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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Sprouts

sprouts

Sprouts Veggie Type: Sprouts Season: Year-round Peak months: N/A Uses: Sprouts can be used to add texture to sandwiches, salads, noodles, and more. There are lots of different sprouts on the market, including mung bean, alfalfa, radish, clover, and mustard, so you may want to experiment a bit to see what flavors/preparation methods work best […]