Tag: vegetables

How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

A study finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested. Plants use circadian rhythms to help them judge when to turn on their chemical defenses.

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Mapping The Microbes That Flourish On Fruits And Veggies

Mapping The Microbes That Flourish On Fruits And Veggies

| March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Salad is not just a food; it’s home to a flourishing community of mostly benign microbes. A new inventory finds surprising differences in the bacteria growing on popular fruits and vegetables.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovies

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovies

| March 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

Cauliflower makes a simple and satisfying side dish, roasted with sweet garlic, briny anchovies, and gilded with fruity olive oil.

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Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

| December 31, 2010 | 1 Comment

As important as growing and selecting produce is to a healthy diet and life, it’s pretty stunning how few of us really know how to pick the best fruits and vegetables when shopping. Sure, we might have heard about certain items we’re supposed to thump or squeeze, and we know to look out for obvious cosmetic flaws, but too much more beyond that is a big mystery for many.

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Let’s Make a Deal… Eat Your Vegetables

Let’s Make a Deal… Eat Your Vegetables

| November 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

I know plenty of parents who simply don’t serve the vegetables their kids dislike, while others hide the vegetables in the food. I have to say that I think these ideas are a mistake.

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Spirit Vegetables: What would yours be?

Spirit Vegetables: What would yours be?

| December 15, 2009 | 0 Comments

What about vegetables? Might we possess vegetable spirits as well as those of animals? Biologically we certainly have much less in common with them. The edible buds, bulbs, seeds, stems, roots, and leaves of plants, vegetables are inanimate and mute. They don’t procreate or eat like us, show emotion, or play. Identifying with them in such a personal sense requires a significant suspension of disbelief.

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Taking Time in the Kitchen: Down to the Brown

Taking Time in the Kitchen: Down to the Brown

| September 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Two simple techniques increasingly omitted from recipes now are salting eggplant and browning butter. Neither are absolutely necessary. Both, however, are worth doing every once in a while to remind yourself just what amazing flavors you can create in the kitchen.

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Summer Salad Project

Summer Salad Project

Could you cook a whole locally-sourced dinner without really trying? The Summer Salad Project takes locavore eating down to a few pots in a Bernal backyard, augmented with some local farm love. The result? Some mighty good eating. Pass the mayonnaise!

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Weird Vegetables

Weird Vegetables

| June 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

The joint endeavor of Mission District housemates Kale Daikon and Eggplant Kohlrabi (a.k.a. Katrina Dodson and Erin Klenow), Weird Vegetables sprouts a cut above most local food blogs.

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Zucchini (Or Any Other Kind Of Veggie) Tart

Zucchini (Or Any Other Kind Of Veggie) Tart

| August 7, 2008 | 3 Comments

This post’s recipe is for a zucchini tart, because I can’t seem to stop loading up on them each week at the market. But to make this an any-kind-of-vegetable tart, replace the zucchini with about 1/2 cup sautéed leeks; blanched asparagus, green beans or chopped broccoli or cauliflower; freshly cooked chopped spinach or other greens; fresh, chopped tomatoes; fresh corn kernels; or a mixture of any of these. You can also add a sprinkle of fresh herbs, like basil, marjoram, oregano, chives, or swap out the cheeses for your favorite.

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Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

| August 19, 2007 | 6 Comments

The pot of chives was waiting for me in Moraga. Little did I know there was an entire afternoon of wonder in store for me when I went to pick it up. With just his hands, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, 79-year old Ze’ev Vered has shaped seven terraces of gardens and orchards. Trees bearing […]

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Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

| August 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

I like to think that I am pretty adventurous in the kitchen. But the truth is, there are plenty of fruits and especially vegetables I don’t have a clue about. So who might introduce me to these exotic treats? Melissa’s Great Book of Produce. Melissa’s is the largest distributor of speciality produce in the US. […]

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Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference

Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference

| May 7, 2007 | 1 Comment

Shuna Lydon & Sherry Yard, both on team #1. A number of months ago I received an email from an old pastry chef of mine, Stephen Durfee, who is now an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone campus in Napa Valley. He was letting me know I would soon receive an invitation to […]

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Asparagus on a Bun

| April 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

My parents travel light, so when they told me they were waiting at the baggage carousel, I knew some food had made its way from Missouri to California. I’ve been treated before to freshly dug potatoes, bags of dewy herbs, a catfish with its whiskers still intact, gooseberry jam, homemade beef jerky, and a selection […]

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