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In Season: Green Beans

by in In Season, August 29, 2009

Green Beans
I love it when my 7-year old son asks for veggies. Green beans are one of the most popular requests. Maybe he only likes the crunchiness or bright color, but I’m content just knowing he wants some. For you other green bean lovers, here are some basics and fun ways to prepare this summer crop.

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Market Watch: Shell Beans

by in Farmers' Market Finds, August 26, 2009

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Also known as “cranberry” beans, these red and beige beauties are all over my market right now. They made an unusual but delicious addition to my summer succotash.

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In Season: Eggplant

by in In Season, August 25, 2009

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There aren’t many vegetables I don’t love, and it would be tough to narrow my favorites down to a top 10 list. If I had to, though, eggplants would definitely make the list. Friends often ask, “Are there ways to prepare them other than fried eggplant?” Yes, of course!

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Market Watch: Peppers (& A Cheesy Flatbread)

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, August 20, 2009

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Did you know that one bell pepper has more vitamin C than an orange? I picked up five pepper varieties from the farmers’ market this week and transformed them into a yummy flatbread. Pepper season is just starting — I can’t wait to see what else comes along.

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In Season: Cantaloupe

by in In Season, August 14, 2009

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Growing up, I had a pet cat who was obsessed with cantaloupe. I was never sure if cantaloupe was acceptable feline fare, but she lived to be 14, so I guess it didn’t hurt. One thing I do know is that the cool, juicy melon is definitely good humans! Scoop some up now while it’s in season.

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Market Watch: Red Plums

by in Farmers' Market Finds, August 12, 2009

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Stone fruit like peaches and plums are showing up at farmers’ markets and CSAs right now. This week, my CSA box came bearing these ruby red plums — petite and perfect for snacking.

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In Season: Corn

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, August 11, 2009

Charm City Corn
Each year, when corn season arrives, I take my kids to the local market to pick up some fresh ears. Together we remove all the husks (they always end up dropping an ear or two into the garbage pile but, hey, that’s part of the fun!). Then, we take them home and cook them up. I love watching my kids gobble down what they picked out. Our favorite is eating fresh corn straight off the cob, but there are tons of ways to enjoy these sweet summer kernels.

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Market Watch: Summer Squash

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, August 5, 2009

Summer Squash Carpaccio
I love summer squash sautéed or roasted, but what about raw? Check out these two squash recipes full of fresh flavor and, best of all, there’s no cooking required!

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In Season: Watermelon

by in In Season, No-Cook Choices, August 4, 2009

Watermelon Slices
My dad and I have tried growing our own before, but they only made it to about the size of a grapefruit and ended up as food for garden critters. Because watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits, I get my fix from ones grown by professionals now. Read up on the benefits of this melon and how to pick the perfect one.

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Experimenting With Tomatillos

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, July 30, 2009

Tomatillo Salsa
Aside from their outer husks, tomatillos look like small tomatoes. Even their names sound the same! Turns out they’re very distant relatives. Find out more about these fabulous fruits — and why I’m their biggest fan.

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