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Fall Fest: Chefs’ Best Brussels Sprouts

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro. Brussels sprouts seem to strike fear […]

Fall Fest: Cauliflower and Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro. I can’t think of cauliflower without […]

Fall Fest: Caramel Apples for Halloween

Happy Halloween! You might be full of mini candy bars already. But since these are mainly made of crispy fruit, there’s always room for candy-coated apples. The decadent apples (pictured above) from Zoe Francois are dipped in easy-to-make caramel that’s rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. For a bit of contrast to the caramel, […]

How to Make Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

With fresh spinach on the menu for fall fest this week I knew Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos’ five-star Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi was the perfect recipe to showcase the fresh greens. All of the 26 reviewers raved about the ease of the recipe and delicious final dish. I did take the suggestion of a […]

Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Coriander

I’m normally not a huge fan of carrots. Memories of carrot sticks, huge chunks of  bland sauteed carrots and too sweet flavors have clouded my carrot opinion. But I was inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s Honey Roasted Carrots which seemed like a happy combination of savory spices along with sweet honey.

Fall Fest: 4 Ways to Cook Turnips

Turnips are a root vegetable and also part of the cabbage family. They are a good source of vitamin C. Smaller turnips, which are younger, will have a bit more sweetness. Often overlooked, they can be sauteed, steamed, roasted or even braised to bring out their full flavor. 1. Turnip Lettuce Wraps Bal Arneson peels […]

Fall Fest: Easy Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Keep your carving pumpkins for Halloween while you turn sugar pumpkins, a petite and sweet variety, into a creamy pasta sauce. They’re easy to slice open and roast (save the seeds for snacking) and can be used to blend into sauces, sliced up and served with other roasted vegetables or turned into homemade pumpkin puree. […]

Summer Fest: 5 Ways to Prepare Sweet Potatoes

The last official day of summer is September 21 and fall begins the next day. Sweet potatoes are available most of the year, but the fall season is truly when they shine as that is when the fresh crop comes in. Select potatoes as blemish-free as possible, and store them in a cool, dark place […]

Summer Fest: Grape-Filled Desserts

The most common grapes you’ll find at the market right now are Concord grapes, which are great for juice, jelly or jam. But grapes also come in a variety of types, including seedless grapes, table grapes and wine grapes. Choose clusters of brightly colored and plump grapes, and store them in the refrigerator for about […]

Summer Fest: 4 Beet Salad Best Bets

Red or gold, beets are rich in folates, potassium and vitamins niacin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine. The red variety is higher in anthocyanins, which are believed to have strong antioxidant properties. Choose beets with tops attached and, if you’re cooking a bunch at one time, try to keep them similarly sized. They can be stored […]

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