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You Think It’s Just a Fennel Salad?

There is something about fennel that you may not have known.  It’s part of a group of vegetables called “diskènes” which can be consumed as a spice, an herb, and a vegetable.    If you love fennel, you instinctively know that, but who knew it was an actual category?  And it’s a pretty big one at …

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The Artichoke’s – It’s All About Love

artichokes, flat leaf parsley,

When I was a child, my mother served us artichokes whenever she could find them.  I was the only one I knew who ate them, delighting in pulling off each leaf and dipping it into wonderful melted butter.  We were a big family, and food was our heart and soul.  Getting a big, fat artichoke …

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What is the Season, Actually?

flowers

  The Ides of March are behind us, thank goodness.  Why thank goodness? The Ides (March 15), is considered malevolent by some, a reference to Julius Cesar’s upending his countrypeople’s festive schedule by switching the new year to January instead of March.  They never forgave him.   He didn’t touch Easter (whew), which is before us, …

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Is the Brussels Sprout From Brussels?

Brussels sprouts, salad, French, France, slice

Go to Recipe Go to Video That’s the big question on everyone’s mind when it comes to these little, round, green vegetables is: Are Brussels sprouts REALLY from Brussels? Yes. No. The answer is yes, and no.  Brussels has always been a busy hub with lots of activity and while there was some farming done …

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The Jerusalem Artichoke and Its Strange Story

Jerusalem artichokes, root vegetable, tuber

Go to Video Jerusalem Artichoke – Helianthus tuberosus There are so many things about a Jerusalem artichoke to love, but I could never say that to my neighbor, Marie-Odile.  She was an adolescent during World War Two, living in the town of Louviers which was occupied by German forces and later burned to the ground.  …

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Our Favorite Alien – Celery Root

celery root, celeriac

Go to Video Celery Root – Celeriac – Apium graveolens var. rapaceum Sometimes, a vegetable is so weird and unattractive it’s adorable.  This is absolutely the case with celery root, though adorable might be going too far. Because a celery root right from the farm that hasn’t been shaved of its roots or its facial …

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The Gratin in all its splendor – squash, apples, onions | Paris, France

squash, apples, onions, cream, milk

Go to Recipe Go to Video The gratin is one of the best-kept culinary secrets of the French repertoire.   So many vegetables can be turned into a gratin, and what keeps any and every version amazing is the inimitable “French Touch”.  Le Gratin Which pretty much has to do with the right amounts of milk …

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The Best Cauliflower Recipe and it Involves Lots of Cheese | Paris, France

Go to Recipe Go to Video Food is memory, plain and simple. Epic Food Memory And cauliflower with cheese sauce is an epic food with memory, for me. See Our Classes and Special Offers Now! When I was growing up, we moved house every year.  We moved states or countries every two or three years, …

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