seasonal food

It's tough to eat locally without eating seasonally! From garlic scapes to winter squash, this series highlights seasonal foods and how to prepare them.

Greenmarket Interview: As Seasons Progress, Ask What Farmers Crave

I am personally thrilled about the appearance of anything leafy - greens that I can pick in my garden or greens that someone picked not far away. But how did the farmers feel about the new spring arrivals? All those people who actually work the land, sow the seeds and watch them grow, what were they excited about? One Friday in early June, I headed down to Union Square farmers' market to find answers to my questions.

Cookbook Review - Simply in Season

Simply in Season is a cookbook that takes on the problems of modern food production through seasonal eating. This handy, spiral bound guide is color coded by season and offers recipes made from foods typically offered by small local farmers during each season.

Talking Turkey

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks. It's the most celebrated (and most heavily traveled!) time of the year. Thanksgiving is a time to share, to give, and to be grateful for all that we have. It's also a time to eat. The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving dinners is a turkey, surrounded by home cooked, delicious vegetables, dressings, condiments and pies. In the spirit of the holiday, we've brought you a selection of our favorite recipes, as well as some information on the food that you'll be eating. We've also included links to other sites.

Where Can You Find Sustainable Food?

You've read about sustainable food and you're ready to make a change, but how do you find it? Here are some resources to help you shop sustainably.

In Transition: Washington State’s (Future) Organic Cranberries

Given the lack of respect with which most Americans treat cranberries, their environmental impact hardly seems worth it. But if we consider the hard work that goes into a product like Starvation Alley’s, maybe cranberries can recapture the wonder and respect a traditional dish deserves.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Two Years of Seasonal Food

Happy birthday to us! A look back at the past two years in Real Food, our ongoing series on seasonal food, featuring cooking tips, nutritional profiles, historic and cultural background, and important information - including the environmental impact - about how each is cultivated.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Snap Beans

In this week's Real Food installment, from the illustrious Kim O'Donnel, learn the difference between snap beans and shell beans, how incredibly nutritious they are, what to look for at the market and why it's important to buy this summer staple organic.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Watermelon

If there's one crop that epitomizes the sultry essence of summer, it's the watermelon. As apples and winter squash make their pre-autumn debut, Mother Nature stops the rush hour traffic and allows the last bit of sun-kissed, lycopene-rich hunks of burning love to pass Go and keep on keeping on.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Figs

From Adam and Eve's use of their leaves to cover up to the Newtons of your childhood, figs have a long cultural history. The sticky harbinger of late summer pairs well with a slice of prosciutto and a glass of wine â€" a grown up alternative to the cookies of youth.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Chard

Thanks in large part to a certain scrappy cartoon sailor, we are well familiar with the leafy green known as spinach and its magical nutritional powers. But chard, its cousin in the Goosefoot (or Chenopodiaceae) family? Not so much.

Real Food and How to Cook It Now: Maple Syrup

We may know that "pancake syrup" is the margarine of maple syrup: the cheap imitator, the industrial substitute. "Pure" syrup is as unadulterated a product as it gets, and is all-American, to boot. Its production is natural, but it requires many steps and much patience to produce, and it only happens once a year. Because maple syrup, you see, is not simply tree sap.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Sassafras and Filé

Sassafras is kind of a big deal. Without it the whole history of the US might have played out differently. Also, we wouldn't have root beer or filé gumbo. Depending on whom you ask, sassafras is either a folk remedy or a dangerous carcinogen. We'll leave you to decide: bad seed or beneficial buddy?

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Bok Choy

This week's Real Food is incredibly high in Vitamin A, takes well to vertical farming and one cup of it contains just 20 calories. Also known as pak choi or joy choy, bok choy is not just the delectably crunchy main ingredient in kimchi -- it's a nutrious early spring green that goes from refrigerator to stir-fry in ten minutes flat!

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