Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Produce tends to be less expensive, more flavorful and more nutrient-dense when it is in season. Off season, fruits and veggies are picked at less-than-optimal ripeness levels in an effort to extend their shelf life – often because they are picked far away from where they will be sold and have a long journey to get there. It is easy to tell when fruits and ... Read More »

What are freestone peaches?

Freestone Peaches, pitted

You will often see peaches labeled as “freestone” or “clingstone” when shopping for fruit. These terms refer to different types of peaches, not specifically to different strains of the fruit. Many varieties of peaches exist, just like apples and other fruits, but most varieties of peaches are similar in terms of looks and flavor and you’ll rarely see a specific name (other than white or ... Read More »

How to pit cherries without a cherry pitter

Pitted Cherries

When you are working with fresh cherries, it is necessary to remove their pits before you can safely put them into a recipe. There are traditionalists who say that you get more flavor when you cook the cherries with the pits still inside (“traditional” cherry clafouti are notorious for this), but anyone who has unexpectedly chomped down on a cherry pit in a pie or ... Read More »

Sweet Cherries vs Tart Cherries in Baking

Sweet Cherries

There are two main types of cherries out there: sweet cherries and tart cherries. Sweet cherries, or dark cherries, have a much sweeter flavor and are the type of cherries that you’ll see sold in bulk for eating out of hand. Bing, rainier and sweetheart are just of the more common varieties of sweet cherries out there. Tart cherries have a sharp, tart flavor and ... Read More »

How to Roast Strawberries

Sliced Strawberries

In most desserts, strawberries are used fresh. They’re not known for being a great baking berry, since they tend to lose their texture more than raspberries and blueberries do when they spend some time in the oven. But there are some benefits to letting your strawberries spend some time in the oven, which is why there are some delicious desserts that feature baked strawberries even ... Read More »

How to make Coconut Cream Whipped Cream

Coconut Cream Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch for many desserts. Light and creamy, it can provide a good contrast for intensely flavored desserts, such as rich chocolate cakes, and it can also bring all the elements of a summery shortcake together. All you need is heavy cream and a mixer – or a strong arm, if you want to burn a few calories before you ... Read More »

Do I need fresh citrus for baking?

Orange segments

I like to use a lot of citrus in my recipes, and that includes lemons, oranges and limes, in addition to more unusual citrus like yuzu and blood oranges. Citrus is a featured flavor in many recipes, but often only a small amount of juice or zest is added to a recipe to accent other elements. A little bit of citrus can go a long ... Read More »

How to Grill Fruit

Grilled Peaches

When you are grilling on a warm summer night, one of the easiest dessert options is to throw some fruit on the grill. Grilling fruit intensifies its sweetness, just as roasting it in the oven can, as some of the water starts to cook out of the fruit and those natural sugars begin to caramelize. Grilling can add some additional flavor that an oven can’t, ... Read More »

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