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The Monday Family Farmer’s Market Report: Brussels sprouts, acidic olive oil, and food flirting

Saddened to learn that green beans are finally out of season here in newly cold California, I bought some brussels sprouts. At home during dinner prep, my five year old Vi saw me julienning the sprouts for a quick sautee … Continue reading

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The Monday Market Report: Guanciale

This week the market report goes indoors to the butcher counter to focus on Guanciale, an intensely flavored, bacon-like pork product which is simply pig’s jowl cured in salt, sugar, and herbs. Mario Batali (the patron saint of cured pork … Continue reading

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The Monday Market Report: Nutmeg

Having bought the usual round of produce at the market this weekend, with nothing exotic or new or especially useful to report, thoughts turned to the kitchen cupboard and something quite seasonal (though always around): nutmeg. Finding its way into … Continue reading

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The Monday Farmer’s Market Report: Fall Salads for the Family

When it comes to salad I can be of a bit of kid myself (last thing I want to make and eat). But then fall rolls around and the cooling weather encourages the addition of all sorts of hearty ingredients … Continue reading

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The Monday Farmer’s Market Report: Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Spring.

I’m going to blame it on global warming. I swear I was going to write about all those Autumnal, apple-y, root-y, sage-y  sorts of things that are forever fused to the holiday subconscious. But the 90 degree heat has dashed … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Identify this Vegetable?

We were at the local farmer’s market yesterday and were intrigued by this large yellow (It’s the size of a small football), flying saucer-shaped vegetable. So intrigued that we bought it without asking what it was called. Can you help … Continue reading

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The Monday Family Farmer’s Market Report: Carrots Conquer

Is it really November? It was pushing 90 degrees at our L.A. farmer’s market this past weekend. Everything was wilting, kids included. The farm fresh eggs, cooled only by the shade, didn’t look too appealing in the heat as the … Continue reading

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The Monday Farmer’s Market Report: The absolute, last heirloom tomato post of the year. I swear. (unless global warming is worse than I thought)

At the market this week there were the usual increasing quantities of apples and squash etc, etc, etc. But apart from all of that, there was something else vitally important that must me noted. The lady at our favorite farmer’s … Continue reading

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The Monday Farmer’s Market Report: Squash Blossoms

I saw them at the stall: squash blossoms. Was this some autumn abomination? Aren’t these a springtime delicacy? To this transplanted New Yorker, they were that rarity: the flowers of a squash, a fleeting tender iteration of all that is … Continue reading

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Big Cheese, Little Cheese

We took a family trip north into the mountains this past weekend. Our destination was the old market town of Brecon and the annual Brecon Food Festival. Not the most kid-friendly excursion you might say to yourself. And you, know, … Continue reading

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