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|2019-03-29Mar 29, 2019
Peas were grown in early times mostly for their dry seeds. Along with other beans as well as lentils, these formed an important part of the diet for most people in Europe during the Middle Ages. It wasn't until the 1600s that it became popular to eat peas "green" or immature and right after they are picked. France and England led the way in eating green peas. New varieties of peas were developed by the English during this time, this is where the "English peas" came from.
|2019-02-24Feb 24, 2019
Artichokes are quite amazing to me. When the plant fully flowers it looks like the largest thistle you ever saw, almost Jurassic in their appearance. They do hail from the thistle group which is an extension of the Sunflower family. Their name "artichoke" is derived from the Northern Italian words articiocco and articoclos. This latter term is supposed to come from the Ligurian word cocali, meaning pine cone.
|2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
If you haven't had a blood orange, you are really missing out. Every winter I am asked if the blood oranges are seen at the farmers' market yet. If you are an avid farmers' market shopper, then you might be one of those individuals eagerly awaiting their arrival. Oranges are one of the most special fruits. They give us a taste of summer sunshine during our darkest months. Blood oranges turn up that level of enjoyment to 11. You can juice it for an exciting reddish color and spectacular taste.
|2018-12-21Dec 21, 2018
I've found Cauliflower to be an under-appreciated vegetable. Recently, I have grown to love this wonderful cruciferous vegetable. It works great as a substitute for potatoes or other starches in my family meals. I like to make tater tots, "mac" and cheese (see recipe below) or pizza crust out of this amazingly hardy vegetable.
|2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018
By the mid-1800’s the cocoa butter was being mixed back with the cocoa powder to form moldable chocolate candy. Fudge, a true American invention, came by accident, from a bungled (“fudged”) batch of caramels. In the late 1880’s, a student at Vassar College got a recipe for fudge from a cousin in Baltimore.
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