What’s in Season: January Edition

a bulb of fennel on cutting board
Hopefully everyone has enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, full of joy and laughter, if maybe a little too much food and drink. January is a difficult month to eat fresh and local produce in the Northern hemisphere; there just isn’t a whole lot that grows in the dead of winter! However, if you learn to love your root vegetables and get creative with some soup, you can easily keep that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, less-processed foods. Here is what’s in season in the Mid-Atlantic region:
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The Feast of the Seven Fishes

Mussels for Feast of Seven Fishes
Looking for a new Christmas Eve tradition? Trying to avoid the same turkey and ham Christmas dinner you always make? This year, while wondering how to make the meal enjoyable and grand, I decided to try a collection of recipes that would add up to a Feast of the Seven Fishes. It was messy, challenging, and a lot of fun; I’d encourage anyone to try it one year as a part of their own celebrations!

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Misadventures in Baking: Chocolate Peanut Clusters

The holidays offer a chance to cook for a crowd, hosting those big bashes and making everyone’s favorite dishes. But after the finger foods, the sides and glorious main course are cleared from the table, what do you serve for dessert? And if you want to partake in a cookie exchange, or a holiday potluck or to give as presents, do you have a no-fail dessert recipe that will still impress?

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What’s in Season: December Edition

celery root soup
Whew, 2017 just flew by, didn’t it? December is already here. Amidst end-of-the-year holiday parties, gift shopping, and travel arrangements, the least we can do is nourish ourselves with good food. With that in mind, what’s in season!? What’s local?! What in the world does one do with a turnip? All of your burning questions, answered:
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Wasabi Kale Salad

A spicy kale salad that makes a perfect summertime meal
Kale is so often mistreated. I don’t just mean verbally and culturally; it’s also mistreated in the kitchen. Have you ever tried to serve a kale salad and found the leaves too firm and bitter to stomach? Well, you’ve been missing an important step: marinating the kale. Check out the below recipe for Wasabi Kale Salad, and witness the method and benefits of this extra step firsthand!

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Welcome to June

seasonal produce from June
June is most definitely the best month of the year. Seasonal produce abounds in the northern hemisphere, including fresh fruit, which has such a short window of availability in my neck of the woods. Even better, the shift from spring to summer highlights the best of both seasons: some warmth breaks through the crisp mornings and evenings; trees and foliage have turned a deep shade of green while gardens are bursting with color. We’re halfway through 2017, so why not celebrate with a delicious meal from recipes below?

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Bloomin’ June Cocktail

A rose and citrus vodka cocktail to ring in the best month of the year
June is a month of transition: the height of spring slowly creeps towards the heat of summer. Flowers are in full bloom as the sun shines brighter for longer days and shorter nights. There are some flavors and combinations of flavors that epitomize this shift in seasons perfectly. A few of my favorites are citrus and floral notes, which are both in abundance in this delicious vodka-based cocktail recipe: Bloomin’ June.

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The Best Potato Salad for a Memorial Day Picnic

A delicious twist on potato salad for your Memorial Day potluck
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer: grill-outs, picnics, and poolside lounging are all in order. Hopefully, there will be good enough weather to adequately celebrate! If you’re hosting or attending a potluck-style event for Memorial Day, I’ve got a recipe recommendation that is sure to please a crowd: Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad.

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Lemon-Herb Sardine Salad

Crunchy, savory, and bright lemon-herb sardine salad
Sometimes, a light dinner is in order. You need something crunchy, savory, but bright, that requires as little “cooking” as possible. This recipe for lemon-herb sardine salad fits the bill; an excellent combination of flavors, with capers, lemon zest, and dijon mustard gives this salad a very French flair.

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