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What's in season?

Posted at 6:59 PM on January 9, 2009 by Paulette Thompson (1 Comments)


Winter is upon us. There is little to find at the store as a result of the bad weather. If you go to the farmers' market or the local food co-op, you'll find the cabbage family in full effect along with root vegetables galore.

I like turnips and rutabagas. Kale salads, cabbage salads (grate the cabbage, make a vinagrette with citrus juice and oil, then throw in a chopped chili pepper or red pepper flakes. Toss with toasted nuts) and other dishes made with greens are on my list for table time.
Potatoes are there, yes indeed. I am going to try parsnips; I saw a recipe for pureed parsnips in our Sunday paper. I love carrot salads. There is a cooked Moroccan carrot salad I love at this time of the year.

Hmm, time to go home to cook for the weekend!



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cut parsnips into 2"x1/2" portions, toss in olive oil and heavily season with kosher salt. Roast at 400 degrees until tips are caramelized. It really brings out the sweetness.

Posted by Bree Rostan | January 11, 2009 11:57 PM