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    Tonight we picked up our last box, of the season, from our CSA. Well, technically the last regular season box was delivered a few weeks ago, but we had also opted for the late season storage share. I can't wait to eat my way through all the killer produce that was delivered. But, before I go on...
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    When it comes to pasta it is easy to get into a rut, making the same sauces over and over. For most people that means either red, tomato sauce or a white "Alfredo" sauce. In Autumn I like to serve pasta with caramelized cabbage and bacon. This is a great late summer, early fall pasta dish...
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    I don't know why I don't prepare artichokes more often. Every time I make them I swear I am going to start eating them more often, but usually don't get around to making them again for 5 or 6 months or more. It's not that they are difficult to prepare. Sure they can be a little time consuming if...
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    For everything there is a season Ecclesiastes 3:1 Walking into a grocery store recently I had to navigate my cart around a six-foot-tall display of beautifully crimson tomatoes that were still on their vines. They were unavoidable and the first thing a person saw when entering the store. They...
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    Artichoke Varieties" title="http:// Artichoke Varieties"> Artichoke Varieties A Year-round Variety Description: Globe-shaped in winter and spring Conical in summer and fall Green color, some purple at base in summer Thorns prominent in summer and fall. Less developed...
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    Chefs and gourmets the world over eagerly await the arrival of spring. No other time of year can match the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available. Many will only be obtainable at this time. Asparagus is available year round but it's peak season runs from February through June. Thus...
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    Ok, connect these dots. What do artichokes and sexism have in common? Well, many foods in medieval and ancient history were falsely ascribed with positive or negative attributes. Tomatoes and potatoes for example, brought from the new world by the early European explorers, were thought to be...
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    There are a number of ingredients that I often wonder how anyone ever thought could be edible, or even tasty. Olives are one of these as when the olive comes off the tree, it is unbelievably bitter. Artichokes are another. Who would have looked at this oversized thistle and thought "Maybe this...
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    Super Sprouts It's interesting how a person's taste changes from childhood to adulthood, what they like and don't like. Personally, my tastes were like most kids when I was a child (you couldn't have gotten me to eat a vegetable for anything). As a teenager I thought that I was eating enough...
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    There was a time when vegetables were available during specific seasons. Now with modern agriculture and transportation technologies this is becoming less true. It seems everything is "in season" all of the time if you are willing to pay the price and sacrifice quality. It is difficult not to...
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    ChefTalk: It seems as if there are always fresh artichokes available in grocery stores. Is there a season for artichokes? Tom Corneille: It's true, almost all the artichokes in this country are grown year round in a small area of California on the coast. But while there are artichokes available...
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    The most vibrant aroma of summer comes not from the barbecue, but from the garden. Few can quibble that the verdant smell of tomato leaves rubbed against your canvas gloves or wafting scents from just torn oregano leaves does not define summer. Or plucking the swelling cantaloupes from their...
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