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Fresh Right Now: Radicchio

Red- and white-veined radicchio, like its chicory relatives endive and frisée, is loved and sometimes feared for its bitter edge. The intensity of that bitterness can be mediated by the cook. Tossed into a salad, radicchio is bright and assertive. Sautéed, grilled, or baked, its sharp character mellows. In our recipe, roasted radicchio wedges pair with tangy vinegar, salty Gorgonzola […]

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Pass the Potatoes, Please!

As soon as Autumn’s chill hits the air, a little switch in my brain flips and I start to crave anything potato. Don’t get me wrong, in the warmer months I love a good grilled potato tossed with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil or a new potato salad dressed with a tangy yogurt sauce. But there’s nothing like […]

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6 Stellar Toppers for Butternut Squash Soup

Simple butternut squash soup is a perfect base for both creamy and crunchy toppers. For Simple Butternut Soup: Combine 3½ pounds cooked peeled butternut squash; 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth; 1 cup water; and ¾ teaspoon salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Ladle soup into 8 bowls; top with one of these finishers. SERVES 8 CALORIES 92; FAT […]

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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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