Fresh Pick – Challenge Accepted

A couple of Fridays ago, I challenged you to try a new fruit or vegetable in lieu of my usual Fresh Pick Friday post.  The idea was to get you thinking about different foods and encourage you to try something new.  Food should be fun, and I think trying new things is one way to do just that.

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Spicy Miso Soup

I’ve had spicy miso soup at least once a week for almost two months now. It comes together quickly and is warming on these cold and rainy days. I promised you all a recipe a while back, but I can’t seem to make this soup the same way twice. So, I’m giving you a recipe with lots of options. You can customize this soup to suit your tastes or match your refrigerator inventory.

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Wendy’s Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my favorite treats growing up was my mother’s homemade peanut butter cookies. They were perfect for dunking into a glass of cold milk. I remember watching my mother sitting in the living room, wooden spoon and mixing bowl on her lap, watching the news while she creamed together the butter and sugar. My brother and I knew it meant peanut butter cookies would be in our lunches the next day.

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Fresh Pick – A Challenge for You

Normally on Friday, I talk about a fruit or vegetable that is in season and local to British Columbia in hopes that you might be inspired to try something new.  I thought that I would mix things up a bit this week.  Instead of sharing this week’s Fresh Pick,
I challenge you to try a new fruit or vegetable this weekend.

garlic scapes

It can be anything, from anywhere, as long as it is new to you.  You can ask the produce manager or farmer (if purchasing from the farmers market) for recommendations on how to prepare it, or you could research it online.

I’d love to hear what you tried and how you liked it (or didn’t).  You can share your findings below in the comments.

CSA Box – Week 16 & 17

Well, we have come to the end of our CSA box for the year. I’ve been really happy with the products that we received this season. Some old favorites returned and some new produce was introduced. This year was the first time that I ever cooked with fennel or tried locally grown melon. The various shoots (peas, radish, and sunflower) were also a welcome addition to our meals. I’m going to have to start going to the grocery store a bit more, although I will make an effort to get out to the Vancouver Winter Market on the weekend.

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Fresh Pick – Fennel

We are coming to the end of the fennel season here in BC, but I thought it would be fun to throw in something a little different to get us thinking outside the box.

Fennel

Fennel is a unique looking vegetable.  It is white and bulbous at the base with long green fronds that look a lot like dill.  All parts of the plant are edible, and the flavour is akin to anise and licorice.  It’s one of those foods that people either love or hate.

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Pumpkins, Gratitude, and CSA Box Week 13

It’s been a busy week!  Midterms, getting ready for long weekend festivities, the hubby returned from a two week hunting trip, and did I mention midterms?  A whole week has gone by without a post, so we have lots to catch up on.

First off, it’s Fresh Pick Friday, and with Thanksgiving Day this Monday (for those of us north of the 49th) and Halloween just around the corner, so I couldn’t help but think about pumpkins.

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Fresh Pick – Cranberries

This week’s fresh pick is the tasty cranberry.  Fresh cranberries are crisp and tart, while dried cranberries are softer and sweeter.  Whichever one you prefer, cranberries are a versatile food that can add great flavour and nutrition to both sweet and savoury dishes.

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CSA Box – Week 14

I can’t believe it’s October already! This evening I actually have the fireplace on. I know, I know – it’s not that cold, but the squashes in our CSA box have changed from the summer variety to the winter variety in the last couple of weeks, and that’s my cue for warm, cozy things.

Here’s what we received in week 14:

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Fresh Pick – Potatoes

Potatoes have developed a bad reputation over the years.  Some varieties have a high glycemic index, and they are usually shunned by those following a low carb diet.  Personally, I think that potatoes can be part of a healthy diet, so long as you steer clear of French fries (so hard, I know) and keep the skin on when you cook them.  Most of the potatoes nutrients are found in the skin.

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