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The Crisper Whisperer: What I Learned from a Raw Foods Masterclass

The definition varies from person to person, but in general a raw foods diet consists of whole vegan foods that have not been heated over 115°F. Raw enthusiasts prefer these foods because their natural enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals have not been altered by cooking. I found myself allocating an entire weekend to the Raw Foods Masterclass at Saf Restaurant in London. Saf is often named among the best vegetarian restaurants in London, with a totally vegan menu and many raw options. More

The Crisper Whisperer: How to Make Fruit Leather

You can make fruit leather with almost any summer or fall fruit. Berries, cherries, stone fruits, apples, and pears—they all work beautifully. Choose ripe or very ripe fruit, and remove any blemishes. Seasonings are where you can really get creative. A little vanilla with berries perhaps? You can add liquors, chopped nuts, you name it. Your leather is as nimble as your imagination. (That sounds wrong for so many reasons, I know—but it's right.) More

The Crisper Whisperer: Share Your Favorite Fall Produce Recipes

Ever since the moment I wriggled into my brand new stretch pants, two pairs of slouch socks, and oversized T-shirt on the first morning of fourth grade, fall has been my favorite season. Becoming a produce obsessive has done nothing to dampen my love for this crisp, Technicolor season we're about to enter. But do you notice how the blue potatoes and butternuts on that roasting pan are—ahem—raw? That's because I have no kitchen this week, and I need your help. Please share your favorite ways to use fall produce in the comments. More

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Great Blogs for Veggie Lovers That May Be New to You

When seasonal veggies abound (such as, for example, now), it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, or how good you are with a julienne attachment. Once in a while you're going to need a little help taking your produce to inspired heights. These ten websites, many of them lesser-known, are among my current favorites when I'm staring at a full crisper and need a little jolt of creativity. Behind each site is a person or team who knows how to find extraordinary beauty in ordinary vegetables. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Zucchini Pancakes

It's that time of year again. The time when residents of carefree, throwback towns start locking their front doors and parking their cars in the garage. The time when lucky children find green, woody baseball bats by the dozen strewn atop the compost heap. The time when perfectly reasonable people are driven to silent, guilt-ridden, unreasonable ends. In other words, it's zucchini season. Savory, crave-worthy zucchini pancakes to the rescue. More

The Crisper Whisperer: How to Handle Eggplant Overload

I received an email a few days ago from Serious Eater krossbow with the arresting subject line "Please help - eggplant" and a photo of two very impressive mail crates full of purple beauties. Krossbow, that's a lot of eggplant. In a way, I almost hope you Photoshopped that picture just to get some attention. But you seem awfully nice, so even if you did, Imma help you out. Folks, let's not let all that eggplant go to waste. Please leave your favorite eggplant recipes in the comments. More

The Crisper Whisperer: 4 Ways to Use Lettuce (Other Than Salad)

If you grow your own lettuce, belong to a CSA, or sometimes get a little grabby at the farmers' market, chances are you'll end up with too much lettuce at some point from now through October. The good news is that although lettuce maintains a clean-cut, "just the salad, thank you" veneer in polite company, she's not the least bit afraid to take a couple of turns around the pan behind closed doors. When you just can't eat another bite of salad, try these delicious cooked alternatives. More

The Crisper Whisperer: 7 Things To Do with Garlic Scapes

Scapes are to garlic as fusilli is to rigatoni: the crazy-bastard college buddy who never really embraced adulthood. But they're more than that, too. With their substantial heft and a flavor that mellows dramatically when cooked, they're vegetable, aromatic and herb all in one. Check out these scapely suggestions, and share your own favorite uses for scapes in the comments. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Beyond Guacamole - 5 Ways to Use Avocados

To some of us, an overabundance of avocados sounds like the makings of a Lifetime Achievement Award. But the Crisper Whisperer serves at the pleasure of serious eaters everywhere, and Californians, Floridians and other highly evolved specimens are looking for a way to move beyond guacamole. Read on to learn (and share your own) avocado tips and tricks with the fortunate and unfortunate alike. More

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Secrets for Making the Most of Your CSA

As the growing season hits its stride, the sheer magnitude of freshness delivered by a good CSA, farmers' market, or garden can start to overwhelm busy people with lives to lead. The good news is that with a little weekly preparation and planning and a few simple strategies, you'll rarely have a week where you can't use or freeze your whole haul. Read on for 10 ways to maximize your CSA experience. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Grilled Chiles 'Resemblos'

Nothing can take the place of traditional chiles rellenos, but this grilled riff on the original is a satisfying vegetarian meal in its own right for those balmy spring evenings you'd rather spend on the patio. They are a fresher, somewhat lighter alternative to the original that is still full of cheesy goodness and many of the classic flavors. Get the recipe here, but a question for you: What are your favorite classic dishes to riff on the grill? More

The Crisper Whisperer: Grilled Spring Onions

From the moment I first tucked into a savory, cheese-covered bowl of French onion soup as a kid, I've been hooked on the idea of onions as the star of a dish. Early springtime, when farmers' markets hold more in the way of promise than actual produce, is the perfect time to offer a little more plate space to the onion. These grilled spring onions, sprinkled with feta cheese and lemon juice, pair beautifully with grilled meats. More

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