Posts tagged ode to vegetables
Ode to Fall Veggies

It’s officially fall, and I can say without a doubt that my absolute favorite season has arrived. As much as I love swimming in the lake in the summer with the dogs, or taking them up to the snow in the winter, and as much as I love to see my terrace flowers and plants come to life in the spring, fall just screams my name. I partly blame The Gilmore Girls for this fall fascination. Is it just me or did it feel like 90% of that show happened in the fall, and featured the most gorgeous New England fall foliage and weather all the time? I also blame it on Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan when in the midst of one of my favorite romantic comedies and a total tribute to books and the reading life, they discuss the fall and bouquets of sharpened pencils. I don’t miss much about being in school, but reading and analyzing books with my high school teacher Liz is one of those things I look back on fondly, the other is shopping for school supplies at the stationary store, so bouquets of sharpened pencils sounds just about right.

In today’s episode though, we won’t be talking about my pluviophile nature, or the fact that fall trees just make a city that much more beautiful, we’re getting our cooking on and talking about fall veggies and what to do with them. I’m going to give you a brief list of some of my fall favorite vegetables, and give you one or two quick ideas of how you can turn them into dinner tonight. Sound good? Let’s do this thing! Although it will be all about the veggies today, I’m including some fall fruits like apples, figs and pomegranates within the ideas for each veg, so you can max out the savings and deliciousness of the farmer’s market this time of year.

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Ode to Asparagus: We Usually Call Him just Gus

After many weeks discussing so many topics, from pre-summer body image, to exercise, music, mindfulness and veganism, I thought it was time that we get back to delicious food! A few months ago I began a series called Ode to Vegetables that I had yet to follow up on. Our first instalment was Ode to Mushrooms, where we talked about their numerous benefits, why they're neither animal nor vegetable, and especially, how to make them shine on the plate.

In the last few weeks though, I've begun to realize that each and every thing I do in the kitchen has a little bit of meaning behind it, and that because I've lived a slightly odd life, I have so many stories that include food but also go beyond it, so moving forward in this series, we'll dive deep into delicious foods and ingredients, not through their properties and flavors alone, but through the very human stories that connect us all, because by now we all know, that food is not just food, it's something deeper, something more meaningful, and it can give us great insight into our lives and the things we value and find joy in.

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