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How to Cook Sunchokes

Maybe you’ve been lured in by some of the fabulous seasonal produce at a farmers market. Maybe you’ve joined a CSA. Maybe you’ve seen recipes that feature Sunchokes (also called Jerusalem Artichokes), or tried a dish—savory or sweet—made with Sunchokes or Jerusalem Artichokes at a restaurant and you’d like to give cooking with them a shot. And most of us don’t know exactly how to cook (or shop for or store or prepare) Sunchokes. This is about to change! FAQs About Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) What are Sunchokes? Sunchokes also go by the names Jerusalem Artichokes, sunflower choke, or sunroot, and …

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How to Cook Parsnips

You may know exactly what a parsnip is and how to use it….or you might not. This is about to change! Frequently Asked Questions About Parsnips What Are Parsnips? The parsnip is a root vegetable related to both carrots and parsley (and come to think of it, don’t the tops of carrots look a lot like parsley?)   What Do Parsnips Look Like? They look much like pale carrots. They are shaped very similarly, a bit wider at the base, with a creamy yellow-beige skin and interior.   How Do I Know Which Parsnips to Buy? Parsnips should be smooth, …

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How to Cook Butternut Squash

Perhaps during a fall trip to the market you’ve been charmed by the heaping piles of colorful winter squash, stout and curvy, and wanted to bring them home. Perhaps you have. And perhaps once you’ve unpacked the squash and put them on the counter, you’ve thought, “Now what?” While peeled and cubed winter squash, most often butternut, is readily available, it is usually much pricier per pound than the whole version. But between you and that delicious bright orange vegetable is an butterscotch-colored armor of a shell, and it’s easy to see why people are intimidated by knowing how to …

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How to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash

So, these vegetables aren’t necessarily unfamiliar, like kohlrabi or rutabegas….but when zucchinis come into season they hit like a vegetal tsunami, bursting from the garden by the dozen (“wait, there were only about 6 of those when I went to bed last night!”), piled at the farmers’ market, practically free at the supermarket, omnipresent in your CSA at the end of the summer. How to use it all, and not feel like zucchini bread is coming out of your ears (not that there’s anything wrong with a plentitude of zucchini bread—and you probably have neighbors!). What Are Summer Squash and …

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How to Cook Pears

What Can I Do With Pears? Yes, I know I can eat them! But what else? Pears have been cultivated for thousands of years, and are grown and loved in countries all over the globe. Eat them like an apple, sure, or slice them up…..but there are lots of other things you can do with pears and we’d all be wise to take advantage of the pear-nanza that is autumn.   What Are the Different Types of Pears? Pears are divided in to two major categories, European and Asian, though European pears are what we typically see and think of …

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