Category Archives: Fruits and Veggies

Homemade Raisins

Raisins in progress

There are two things that you should definitely try during the summer, when temperatures are high and you don’t really feel like cooking: baking cookies in your car and making homemade raisins. The former requires an 100F-or hotter day to work well. The latter simply requires a very warm sunny day, fresh grapes and patience. Homemade raisins are easy to make and the finished product ... Read More »

How to peel fruit

peeling an apple

There are many types of fruit and sometimes it seems like there are almost as many ways to peel them. Bananas, oranges and grapefruits, for instance, are all very self-explanatory fruits that require little more than a tug at the skin to remove it. Other fruits pose more of a challenge. If you’re just going to eat a piece of fruit, the skin might not ... Read More »

Picking Your Own

fresh strawberries

While everyone has enough room to plant a little windowsill collection of herbs at home, not all of us are lucky enough to have space for a full garden, let alone an orchard or a farm. Growing and picking our own fruits and vegetables is not always a viable option. There are alternatives to packing up and moving out to where farm space is affordable. ... Read More »

In Season Summer Fruits

fresh watermelon

Temperatures are rising quickly now and spring has gone by much faster than it should have! But with the change in season, we get a change in the produce that is available to us and an opportunity to use a whole new batch of fruits and veggies in our kitchens. Naturally, fruits are generally more applicable to baking than veggies are. In spring, I mentioned ... Read More »

Pluots, apriums and Floyd Zaiger

Pluots and apriums

If you want to find the best fruits you can, your best bet is to find out what is in season and seek it out from a high-quality vendor at a good local farmer’s market, where the produce will be the freshest. If you want to find the perfect fruit, however, your best bet is to become a biologist who specializes in fruit genetics. Biologist ... Read More »

Mojito Fruit Salad

Fruit is a wonderful snack on its own, but when it comes to serving, it’s nice to be able to do something a little more interesting than just setting out a bowl of apples or grapes – especially when we’re coming up on Memorial Day and the summer barbecue/party season. A fruit salad is an easy way to dress up fruit as a side dish ... Read More »

A bit about watermelons, storage and serving

watermelon

Watermelons are a great summertime treat and are usually in season from June through September. The season can be a bit longer on either side of that spectrum depending on weather and growing conditions. I happened to have some excellent watermelon just this morning – the first of the year for me – and wanted to take a moment to share a couple of reminders ... Read More »

Cake-plus-vegetable taste testing

A good carrot cake is a hard thing to beat. Granted, there are some less-than-tasty ones out there (too oily/wet, too sweet, to dense), but when it hits the right combination of sweetness and moistness – combined with cream cheese frosting – it’s great. Carrots are veggies that are high in sugar and don’t have a strong flavor of their own, so they work well ... Read More »

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