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A Fairy Tale (Eggplant) with a Happily Ever After

With its miniature form and gorgeous violet-and-white skin, fairy tale eggplant is just as dreamy as it sounds. But there’s even more to this specialty variety than meets the eye. It’s also incredibly fruitful and resilient, two big wins for farmers (and we mean that quite literally: the seed has brought home an All-America Selections vegetable award). As for the cooks? Fairy tale offers a delicious, delicate flavor and delightfully creamy bite. Plus, this palm-sized eggplant is a breeze to prep for sautés, stir-fries, grilled dishes and more. Read more »

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America’s Tiny Farmers

One of our favorite things about summer is cooking with delicious summer squash. Tender and versatile, summer squash comes in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, from zucchini to green and yellow zephyr to round eight ball to pattypan (think adorable flying saucer). Like tomatoes, corn and eggplant, summer squash is a seasonal must. But growing it isn’t a simple proposition. It takes serious teamwork, and one of the the most important players isn’t human. Buzzing between squash blossoms, tiny bees perform an essential service: in exchange for sugary nectar, they transfer pollen, which allows the plant to fruit. Read more »

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Get Smarter About Salt

Ben Jacobsen, founder of Jacobsen Salt Co. in Portland, Oregon, makes the best salt we’ve tried. He only turned his hobby into a profession in 2011, but already his salt is prefered in Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens across the country. It’s our choice, too, and we’re thrilled to make it the featured ingredient in our Black […] Read more »

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Our Commitment to Sustainable Seafood

We believe sustainability is the most vital ingredient to great seafood. That’s why we’ve partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch®, a non-profit organization who shares our commitment to building a better food system and is one of the world’s most well-respected guides to sustainable seafood. As much as we love cooking with fish, we recognize the urgent need to source it responsibly. The ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and is home to more than one million species. We rely on it for everything from our livelihoods to the air we breathe to providing us with a steady supply of healthy, delicious seafood. But just as we depend on the ocean for so much, it in turn depends on us for protection. Read more »

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5 Ways to Use Up Your Fresh Spring Peas

You’ve probably noticed that we’re cooking with a lot of peas right now. Snow, snap, peeled, whole – they’re coming in all shapes, sizes, flavors and preparations (don’t be fooled by their name, snow peas are actually in season right now!) In order to keep the recipes just as fresh as the ingredients, we’re using […] Read more »

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Our Ingredient Obsession: Labneh

There are so many standout ingredients that we adore, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of our obsessions. But you’ll see them in our recipes, the incredible ramen noodles that inspire a whole dish, the heirloom tomatoes that must be sliced into a BLT. One of our latest food preoccupations is with labneh. Read more »

Your Guide to Summer Squash

6 Types of Summer Squash

Before long, summer squash will appear in abundance, wherever you look. Friends who garden will begin to bake loaves upon loaves of zucchini bread. Cooks will fry, sear, roast, and grill zucchini, beloved for its sweet but mild texture–even if none of the squash are exactly rare.

The squash is abundant, and so are the ways of cooking it. Likewise, the varieties of squash proliferate. Here are the ones you shouldn’t miss. Read more »

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How Fresh Garbanzo Beans Get Dried

The sudden appearance of fresh chickpeas at the farmers’ market got contributor Suzanne wondering about the chickpeas she’d been eating out of cans, dried, or—most of the time—in hummus all my life. What iss the relationship between these tiny green beans and the more familiar products? This spring, she found out. Read more »

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The Best Way to Prep & Enjoy Tomatillos

Tomatillos are plump green fruits that don’t get enough attention. One of the reasons that tomatillos get neglected is that they don’t look so friendly. But like all good things, it’s what’s inside that counts. Read more »

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All About Flatbreads

To conclude our three-part series on bread, we’re actually going back to the beginning: flatbreads are the first breads, and they’re delicious. Learn all about ‘em in this post. Read more »

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