What’s in Season: February Edition

Quick, creamy, and subtly spicy: this chicken tikka masala is a weeknight dinner hit.
Ah, we are slowly inching towards spring, but in the meantime we have to make it through the gloomiest month of the year. It’s just as difficult as last month (if not harder) to find a bounty of seasonal produce. Difficult but still possible! Especially when equipped with a killer recipe or two, making use of those pantry staples and frozen sauces from the summer months. Whatever you’re working with, here’s what you can find in season in the mid-Atlantic: Continue reading “What’s in Season: February Edition”

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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Ginger-Anise Chicken Stew

chicken ginger anise stew
Are you bored of generic chicken or beef stews? Do add-ins like potatoes and carrots make you yawn? Well, here is the remedy to all your woes: a dish so tantalizing in scent and flavor it will bewitch you guests, and your neighbors! Ginger and star anise are center stage in this stew, supporting earthy-sweet daikon radish and butternut squash.

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Coq Au Vin Pot Pie

chicken pot pie

Chicken pot pie is one of the best cold-weather foods around. You may have grown up chowing down on traditional pot pie, maybe even a microwavable version, but it’s time to try something new. Today we’re making Coq Au Vin Pot Pie. The crispy chicken with paprika and thyme, the Madeira wine and bacon additions, all come together to give this classic dish a deliciously French twist.

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