In Season

Fresh Right Now: Great Grapes

Fall’s red fruits offer the sweetest rewards. Though you can get grapes year-round, now is peak season for late summer’s red seedless varieties. Flames are round and mildly sweet; oval-shaped Crimsons are juicy and crisp; Scarlet Royals’ elongated berries have thick skin; and tightly clustered Rubys have a mild flavor. You’ll taste the difference this time of year, when these […]

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Ginger–Juice It!

Ginger… everyone’s favorite underground rhizome. It’s chock full of vitamins/nutritive benefits and has this lovely tendency to make things (sweet dishes, savory dishes, boozy beverages, not-so-boozy beverages, scented candles—you name it) more deliciously robust, fragrant, spicy, and all-around awesome. Even as a perennial ginger junkie, I especially love the root’s warming qualities as we ease into cooler weather. One of my […]

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Autumn Spiced Apple Chips: Two Ways

Fall is in the air—and in our coffee mugs, on our stovetops, and within our ovens, as well. The changing of the season means gorgeous burnt red leaves and crisp, breezy weather. But the part of this season I yearn for year-round are the incredible fall flavors that epitomize October. Butternut squash and kale have become ever-present in my kitchen. Pears and pumpkins are […]

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The ABCs of a Fall Kitchen Garden

I love fall. I love everything about it — cooler weather, colorful trees, cocoon-y sweaters, and pumpkins piled everywhere. I also love the long list of groceries I can grow without sweating in the oven-like air of August. Not sure what can replace those tomatoes and beans? Here are 8 suggestions, easy as reciting your ABCs. Whether you garden on […]

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Fresh Right Now: Yellow Wax Beans

Some may tell you yellow wax beans taste just like green beans—heresy! Their unique grassy flavor is one of summer’s distinct delights. Plus, these translucent, supersmooth pods need no stringing. In our salad (next page), their flavor is mild but doesn’t disappear against peppery radishes, pungent blue cheese, salty bacon, or tangy buttermilk dressing. These beans are at their peak […]

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Sweet Summer Corn Ice Cream

It is undeniably corn season, and for that we should rejoice. We have a divine recipe for Corn Risotto, which I had the opportunity to taste in our Test Kitchen last year. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water — fresh-from the stalk corn, garlic, onion, red peppers, and a generous serving of butter. I could gush forever about it. […]

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Paiche: Chicken of the River

If you haven’t come to know and love paiche already, this summer is the perfect time. Paiche (pie-chay) is a sustainably farmed fish from the Amazon river that’s been showing up in more and more U.S. fish markets every day. There’s plenty to love about this 300-pound prehistoric river beast, beginning with the fact that it’s an ideal grilling fish. The […]

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What to Do With 54 Pounds of Blackberries?

We have a joke at our farm, specifically describing my husband’s excitement for anything outdoors, his work ethic, and his hunger to grow: “Why do, when you can overdo?” Staring at my inky-purple stained fingertips as I type, it’s evident this applies to our ever-expanding blackberry patch. I’m just about outdone. I’ve been picking more than any Peter and his peck […]

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Fresh Right Now: Key Lime Time

Summer is peak season for Key limes—a fruit no bigger than a walnut but mighty in intensity. In our panna cotta (on the next page), we use the aromatic juice with restraint to highlight the fruit’s floral notes along with its distinct tang. While tarter and more acidic than Persian limes, Key limes are actually a little sweeter. The juice […]

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How To Use a Whole Watermelon in One Week

All year, I dream of watermelon–my face disappearing into a giant slice of sun-ripened fruit, juice escaping down my hands, as I chomp on more. In Birmingham, it’s that time of year where you can get a Death Star-sized watermelon for $7. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, more like a Lego Death-Star-sized watermelon. As a single woman, it can be quite […]

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