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Market Watch: 10 Ways to Love Celery

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 27, 2010

celery

Fresh picked celery from the farmers’ market takes the flavor to a whole new level. The secret to true celery bliss is munching on both the stalks and leaves.

It’s a myth that you burn more calories chewing celery than you take in from eating it. But this low-cal veggie is packed with vitamins C and K, potassium and fiber. Think it’s boring? Here are 10 exciting ways to dig in.

Celery 10 ways »

Market Watch: Homegrown Tomatillos (and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa)

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 21, 2010
Dana's Homegrown Tomatillos

Bright, tangy and deliciously fresh — nothing tastes quite like a tomatillo. They’ve become a staple in my home garden and this year the harvest was bountiful!

Learn more about tomatillos, plus Dana’s roasted salsa recipe »

Market Watch: Asian Pears

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 16, 2010

asian pears

Also known as “apple pears” these crunchy, yet juicy fruits are a seasonal treat to savor! Gobble ‘em up while you can.

There are more than 5,000 kinds of pears, including 100 of the Asian variety. They’re round and crisp like apples (hence the name) but have an unmistakable pear flavor. Even when ripe, they’re crunchy, so they’ll hold up in a fruit salad. Other delicious pear ideas:

  • Roast or sauté with a sprinkle of cinnamon for an oatmeal topper
  • Make a batch of apple and pear muffins and store in the freezer for a grab-n-go breakfast.

TELL US: What’s fresh at your farmers’ market this week?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

Market Watch: Sweet Corn

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 10, 2010

fresh corn tomato salad

The Summer Fest corn celebration and all the great recipes from food and garden bloggers got my mouth watering for more of this warm-weather veggie. I’m still seeing piles and piles of it at my local market — here’s how to use it.

More ideas for market-fresh corn »

Market Watch: Mars and Jupiter Grapes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 2, 2010

grapes

Get an astronomy lesson and an after-school snack wrapped into one with these incredibly gorgeous grapes. Mars and Jupiter grapes are hitting the market now — find out why they’re out of this world.

Learn more, plus 2 grape snack recipes »

Market Watch: Seasonal Tomato Jam

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, Tomatoes, August 18, 2010
Dana's Tomat Jam
Dana's Tomato Jam

When I have a surplus of tomatoes from my CSA, garden and trips to the farmers’ market, it’s time to make a batch of finger-licking tomato jam.It’s spicy, it’s sweet and  it’s pretty irresistible. Spread it on sandwiches, whisk into salad dressing, or serve with crackers and some sharp cheddar cheese.

Get Dana’s Tomato Jam recipe »

Taste Test: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, Tomatoes, August 17, 2010
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes At The Farmers' Market

Juicy tomatoes are at their peak, and that means farmers’ markets are exploding with heirloom varieties.  Heirloom tomatoes are special, because cultivators have saved the seeds and passed them down through the generations. They come in a range of sizes, colors and of course, flavors.  We tested several varieties for taste and texture. Plus, a quick recipe for heirloom tomato sauce.

Photo gallery: Heirloom tomato taste test »

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Market Watch: Casaba Melon

by in Farmers' Market Finds, August 12, 2010

melon sorbet

This dazzling lemon-yellow melon is new to my kitchen. After a taste, I am a loyal fan.

A relative of cantaloupe, casaba tastes similar, but not quite as sweet. One cup has less than 50 calories, 2 grams of fiber and more than 60 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C. Add to a fresh salad, wrap with thin slices of salty prosciutto, or for our frozen treats week, make a cool and refreshing batch of melon sorbet.

Recipes to Try:

Melon Sorbet
Melon Wrapped in Prosciutto

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Market Watch: Sweet and Juicy Nectarines

by in Farmers' Market Finds, August 2, 2010

nectarine

Summer is all about peaches, but I actually prefer the tangy sweetness of nectarines. They have all the juicy, sugary flavor you love – minus the peach fuzz.

Read more, and get Dana’s Nectarine Salsa recipe »

Market Watch: Pepper Relish

by in Farmers' Market Finds, July 28, 2010
Homemade Red Pepper Relish
Homemade Red Pepper Relish

My market is overflowing with pickles, pickled beets, jams, and salsas – it’s the farmers’ way of getting more mileage out of their seasonal goodies. Try out a savory take on jam with a personal fave – tangy pepper relish.

Sweet and spicy relish is made from cooking down fresh and dried sweet peppers and chilies, onions, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Spread it on sandwiches or add a tablespoon to homemade vinaigrette or hummus. For a simple and delicious appetizer, pour relish over low fat cream cheese or goat cheese and serve with whole grain crackers or thin slices of crusty baguette.

Recipe to try:
Green Salad with Red Pepper Relish Dressing
Red Pepper Relish