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Superfast Flavor Bombs: Quick Sugar-Salt Pickles

Around these parts, we’re always looking to brighten things up on the plate and palate with an emphasis on quickness, freshness, and—above all—flavor. With pickling being all the rage these days, one implement that I’ve added to my culinary toolbox of late is the quick sugar-salt pickle. It’s a great way to transform fresh veggies to punchy accompaniments that can really add some visual […]

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Hard-Boiled Egg Ideas: Grilled Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

I adore hard-cooked eggs for several reasons: They’re cheap, ridiculously versatile, and great to have on hand—they last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell. They also now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t new news, exactly, but the 2015 federal nutrition guidelines (still under review […]

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Five on Friday: ‘Tis the (Produce) Season

This Saturday is a day that many of us have been waiting for— the opening day of the seasonal farmers’ market here in Birmingham (CL’s headquarters)! There is nothing like getting out of bed in the morning, dragging yourself to your local market, and being awoken by the aromas of fresh produce and the chatter of excited (and hungry) people. The […]

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A Salute to Artichokes

With their tough outer leaves and intimidating structure, artichokes don’t exactly scream “eat me.” The good news? We’ve perfected the prep of the in-season veg and have five recipes that allow it to shine. So skip the canned veggies, and head straight to produce—because, trust us, fresh artichokes are one of spring’s best gems. Artichoke leaves act as disposable utensils in this deliciously […]

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A Salute to Herbs

Soft, leafy herbs are among the all-around loveliest beacons of warmer weather. They look pretty, they smell pretty, and if you believe that food can taste pretty, they do that too. So much more than plate garnishes, fresh herbs like parsley, dill, and mint can bring a distinct vivacity to anything from savory sauces to sorbet. Here, we have an […]

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A Salute to Asparagus

I’ve come to love asparagus in the last two years or so. Before that, I wouldn’t get near the tall, spindly green veg with a pole. After a childhood of really, really bad asparagus dishes, who can blame me? Then one day, I tried simple grilled asparagus, and the clouds parted in spectacular fashion. Asparagus is great! Now that spring […]

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A Salute to Peas

We’re celebrating spring and the glorious warmer weather with a salute to our favorite produce the season brings, including peas. With a vibrant green hue and a slight sweetness, peas are a delightful addition to any spring dish. Toss in pasta or create a creamy spread—any way you prepare them they’ll be sure to shine this time of year. Sweet […]

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A Salute to Strawberries

There is nothing like walking over to the produce section of a grocery store to encounter the scent of perfectly ripe strawberries. It’s the smell of straw hats and summer heat. The perfume of beach ball silliness and pool-side relaxation. It’s the essence of community gatherings on picnic tables, grassy hillsides, and blankets strewn across your backyard. It’s strawberry season. […]

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Persimmons: Holiday Muffins and Granola Goodness

Persimmons can be perplexing. There are several types and a misstep in guessing ripeness can put a pucker in your pout. Instead of playing it safe and using persimmons as decor on your Thanksgiving table, try these two preparations: a spicy muffin and dried slices. Our two young ‘Fuyu’ persimmon trees produced eight gallons of fruit this November. Our wild persimmon trees (Diospyros […]

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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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