Tag Archives: produce

We Love Garlic: An Ode to Garlic

You’re a cousin of onion, shallot, chive, and leek, But it’s you, precious garlic, that I gleefully seek. Is it your pungent fragrance, a magical thing? You add gorgeous dimension! You make dishes sing! Place a clove on your cutting board, give your knife blade a pop Remove the delicate skin, and your garlic’s ready […]

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Beautiful Ingredient Spotlight: Rainbow Chard

What a cheerful veggie. Rainbow chard has crisp-tender stalks in bright yellow, pink and red, and dark green; and just-a-bit bitter, deep-dark green leaves. It’s a versatile way to get your dark leafy green fix– sturdier than spinach, and mellower than kale–chard is a star of so many dishes. It’s awesome on its own, with […]

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Brighten Up! Citrus Season Is Here

Bone-chilling winter means a tragic dearth of fresh fruits and veggies? Worry not! I’m here to bring the good news: Sweet, bright, beautiful oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruits, pomelos, key limes, and more are at the peak of their wonderfulness. A lavish, juicy mandarin; or a salmon-hued, candy-sweet cara cara can lighten up the bleakest winter […]

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Getting to the Root: Root Veggie Season is Here!

The classic Thanksgiving menu is a veritable root veg celebration: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, candied yams, roasted carrots. Turkey Day is behind us, but the time to feast on root veggies is now.   Root vegetables are starchy tubers and taproots (bulbs and rhizomes are often thought of as root veggies, too). They’re one of the world’s staple […]

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Fairway Market: One of the Wonders of the World

We stumbled across this great video by Chef Todd Mohr. He’s travelled to wonderful local markets from Kawaii to Paris. Now here he is at our 74th Street store, to behold the splendor of our fruits and veggies, cheeses, meats, deli & appetizing counter, our bakery wafting heavenly baking-right-now-baguette-aromas and all the rest.

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The Fabulous Fruit: Tomatoes

With great flavor, stunning variety, amazing cooking versatility, and some cutting-edge health benefits, the tomato fruit (yes, I said “fruit”) still reigns supreme as the star of the produce aisle. Often confused for vegetables because of our tendency to put them in salads, the tomato is actually a fruit. This is most evident when you […]

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Get Your Head Out of the Oven! Our Favorite No-Cook Meals

People–it’s hot. Hot enough to get sweaty in the one short block from apartment to subway. Hot enough to think any activity in AC or a body of water is enormously enticing. Hot enough that I don’t want to go anywhere near an oven, or a hot stovetop, or anything to risk raising my already […]

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Visiting Our Farmers: A Summer Bounty in Vineland, New Jersey

Longer, sun-drenched days, beach trips, fresh veggies, and candy-sweet fruit. It’s summertime, baby! Or nearly summer. Dan and Mitchel make a short trip to Tom Pontano & Son Farms, in Vineland, New Jersey, where we get some of the beautiful lettuces that grace our shelves. They find crunchy romaine; green leaf lettuce—super soft and sweet; freakishly […]

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Love Those Melons: Galia Melons and How to Tell if a Melon is Ripe

Galia melons are awesome. I cut one up for breakfast the other day, but only half the melon made it to my bowl. The rest I munched perched over my cutting board. They are uber sweet and juicy–the perfect refreshing fruit for summertime, and a welcome addition to any fruit salad. A galia looks like […]

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