Madeley Kale

A bundle of madeley kale on a wood background

Madeley Kale Veggie Type: Leafy green  Season: Available year round  Peak months: November-February Uses: Sweet, productive and hardy heirloom kale from England that gives you lots of food. It makes armloads of beautiful big leaves. It is hardier and more tender than a lot of other kale varieties. Madeley Kale Inspiration More dinosaur kale inspiration […]

Pico De Gallo

Quesadillo on a wood tray with small bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo, and two glasses of ice water with blueberries

If you have fresh ripe tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and a jalapeno, on hand, it’s definitely time to make pico de gallo. Even if you don’t have all of those ingredients, consider improvising. I like to think of pico season as an invitation to eat diced tomatoes on anything and everything. We particularly love it on […]

Simple Bread & Tomato Salad

Bread and tomato salad in a wood bowl

Think of this salad as a tomato sandwich in a bowl. Bread, tomatoes, and oil are the stars, and you can improvise from there.   How To Make a Simple Bread & Tomato Salad Plan for roughly one part toasted bread, one part tomatoes, any optional additions you want, and a vinaigrette. On this late summer […]

Storing Fresh Basil

Lots of leafy basil in a jar on a counter

When you’re lucky enough to have a big batch of freshly harvested basil, I recommend storing it uncovered on your countertop.   Trim the ends and drop the basil in a jar or vase with some water. Place near a window if possible so it can get sunlight. Change the water as needed and use within […]

Fattoush Salad with Black-eyed Peas

Large wood salad bowl full of fattoush salad

Fattoush is a middle eastern salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, toasted pita, and a fresh lemon vinaigrette. As with all salads, the ingredients are flexible, but black-eyed peas make it feel like a festive meal.  A note about kitchen staples: If you’ve downloaded the Vinegar Home Kitchen Staples Checklist, you may have noticed that black-eyed peas […]

Grilled Sweet Corn

Four ears of grilled sweet corn on a white plate on a blue tablecloth

Fresh sweet corn on the cob will be great no matter how you cook it, especially if you cook it the same day you get it. Here’s my favorite method: Shuck the husks completely, brush the corn with olive and grill on a high flame for ten minutes, turning frequently. Serve right away, with butter […]

Summer Succotash with Swiss Chard

Bowl of succotash

Succotash always comes to mind when zucchini and tomatoes are in abundance and I have leftover sweet corn. I recommend cooking fresh sweet corn the same day you get it and making a couple of extra ears while you’re at it—that way you can plan to make succotash the next day. I like to add […]

Grilled Fennel

Grilled fennel bulb sliced in half on a white plate

Grilled fennel is so simple and it tastes amazing. Serve it as an appetizer or side dish — or just devour it straight off the grill.    I recommend using a grill basket coated with a bit of oil. Smaller bulbs of fennel will fall apart and that’s OK. Having the fennel stay together in […]

Dandelion Greens

Dandelion Greens Veggie Type: Leafy Green Season: Summer Peak months: May – October Uses: Yes, you can eat Dandelion Greens that you find growing wild, just avoid those that have been sprayed with fertilizer or other toxic sprays. You can also purchase them wherever you buy your produce. Eat them raw or cooked. They are great […]

Radicchio

two heads of radicchio

Radicchio Veggie Type: Leafy veggie Season: Year-round, but typically more of a winter veggie Peak months: February-April Uses: This Italian veggie is a form of chicory, which might be surprising if you only know chicory from the nutty, earthy taste of its root. The versatile chicory family includes lots of salad veggies, including endive, escarole, […]