Cranberry Beans To Save Your Life

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pink-speckled cranberry beans are piling up at the local farmers' markets. We hear from Cathy Erway who writes the blogs Not Eating Out in New York and Lunch at Sixpoint and grows cranberry beans on the roof of the Sixpoint Brewery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Find out how to grow and cook the fresh shell beans.


Don't Water That Basil

Friday, August 06, 2010

Paulette Satur and former Lutece chef Eberhard Müller of Satur Farms explain how to harvest the most flavorful basil. Try a recipe for grilled tomatillo salsa with purple basil.

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Bitter Melon for Better Health

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bitter melon may do everything from fight cancer cells to reduce sperm count. Try a recipe from Dr. Pamela Yee for pork-stuffed bitter melon with fermented black beans.

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Pluck 'Em. Stuff 'Em. Fry 'Em.

Friday, July 23, 2010

We are, of course, talking about squash blossoms.


Snacking on a Succulent Weed

Friday, July 16, 2010

Learn more about foraging for purslane, an ultra-healthy succulent weed. Try chef Amy Chaplin's purslane salad with flax-chive dressing.

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Elbow-Licking Mangoes

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Find out what types of mangoes are in season just in time for summer, and try Salon senior food writer Francis Lam's recipe for mango lassi.


Patriotic Eating: Beyond Red, White and Blueberries

Friday, July 02, 2010

Find out what's fresh at the greenmarket just in time for July 4. Also, try an easy red-white-and-blue recipe for queso fresco salsa.


Hot Buzz

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Farmer and apiarist Annie Novak and other experts talk about why bees swarm in the spring and how local honey can treat seasonal allergies.


Cooking with Rhubarb

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rhubarb brings a unique tang and acidity to both sweet and savory dishes. Get a recipe for couscous with rhubarb, asparagus and walnuts here, and learn more about rhubarb wine.

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The Next Big Food Thing

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New York City's elite chefs are putting a new spin on blue collar food.

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Strawberries: The Myth of Organic

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Strawberry season in the New York area is almost over. Learn why organic doesn't always mean pesticide-free when it comes to berries.

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Foraging for Free Fruit

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mulberry trees all around the city are ripening and ready to drop fresh fruit right on the street. Try "Wildman" Steve Brill's recipe for mulberry crumble and explore a map of where to find fruit trees in New York City.

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Craving Crawfish

Friday, May 21, 2010

Though the oil spill continues to harm the Gulf Coast seafood industry, crawfish are still safe to eat — and now is the time to eat then, since the season concludes soon. Get a recipe for crawfish etoufée here.


Queens County's Local Wine

Friday, May 14, 2010

This Tuesday, Queens County Farm Museum will auction off the first wine made from grapes grown right in Floral Park. Learn more about the über-local wine and vineyard.


Last Chance Foods: Asparagus

Friday, May 07, 2010

Asparagus season got an early start this year with the warmer weather, and Greg Donaldson of Donaldson Farms says there are only four weeks left. Try his recipe for Marinated and Chilled Jersey Fresh Asparagus.

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Last Chance Foods: Seasonal Cheese

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cheese expert Tia Keenan says spring the best time for fresh cheeses like chevre, brie and camembert. Learn more about what affects the seasonality of cheese, and try Keenan's recipe for Cheese S'mores.


Itailan Prosciutto, All the Way from Iowa

Friday, April 23, 2010

There are three types of prosciutto on Danny Meyer's new Roman-style restaurant, Maialino. Two are from Italy. The last one is from Norwalk, Iowa.

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Last Chance Foods: Wild Edibles

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Foodies Marc Matsumoto and Jonathan Landau share tips on foraging for spring-time ramps and stinging nettles. Try Matsumoto's recipe for Sunchoke Ramp and Nettle Soup.

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Last Chance Foods: Seafood

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Stephanie and Alex Villani of Blue Moon Fish talk about what seafood to enjoy before it's no longer in season. Try their recipe for baked flounder with homemade tartar sauce.

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Last Chance Foods: Maple Syrup

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Maple syrup producers upstate are packing up their buckets and taps early this year because of the warm temperatures, according to Mike Broadwell of M&M Maple Farm. Learn more and get a recipe for maple butter.