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What to Do with the Season’s First Asparagus

by in In Season, Recipes, March 25th, 2017

Roasted AsparagusSomething new has happened in our house this year. We’ve become a two-bundle family — in terms of asparagus, this is. One dainty parcel of asparagus, wrapped in a single rubber band, won’t cut it anymore. That’s because every time I cook a pound of asparagus, my husband and our four small rascals hoover that stuff up so fast I hardly have time to snag a spear myself.! So we’ve graduated. And it’s for the best. Now if I could just decide on which of these dishes to start with.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Asparagus (pictured above)
If you’ve never cooked asparagus before, and certainly if this is your children’s first taste of it, you must start with this classic recipe. Only the Barefoot Contessa could use so few ingredients to generate a fan-favorite dish with more than 300 user reviews.

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Your Guide to Utilizing Spring Produce

by in In Season, Recipes, March 21st, 2017

Pasta PrimaveraBeautiful cherry blossoms are not the only thing coming into full bloom this spring — plenty of vegetables are entering their prime season as well. And while snacking on vegetables in their au naturale state is always delicious, these recipes take them to a whole new level. So the next time you are in the produce section at the grocery store, grab some rhubarb, asparagus, carrots or peas, and try one of these 11 spring recipes.

Pasta Primavera (pictured above)
Primavera means “spring” in Italian, and there’s no shortage of seasonal flavors going on here, thanks to the addition of snap peas, carrots and bell pepper.

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8 Gorgeous Salads to Get You Through the Last Month of Winter

by in In Season, Recipes, February 23rd, 2017

We’re in the final stretch of cold, grey winter…but we’re still a long way off from the season of juicy tomatoes and basil plucked from our backyards. Get yourself through the final stretch with these 8 beautiful salads showcasing vibrant winter veggies like ruby-hued beets, spicy pastel radishes, sweet-tart apples and jewel-like pomegranate seeds.

Earthy red beets, fresh mint, crunchy pistachios and a Greek yogurt based dressing combine to make our Beets With Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette and Mint (pictured above).

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7 Ways to Get Your Morning Pumpkin Fix

by in In Season, Recipes, November 13th, 2016

The perennial fandom over a certain coffee chain’s pumpkin spice latte proves that pumpkin, as an ingredient, should not be reserved for pie. Instead of relegating the sweet squash to dessert only, incorporate pumpkin into breakfast for a sweet, warming start to the day. And if you’re still craving that PSL and want to save a few bucks, we’ve got a recipe to make one at home. Read more

Give Your Workout a Seasonal Jolt with These PSL Sneakers

by in In Season, News, October 27th, 2016

Give Your Workout a Seasonal Jolt with These PSL SneakersWhy drink a pumpkin spice latte when you can wear one on your feet? OK, you don’t really need to answer that. (“Well, for one thing, PSL is a beverage. …”) The point is that someone — the athletic-shoe maker Saucony’s apparently caffeinated design team, to be specific — has made sneakers inspired by Starbucks’ signature autumnal coffee drink, and they look good enough to sip. (Maybe the designers’ culinary creativity was sparked by this similarly appetite-stirring Nike sneaker.)

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9 Times Apples and Cinnamon Made the Best Flavor Combination Ever

by in In Season, Recipes, October 21st, 2016

Apple DumplingsI’m a chocolate person — usually. When it comes to baked goods, I usually don’t see the point in indulging unless there’s chocolate involved … except when it comes to apples in the fall. Is there anything more satisfying than a tart-but-sweet dish whose description includes the phrase “apple-cinnamon”? If you’re a fan of this combo like I am, do yourself a favor and make one of these recipes this week — and another after that. As for me, I’ll be working my way through this list to the end. #Commitment

Apple Dumplings (pictured above)
What if you could hold an apple pie in your hand? That’s what Trisha Yearwood is offering in these delicious treats.

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Better Brussels Sprouts, Courtesy of The Vegetable Butcher

by in Books, In Season, October 18th, 2016

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds, Walnuts, and ManchegoThe chill is starting to tease its way into the air again, and pumpkin spice everything is everywhere, so we’re calling it: It’s officially time to start talking about autumn produce. There are few ingredients we love more than the tiny (but still so mighty) Brussels sprout.

When looking for new ways to enjoy these small cabbages, we turned to Cara Mangini’s new book, The Vegetable Butcher. While there have been volumes written about how to properly prepare and handle meat, the details that go into the proper preparation of vegetables have been under-represented in print … until now. We love this book because it’s incredibly well-researched and articulate but easy to follow, thanks to great writing and step-by-step photos. It’s chock-full of amazing recipes and contains more information than you ever knew you could learn about vegetables. Cara Mangini sat down with us and gave us the low-down on the secret to unlocking the perfect Brussels sprout dish. Hear from her below, then read on to learn how to make the beauties pictured above.

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The Best Apples for Cooking and Snacking

by in In Season, Recipes, October 13th, 2016

Apple season is officially here. And whether you make a trip to the orchards to pick your own, peruse the pretty piles of fruit at your local farmers market or simply head to your usual grocery store, today’s apple options seem endless. While that variety is welcome, it can also be overwhelming. When it comes time to bake a pie, hand-churn applesauce that would make Grandma proud or simply grab a fresh, juicy fruit to snack on, you can never quite remember which variety is best for that occasion. Here, we share our list of favorite varieties for baking, saucing, snacking and freezing, along with our most-quintessential apple recipes.

Fresh/Snacking
Gala
Honeycrisp
Cameo
Jonathan
Empire
Fuji
Cortland
Macoun

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Canned Pumpkin: Not Just for Thanksgiving

by in In Season, Recipes, October 7th, 2016

Canned pumpkin puree is a workhorse of the Thanksgiving feast, but we like to stock up on it as soon as it really feels like fall (read: right now). Check out some non-pumpkin-pie applications for this extremely versatile shortcut ingredient that makes any meal, snack or dessert scream autumn.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Loaded with fiber from the oats and canned pumpkin, this spiced oatmeal makes a comforting breakfast. Make a large batch and thin it out with a little milk or water for a speedy morning meal. Read more

The Only Apple Cider Doughnut Recipe You’ll Ever Need

by in In Season, Recipes, October 5th, 2016

It’s that time of year when apple orchards are as plentiful with fruit as we are with excitement for the onrush of seasonal desserts. As usual, our eyes are on apple cider doughnuts, a fall staple at countless farm stands across the country. Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and finished with a signature coating of cinnamon and sugar, they’re hard to beat after a long day hauling around your handpicked apples.

Not all of us are lucky enough to live near an orchard, but that doesn’t mean we’re willing to forgo a taste of this sweet, in-season commodity. Thankfully, the chefs in Food Network Kitchen have created a simple method for making apple cider doughnuts from scratch. Don’t be daunted by the recipe’s length — it’s a multistep process, but anyone can master it. All you need are two fresh apples (preferably an acidic variety, like Cortland or McIntosh, for doughnuts that are a little bit tart and not excessively sweet), apple cider from the grocery store, vegetable oil for frying, cinnamon and sugar for dusting, and a few kitchen staples – like flour, eggs and buttermilk – for creating the dough.

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