Rutabaga. Fruit of Subterranean Darkness.

At first I was going to title this post, “Rutabaga, It’s Not a Turnip,” a quote from Andrea Cheesman’s The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook.  But it didn’t quite give the rutabaga its due.  While a wonderful veggie resource, in her section on rutabagas, Andrea seemed unable to mask her lack of enthusiasm for this week’s vegetable.  Thankfully, I found the Advanced Rutabaga Studies Institute, and it wasn’t a front for a viagra site, as I’d originally feared.  (Sorry ARSI.)   The Rutabaga is related to the turnip.  To my untrained eye, purple top turnips and rutabagas are identical twins.  The word rutabaga hails from the swedish words for  “thick root.”...more

I don't think I've ever tried a rutabaga.  I love roasted sweet potatoes and roasted ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Winter Veggie Vendor #2

Winter farmers’ markets aren’t all preserved or prepared foods.  Here’s vegetable round 2 from the Fort Collins Winter Farmers’ Market, held on January 23rd.  I am grateful for the veggie variety, but surprised by the lack of farmers growing fresh vegetables in greenhouses.  Colorado is known for 300 days of sun.  Farmers’ markets, like this one, prove there is a demand for fresh, local food in winter.  Will we see more  farmers building greenhouses in the near future?...more

Eating Local Made a Little Easier

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May Your Kohlrabi Always Be Sweet

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who could write clever taglines when signing their name.  Like on a birthday card, yearbook, or going-away poster secretly tacked up in a conference room for you to sign, before sending a co-worker on to bigger and better things. Two phrases, written to me, stick out.  First is “Stay Gold,” which my middle-school soccer teammate penned on my stuffed cat, a collective birthday gift made from material meant to write on (not an actual cat).  Most people wrote things like, “have a good one” or “nice getting to know you this season.”  But not Cyd.  “Stay Gold” was a reference to the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” recited by teenage heartthrob C. Thomas Howell in the movie “The Outsiders.”  Ralph Macchio (you know, the Karate Kid guy) played Johnny, who, moments before his character’s tragic demise, remembered the poem C. Thomas had read to him and told him to “Stay Gold.”  Cyd was much cooler than I was. The second phrase is “May your kohlrabi always be sweet,” written by Ivy Manning to me when signing a copy of her cookbook.  I was struck by it because I always think it’s a trick when people tell me a vegetable I haven’t tried is sweet, and because it was a cool vegetable tagline–and hey, I write about vegetables, maybe I need a cool vegetable tagline! That was six months ago. I still don’t have a cool vegetable tagline, but at least I’ve finally tried kohlrabi, ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market

Considering Cabbage

Coleslaw and Cabbage Patch Kids were my only experience with cabbage as a kid.  Except I didn’t actually eat the coleslaw (or the Cabbage Patch Kids), I just pushed it around on my plate.  Unless it was on top of a barbecued pork sandwich (vinegar style, of course) from Kepleys in High Point, North Carolina, my parents’ barbecue joint of choice since it opened in the 50s.  But their slaw was chopped up so fine, if there was an offensive vegetable in there, I didn’t know it.  And I certainly didn’t know that it was made out of cabbage.   It was some mysterious vegetable named “cole.”  ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Spicing it Up!

Chef Jay Strom of From Beginning to End Foods, is one of the newest vendors to begin attending the Denver Indoor Farmers’ Market.  He had an impressive variety of freshly ground gourmet spices, spice blends, dips and sauces.  This got my creative juices flowing….so many flavor combinations, so little time. ...more

Garden Catalogs: Getting Behind the Birds, and Now the Bees

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Hopefully by now you've amassed a good-sized pile of well-thumbed garden catalogs, already marked with sticky tabs and yellow highlighter, or at least a few turned-down pages. I'm still hoping to spend some more quality time with mine and a mug of hot chocolate. Or maybe you're glued to the computer screen dazzled by the bright colors and earnest promises of the seed... Read the rest at www.thegardenbuzz.com  ...more

What's Cookin??

 I love to cook and always have! I cook at least twice everyday from scratch I tell you!! I am a Taste of Home magazine Field Editor and love it!! Taste of Home is a great magazine for home cooks. The pictures you see here are not by professionals because I am not a professional anything. My husband Sean takes all of my pictures. Without him you would have a pictureless blog. I love to cook and that is the reason for this blog....more