Radishes

A vegetable delight

radishesPhotographed by Jim Stott

Little did we know when starting to investigate the humble radish that this healthy little vegetable comes in so many varieties and stars in so many wonderful recipes. The name radish comes from the Latin word for “root” and is a plant in the same family as horseradish and turnip. With a mild peppery flavor and distinctive crunch, radishes are a great spring garden plant. They are easy and quick to grow, and they thrive in almost any season, in any climate. Because radishes do not require a lot of space or attention, you can grow them in containers or in a traditional garden bed. Either way, expect a harvest about one month after sowing the seeds—ideal for those of us who love instant gratification!

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Doug's Homemade Grilled Pizza

DougsPizza Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Doug's Homemade Grilled Pizza Ingredients 1 cup warm water 1 package dry yeast 2½ tablespoons olive oil 2½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading 1½ teaspoons kosher salt Pinch of black pepper Directions Make the pizza dough 1. Place yeast in a mixing bowl; add the yeast and let stand for 10 minutes until foaming. 2. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse them until mixed. 3. Dust countertop lightly with flour. Turn out dough onto the counter and...

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Asparagus

Asparagus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar In Maine, we have enough strawberry and clam festivals to pack the summer calendar. So it makes perfect sense that in Stockton, California, people celebrate the incredible and versatile asparagus at an annual asparagus festival, complete with a Chef of the Fest competition, an asparagus-eating contest, and a Spear-it Run. While we don't have a festival devoted to asparagus, we do want to highlight this remarkable and very popular vegetable, which is at its best locally in early to midspring. Asparagus is one of...

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Spring Tarts

Stonewall_StrawberrySourCreamTart Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Sweets made simple with strawberries and key limes Strawberry Sour Cream Tart - Coastalhg.com - Photographed by Jim Stott Two delightful spring fruits have no culinary connection to each other, but we are going out on a limb and featuring both of them anyway! Each speaks to the freshness of spring in color and taste, and both make wonderful desserts. The tiny, bright, and remarkably flavorful key lime and the luscious, ripe strawberry are two of nature’s finest accomplishments. Peak season for key lime...

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Apples

Stonewall_ApplePie Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar The New Englander’s favorite fall and winter fruit Photographed by Jim Stott   The apple crop is the quintessential New England harvest. Although not native to North America, the apple represents all we hold dear about life in the United States. “As American as apple pie” says it all. Food historian Constance J. Cooper says settlers carried seeds from Europe to North America. In 1625, William Blaxton, an Anglican priest, planted New England’s first apple orchard on land that became Boston’s Beacon...

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