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 […]

Mashed Turnips or Rutabagas

A bowl of mashed rutabagas with a potato mashed in the bowl nest to a stick of butter

If you’re not quite sure how you feel about turnips and rutabagas, try either of them steamed, mashed, slathered in butter, and topped with coarse salt and fresh pepper. If that doesn’t convince you to love these humble root veggies, here are three more reasons:   They’re a rugged and resourceful veggie. Both rutabagas and […]

Parsnips

A bundle of parsnips on a weathered wood background

Parsnips Veggie Type: Root Season: Year round Peak months: September through April Uses: Parsnips are incredibly versatile! They are a lot like a carrot, but a little sweeter. They can be eaten roasted or raw, added to soups and stews, or even mashed like potatoes.  Parsnip Inspiration More parsnip inspiration coming soon! Let us know […]

Roasting Winter Veggies

Wedges of potatoes, carrots, and parsnips roasted on a baking sheet

The first winter I was a member of a CSA, I was overwhelmed by the number of root vegetables I received. I learned to make a few family favorites like Beet Salad and Kohlrabi Bake, but I worried I wouldn’t be able to use all the winter veggies I was getting, especially on busy weeknights. […]

Black-eyed Pea Soup (Cajun-inspired, Vegetarian)

Pot of black-eyed pea soup with a wooden spoon

I grew up eating black-eyed peas and cornbread on New Year’s day, but wishing for good luck and prosperity are not the only reasons to try this recipe. It’s simple, substantial, and flavorful. You can also make it with fresh or frozen vegetables. I made this batch with celeriac from the freezer, frozen bell peppers, […]

Fall Tossed Salad

Close shot of salad of mixed greens, mung bean sprouts, nuts, seeds, carrots

Hello, Fall Tossed Salad! When cucumbers and tomatoes are no longer in season, you might find yourself feeling a little less inspired to make tossed salads. To keep things interesting during the colder months, I highly recommend making homemade mung bean sprouts. The process is easy but does take forty-eight hours for the beans to […]

Homemade Veggie Scrap Broth

Three mason jars of brown broth

In Top 5 Things to Keep in the Freezer, I introduced the idea of keeping a veggie scrap bag in your freezer, which is how you make my sixth top frozen staple item—homemade veggie broth.  If you have a compost program in your community or a backyard compost, most of your food scraps probably end […]

Corn

Three ears of corn, one partially shucked

Corn Veggie Type: Starchy Season: Summer and Fall Peak months: May-September Uses:  Corn Inspiration More corn inspiration coming soon! Let us know on our Facebook page that you’re waiting for it and we’ll let you know as soon as it is available.

Stewed Italian Plums

A bowl of yogurt topped with stewed plums

When life gives you a bunch of overripe plums, stew them. That’s the advice my mother would give you, and I wholeheartedly agree. This quick and easy technique is a simple solution to less-than-perfect fruit and tastes like home in a bowl. Other fruit that stews well: nectarines, peaches, rhubarb, and apricots.    Spoon stewed […]

Roasted Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash is so sweet and delicious; you don’t need to do much to enjoy it. Just toss it in olive oil, roast it, and finish with a bit of flaky salt. These cheerful little half-moons can be eaten like french fries or added to pasta dishes or salads. Is the delicata squash skin edible? […]