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Posted inArt & Life

An Apple a Day

There’s a hint of crispness in the air, and that’s all the impetus I need to usher in my favorite fall produce, starting with apples. Last week, the market tables were laden with myriad varieties, from thin-skinned and juicy Honey Crisps to tart Mutsu and Jonagolds. Buy them by the pound to eat out of […]

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Pepper up your autumn

The humble pepper, genus Capsicum, has global appeal. Whether your personal preference is for the hot or sweet variety, you’ll find them used in cuisines from Mexican to Indian, African to Thai. What would Cajun cooking be without green bell peppers, an integral part of the holy trinity that is the basis for all great […]

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I say tomato

The tomato: fruit or vegetable? Does it matter? Any way you slice it, tomatoes are delectable. And here in Illinois, late summer is the absolute peak season for these beauties, be they beefsteak, cherry or Roma. When choosing your tomatoes, think beyond the classic red to heirloom varieties like Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Stripes, […]

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This is Corny

This week’s column is corny… in the best way possible, because it’s corn season, y’all. This is not a drill. Truly my favorite time of the produce year because I am OBSESSED with sweet corn. Happily, the corn bins at the market are starting to fill up with piles of tender corn, and my menus […]

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Squash It

It’s mid-July and summer squashes are starting their slow and steady takeover of every garden in America. We’ve got plump green zucchini encroaching on every other planting already, but the Evanston Farmers’ Market is just gearing up. Bright yellow summer squash, striped Romanesco, glorious squash blossoms and adorable baby squash – sunburst, scallop, and more […]

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The Berry, Berry Month of July

Every summer month brings a bumper crop of something delectable to the Evanston Farmer’s Market, and early July means BERRIES. I’ve never met a berry I didn’t like, be they blue, black, huckle, straw or rasp! They are just so darn versatile, able to veer quickly from sweet to savory with equal aplomb. And while […]