Posts Tagged ‘ Flavor of the Month ’

[June] Strawberries

Jun 1st, 2015 | By
[June] Strawberries

I was once in California at the height of their strawberry season. Like so many things in California, the berries seemed larger than life. Even though purchased at a roadside store, they were unmistakably local—not picked in order to ripen on the way to their ultimate destination, no white core supporting their sexy scarlet exterior:
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[May] Kitchen Gardens

May 3rd, 2015 | By
[May] Kitchen Gardens

Ask experts in the field to describe the ideal kitchen garden, and you won’t get two answers alike. As with any gardening project, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the tastes, both aesthetic and culinary, of the individual. A few common threads emerge, however. The kitchen garden is often a combination of
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[April] Sign Up for CSAs

Apr 3rd, 2015 | By
[April] Sign Up for CSAs

Sign Up for CSAs “She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young It’s April, and the weather is certainly getting better. Sure, we have to contend with the infamous April showers, but they bring a lot more than May
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[February] Chocolate

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By
[February] Chocolate

No other food arouses such passion or possesses such mystique as chocolate. It is surrounded by romance and legend, and has been the luxurious indulgence of royalty, a form of currency, and a rumored aphrodisiac. There are connoisseurs who continue to search for the ultimate chocolate experience much as knights quested for the Holy Grail—
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[January] Butter

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
[January] Butter

All things decadent seem to have some sort of relationship with butter. So often, it is the beginning of a great meal, the start of a fragrant sauté, the key to a gorgeous pastry, or the essence of an infused flavor. In spite of all our New Year’s resolutions, we just couldn’t think of a
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[November] Chestnuts

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
[November] Chestnuts

I have vivid memories of walking down the street eating warm, slightly charred roasted chestnuts out of a paper bag on my first visit to Paris. In Manhattan, in the colder months, it is my most sought-after street food. After all, few other phrases evoke joy and merriment like the words, “Chestnuts roasting on an
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[October] Pumpkins & Winter Squash

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
[October] Pumpkins & Winter Squash

Pumpkins and squash are just about synonymous with our fall and winter seasons. From the earliest days of the American Colonies, (and prior to that in the Native American diet) they were an important part of the colder months’ menus. Although pumpkin was a popular ingredient in England prior to the 1800s, food historians speculate
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[September] Apples

Sep 8th, 2014 | By
[September] Apples

Crisp fall air, the scuff of leaves under foot, hillsides splashed with color—this is fall in New England. And nothing suits autumn better than the sweet tang of a fresh apple. Perfect for munching, great for baking, apples are one of the joys of the season. New England is one of the nation’s premier apple-growing
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[August] Summertime Blues

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
[August] Summertime Blues

When the fruit of the blueberry bush has passed from its springtime greenish hue, to a reddish blue, and finally to its characteristic deep indigo color, we know that we are finally in high summer in New England. Blueberries are native to North America, and European settlers found them growing in great abundance along with
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[July] Watermelons

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By
[July] Watermelons

After the recent heat wave that swept across New England, watermelons seem like a miracle food. Few other snacks back the same amount of flavor and hydration into every bite, making them the perfect thing to help you cool down on a hot summer’s day. Watermelons are 92% water, which explains the name and one
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