Shopping for the bulk of your fruits and vegetables (and beyond, if you're lucky) at the farmers' market takes a handful of different skills than cruising the Piggly Wiggly. Because the availability of individual foods ebbs and flows in a wonderfully non-industrial pattern, you'll have to go with the flow MacGyver-style instead of pre-planning every detail of your meals for the week. Duct tape (while never discouraged) is not an essential tool for your market tote, but here are a few ideas that are.
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Last time we met with Pizza a Casa owner Mark Bello, he showed us his DJ skillz for stretching out dough. Here, he shares a quick trick for unsticking pizza that won't budge from the peel. Semolina to the rescue! As Adam mentioned a few months back, a spice shaker will help with quick, even distribution.
When your crisper is jam-packed, the basic tools in your kitchen can make or break your relationship with those vegetables. With the right set of equipment, most of which is not particularly fancy, you can show your produce who's boss, and do it in style. And when you come right down to it, what else is summer for? These are my top 10 tools for keeping things under control in the passionate heat of summer produce season. Did I miss anything? Let us know in the comments!
In the summertime, there's no shortage of reasons not to cook, from the heat to the desire to flee the house for the outdoors, and beyond. Maybe it's just because I tend to see the world through beet-colored glasses, but when cooking drops low on the to-do list, fruits and vegetables rise to the top. Get the recipes for two stellar salads and two terrific sandwiches that showcase veggies, and let us know what you eat at home when you can't bear to turn on the stove.
About the author: Carolyn Cope writes Umami Girl and manages a CSA in New Jersey....
Looking for small ways to eat more responsibly? It's never easier, or more fun, than on the Fourth. Luckily, you don't have to be proficient with a bayonet to join the food revolution or cross any oceans to declare your food independence (quite the opposite, actually). Read on for 10 simple ways to feel good about your Independence Day menu.
With fresh fruits and vegetables bursting into season, it's easy to feel as high on heady seasonality as Ruth Bourdain is on pixie tangerine zest. Don't let that feeling slip away. Read on for ten easy ways to eat joyfully throughout the summer, and share your own hard-eaten wisdom in the comments.
Anyone can bring home a bunch of beets from their local farmers' market—and there, as elsewhere, showing up is half the battle. But a farmers' market is an embarrassment of riches in terms of fresh foods, artisanal expertise and the opportunity to make a meaningful connection with the source of our sustenance. Make the most of your experience with these 10 simple tips, and share your own advice in the comments.
There's a wealth of knowledge and experience shared among the members of the Serious Eats community. Here are a few recent tips and tricks I've enjoyed. Seeking advice on a healthy diet, Mich23 gets some succinct advice from some of the experts via Dee: "Michael Pollan: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Also, Marian Nestle (in the recent Sci American): Eat less; move more; eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and avoid too much junk food." On what cooking technique have you mastered: JEP shares her technique for poaching an egg and Seyo shares his egg pasta recipe. Need a good bread knife? Serious Eaters recommend Forschner 10 1/4" bread knife (also recommended by Cook's Illustrated). Apple picking season...