueven

Collard greens are a staple in southern cuisine, but vegetarians and kosher keepers have generally steered clear of them since they have traditionally been paired with ingredients we don’t eat. Luckily, these nutritious greens have made their way nationwide and into lots of creative vegan and vegetarian dishes (see our vegan and gluten-free Curry Collard Wrap, below).  Bursting with flavor and impressively versatile,  we love collard greens! Continue reading