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You would think that cooking would destroy a strawberry and yet this approach takes it to a new level

You would think that cooking would destroy a strawberry and yet this approach takes it to a new level

Here in California we have a long and delicious strawberry season. Our own garden produces from late spring through the summer but the bumper crop across California hits in late April and early May. In fact there is a whole business model in central California of “corner strawberry stands” where the strawberries are grown on… Continue Reading

Roasted Pumpkin — For Pumpkin Puree or Pumpkin Spears

Roasted Pumpkin — For Pumpkin Puree or Pumpkin Spears

Roasted pumpkin is the key ingredient in pumpkin pies, other custards, and as a base in soup. The pumpkin is roasted and then pureed. However, as roasted vegetables become increasingly popular, we have also begun to enjoy roasted pumpkin as a side dish. Learn each method to enjoy the great flavor of pumpkin. Roasted Pumpkin… Continue Reading

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasting butternut squash is a simple way to enjoy its flavor and beauty. Once its roasted you can puree the butternut squash and use it in a variety of recipes for soups, breads, and desserts. The puree can be frozen in recipe-sized containers for ease of use. However, consider roasting butternut squash to serve as… Continue Reading

Roasted Green Tomatoes

Roasted Green Tomatoes

There are two great times in the season for green tomatoes: in July when you have a bumper crop and want to take advantage of the unique flavor of an unripe tomato. The second is late fall, just before a killing frost. In the past, I let my small green tomatoes fall victim to frost… Continue Reading

Roasting Green Beans

Roasting Green Beans

Once you’ve tasted the perfect roasted green bean, you may not want green beans cooked any other way — ever! The key is reaching that “perfectly roasted” state. If you haven’t found that point yet, here are some considerations. Choose the rounded slim beans that grow to about 6 inches long. Most filet beans fit… Continue Reading