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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, 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, 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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Market Watch: Seasonal Tomatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, July 29, 2009

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We’re celebrating the juicy tomato this week (can you tell?). In honor of this yummy summer treat, I went to my farmers’ market and bought every kind of tomato I could find and then set out to make some simple, classic dishes. Here’s how I made out.

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In Season: Tomatoes

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, July 27, 2009

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When I go tomato shopping at the supermarket, I rack my brain trying to figure out which tomato to buy based on per-pound cost (out of season they get very pricey). Luckily, these red gems are in season right now and available at your farmers’ market. Here’s the low-down on varieties you may find and some creative ideas for using them.

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Market Watch: Red Currants

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, July 22, 2009

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Toby came with me on my market trip this week and helped me pick out these gorgeous berries. Only problem was, I had no idea what to do with them. Here’s what I came up with.

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Market Watch: Garlic Scapes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2009

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Chances are you won’t find garlic scapes anywhere but your farmers’ market or CSA box. They’re often passed over because people may not be sure what they are. Take advantage of this local food delicacy, but act fast, the curly green shoots are only available for a short time.

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