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Endive Salad: Kristi Garrett

The secret world of endive

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What do you know about endive? Most Americans, if they know of endive at all, think of it as bitter, expensive lettuce hearts. Au contraire, mon frère. Called “White Gold” in Belgium, the white variety of endive is one of the most popular vegetables in France. It is often the foundation for soups and stews, and is a natural in salads and appetizers. But endive is still an unusual find…

Add vegetables to your mashed potatoes for extra flavor and texture.

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

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The next time you’re asked to bring a side dish to a potluck supper — or anytime your menu calls for mashed potatoes — you may wish to add a bit of punch to your dish by throwing in some fresh veggies. This mashed potato recipe is inspired by the colorful varieties of cauliflower that are now becoming readily available. The purple color comes from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also found…

Rhubarb and chipotle barbecue sauce with herbed chickpea patties

Rhubarb and chipotle barbecue sauce with herbed chickpea patties

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The joy of meandering through the Northwestern Vermont Farmers Market on a Saturday morning is allowing the freshest ingredients to determine what dinner will be that night. In this case it was the combination of rhubarb with parsley and cilantro plants, which led me to the idea of a fresh, in-season barbecue sauce. Oh, and a case of mistaken identity. After walking around the farmers market, I needed to go…

Sauteed Baby Bok Choy with Sprouted Tofu

Amazing brassica: Sauté Bok choy with baked tofu

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Brassica is a pretty amazing genus of plants. If you like green vegetables (and why wouldn’t you?), at least one species or subspecies of Brassica probably falls somewhere on your top ten list. Different cultivars have given us broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, rapini, and mustard greens. Some lines of breeding that Brassica has gone through have focused on cultivating elaborate edible flowers (think cauliflower and broccoli), some have derived…

Pea shoots and ramps (wild leeks) top a spicy pasta you’ll love

Pea shoots and ramps (wild leeks) top a spicy pasta you’ll love

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One of the things I love the most about the farmers market is finding something new, practically in my own backyard. For instance, while meandering around the Northwestern Vermont Farmers Market I ran across a vendor with pea shoots. It was like I had struck cooking gold. If you’ve never had pea shoots, jump in the car and head straight to your nearest farm stand or market. Drive until you…