Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

What is winter squash?

Winter Squash

The term “squash” refers to all members of the gourd family – a family that includes a large number of different vegetables. Squash are generally broken down into two types: summer squash and winter squash. Summer squash include zucchini and pattypan squash, squashes where the entire thing (except for the stem) is edible. Winter squashes have hard, inedible rinds and are much heartier, so they’ll ... Read More »

Fresh Fruit vs Frozen Fruit in baking recipes

Fresh and frozen fruit

Many baking recipes call for frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit in recipes from muffins to pies. This is because frozen fruit is readily available regardless of season, it is consistent and easy to use. With an increased focus on seasonality, however, many bakers prefer to use fresh, in-season fruits over frozen, both to make good use of the ingredients they can find at their ... Read More »

What are heirloom tomatoes?

Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are non-hybrid tomatoes that come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Heirloom tomatoes are no longer something that you only find at farmers’ markets – although you will definitely be able to find top quality heirlooms at your local markets during the summer – because they’ve been gaining popularity over the past several years and demand for them has increased ... Read More »

What are Rainier Cherries?

Ranier Cherries

Rainier cherries are a unique type of cherry from Washington state that have a distinctive yellow skin with a pink or red blush to it. They’re a hybrid between two other types of cherries – Bing and Van cherries – and have been around since the 1960s. These cherries are a favorite with many cherry lovers because they are super-sweet, much sweeter than other cherry ... Read More »

What are Donut Peaches?

Donut Peaches

There are thousands of varieties of peaches out there, and the most common are yellow-fleshed, slightly fuzzy fruits that are round and resemble other stone fruits, like nectarines. There is a huge variety of size, shape and flavor that peaches can have, however, and it is becoming more and more common to see multiple peach varieties at grocery stores that might previously have only been ... Read More »

Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

On a hot summer day, few things are more refreshing than a slice of fresh watermelon. The only thing more refreshing than the melon itself is a generous serving of Watermelon Granita. Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made by freezing a mixture of water, sugar and flavoring (usually fruit puree or fruit juice) and stirring as it freezes to created a crystalline, slightly chunky mixture. ... Read More »

What is coconut oil?

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a type of vegetable oil made from pressing the natural oil out of coconut meat. It can be used for a wide variety of culinary uses, including cooking and baking. It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to it but when used in conjunction with other ingredients, you are unlikely to taste it. It is not an ideal frying oil because ... Read More »

Fresh Strawberry Mini Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Mini Cupcakes

When strawberries are in season and my local farmers markets are overflowing with them, I can’t resist taking home basket after basket. The problem with this is that I can end up with almost more berries than I know what to do with! Fortunately, I haven’t quite run out of ways to use strawberries yet, and these Fresh Strawberry Mini Cupcakes are my current favorite ... Read More »

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