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Fiddlehead Ferns

Fiddlehead Ferns

I know this is a cheffy ingredient. I know it can be fussy. I know you think you’re going to buy them and not know what to do with them. They are honestly delicious and taste like springtime to me. Just buy some, wash thoroughly and sauté in some hot oil with a pinch of  Continue Reading »

Ghost Peppers

Ghost Peppers

My new favorite chili, but they are a force to be reckoned with. The air around the chilies can be spicy! When you refrigerate them, best to cover them so there are no surprise spice  “air” attacks. It’s just astounding to me that a chili this spicy can also have floral and fruity notes. These do.  Continue Reading »

Cranberry Beans

Cranberry Beans

These beans are so beautiful when shelled, creamy white and speckled with red. When you cook them, they lose some of that vibrant color but are such a great mix of starchy bean and fresh, light bean. Like part of a string bean crashed into a Great Northern bean. I like them a lot cooked,  Continue Reading »

Fushimi Peppers

Fushimi Peppers

I love Shishito peppers. One can be spicy and the next one mild. They truly have a mind of their own and I respect that about ingredients. The Fushimi peppers are a milder form of pepper but similar. They have a floral, almost fruity quality. They are great sliced and mixed into vinaigrettes. I am  Continue Reading »

Fresh Ginger

Fresh Ginger

I have seen the most beautiful ginger in the market this year. The skin is very thin and the flesh feels firm and juicy when you grab a piece from the bin. The flavor is so good. I love stirring some ginger juice right into a sauce or vinaigrette at the last minute to add  Continue Reading »

Fairy Tale Eggplant

Fairy Tale Eggplant

The green market at Union Square is a case study in eggplant towards the middle and end of summer, and I love it. One of my favorites is Fairy Tale Eggplant. They are small to middle-sized and have a wonderful, fleshy inside with very few seeds.  I usually buy them at Stokes Farm and simply cut  Continue Reading »

Sunflower Greens

Sunflower Greens

These are wonderfully nutty. They have an almost roasted quality rolled up in a green that is also juicy and refreshing. While I am no health nut, this is the kind of ingredient that is great tossed with some roasted potatoes, other greens or roasted sunchokes. It can fit in anywhere you might toss some  Continue Reading »

Cheeseburgers and Fries

Cheeseburgers and Fries

I know that a foraging section is supposed to be filled with healthy and fresh ingredients that reflect the different seasons and the diverse array of foods we can enjoy. What’s wrong with admitting that I love to hunt down great burgers and fries in a city that’s filled with them? These are Shake Shack  Continue Reading »

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

I seriously want to meet the person who names all of the Heirloom tomatoes. Imagine that gig? Talk about fun…. I have often tried to find my “favorite” Heirloom tomato. The one that I wait for all season. While some have come close (Purple Cherokee, Brandywine), there is a roadblock that stands in the way  Continue Reading »

Chives

Chives

I really think chives are underrated. They are a ubiquitous workhorse herb that doesn’t get enough credit. I love to mince them finely and sprinkle them wherever I want a hint of mild onion flavor: soups, salads, fish. I also love to cut them into small pieces and toss them with other greens that I  Continue Reading »