TIP OF THE DAY: Black Radish

As part of our Winter Vegetable Doldrums Series, today’s focus is the black radish*, Raphanus sativus niger. It’s a member of the anti-carcinogenic Brassica family of cruciferous† vegetables. Available year round, black radishes peak in winter and early spring. Significantly larger than traditional radishes, it average threes to four inches in diameter or length, and…
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FOOD FUN: Carrots & Peas

Here’s some food fun that was created at the 2014 Roots Conference held by the Culinary Vegetable Institute. In Project Carrot, gifted chefs took a look at the under-utilized yet extremely versatile carrot, creating everything from cocktails to Carrot Rigatoni with Carrot Bolognese. While this photo looks like pasta, it is trompe l’oeil: What looks…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Banana Bread

Banana bread with chocolate chips and nuts. We highly recommend the optional chocolate glaze in the recipe (not shown). Photo by Lulu Durand | IST.   February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day. You’d think we could get a decent piece of banana bread in this town, but it’s surprisingly tough. Most of what we…
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RECIPE: Cherry Cheesecake With Chocolate Glaze

Cherry cheesecake with chocolate accents. Photo and recipe courtesy Betty Crocker.   Next in our choice of cherry recipes for Washington’s Birthday (February 22nd) is a cherry cheesecake with a twist: a chocolate crust and chocolate glaze. Prep time for this Betty Crocker recipe is just 35 minutes, plus another 5 hours and 50 minutes…
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