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Autumn Squash Recipes
Cooked and mashed, pureed in soups, or stuffed and baked, butternut squash and acorn squash add warm, rich color and flavor to autumn meals.
Broccoli, Cauliflower , & Brussels Sprouts
Hereīs buying, storage and cooking tips plus recipes for three of the most popular vegetables in the cabbage family - Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts.
Buying and Storing Specialty Melons
These once "exotic" melons are now widely available in supermarkets, depending on their peak season
Buying and Storing Tropical Fruit
Tropical fruit is a delicious part of summertime eating.
Buying, Storing & Preparing Berries
Hereīs Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry and Strawberry buying and storage tips + recipes.
February is National Cherry Month. The pretty red color makes cherries a perfect fruit for Valentineīs Day recipes and Presidentīs Day recipes.
Fall is For Apples
Fall is the season for fresh apples. Hereīs information and recipes for Americaīs favorite fruit - Updated with new recipes for 2007.
Fall is For Pumpkins
Itīs autumn and pumpkins can be found everywhere! Most will become Jack Oī Lanterns, but pumpkins are not just for carving. They īre a very edible winter squash.
Freezing Green Beans
Freezing is the easiest way to preserve fresh summer green beans to enjoy all year long. For the highest quality and nutrition, they should be frozen at the peak of freshness.... as soon after harvesting as possible.
Freezing is an excellent way to store and preserve home-grown vegetables or farm-fresh vegetables bought at low late summer prices.
Fresh Sweet Corn
Fresh corn season is here. Corn brightens a meal. Itīs one of the most loved of all vegetables. Hereīs a few corn facts, buying, storing, and cooking information plus recipes.
Finding good, new zucchini recipes seems to be an annual challenge for some people who grow the summer squash in their backyard garden.
Applesauce can be made in large quantities and canned using the boiling water bath canning method
Late season cabbage makes better sauerkraut. For the cabbage to ferment properly, always measure accurately & follow the directions closely.
Itīs Fresh Strawberry Season!
Strawberries can be found in supermarkets almost any time of year, but fresh locally grown berries are ripe and ready to enjoy in many areas this time of year.
Salad Recipe Index
Recipes for salads from the Home Cooking recipe archives
Side Dish Recipe Index
Recipes for vegetable & fruit side dishes - from the Home Cooking Recipe Archives.
Simply Sweet Potatoes
Some sweet potato facts plus recipes for Baked Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Fries, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Baked Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes and more.
Summer melons are some of natures sweetest treats. Fresh, sun ripened melons capture the taste the summer. A slice of ice cold watermelon, half a cantaloupe or a piece of honeydew...lightly chilled, ready to scoop and enjoy are part of the fun of summer
The Cabbage Family - Cabbage Facts & Recipes
Cabbage is very versatile. It can be shredded and eaten raw in a salad such as coleslaw or cooked for a simple but tasty side dish.
Vegetable Freezing Chart
Most fresh vegetables must be "blanched" before they are frozen. Blanching is a two-step process... Step one is immersing the vegetables in boiling water. In step two, the boiled vegetables are quickly cooled in cold water. This chart list blanching times.
A hollow carved watermelon is a perfect centerpiece and serving bowl for a fresh melon salad or fruit punch.
Apple Varieties & Uses [offsite link]
Click on the name of an apple variety, to see a picture of that kind of apple, a description(tart, sweet, juicy?), itīs best uses(eating, baking, sauces, salads?), itīs prime availability, plus special hints.
Choosing Fruit Thats Truly Ripe [offsite link]
Understand the ripening process and learn some tricks for telling which fruit is ripe now and which will get ripe once you take it home from the market.
Citrus Handling & Preparation Techniques [offsite link]
Basic techniques to use when preparing citrus fruit for serving or cooking + how to make attractive citrus garnishes.
Cooking with Beans [offsite link]
Whether you are using dry-packaged or canned beans, these tips will ensure the best tasting beans for all of your favorite recipes.
Florida Tropical Fruits [offsite link]
Click on the name of a tropical fruit for information and a picture.
Lightly steamed or boiled, fresh asparagus is a tasty, nutritious side dish. Youīll find a good supply of fresh "home-grown" asparagus at reasonable prices in supermarkets this time of year.
Fruit & Diabetes [offsite link]
This Diabetes information center page has an exchange list for canned, and dried fruits and fruit juices.
Garlicky Eggplant Recipe
Do you love eggplant? Try this garlicky recipe for a nice side dish. If you've never eaten eggplant, this is a good introduction to the fruit.
Greens, Greens, Greens [offsite link]
Romaine and Iceberg are great, but did you know there are more than a dozen other greens that can give salads a huge boost of nutrition and zing? Click on the name of a salad green to read what it is and get preparation tips and recipes.
How to Buy Fresh Fruits [offsite link]
Wholesomeness, quality, nutritive value, convenience, methods of use, labeling and grade designations, freshness, and ripeness are important points to consider. This printable brochure from the USDA will help you be an educated shopper.
How to Buy Fresh Vegetables [offsite link]
There are no set rules for buying fresh vegetables because they all have individual characteristics and values. This printable brochure from the USDA is a handy reference to help you make your selections.
How To Chop An Onion In Four Easy Steps [offsite link]
Learn how with illustrated instructions from "The Old Farmerīs Almanac".
How To Cut A Pineapple [offsite link]
Learn how to cut a pineapple... step by step... with pictures.
How to Make a Great Green Salad [offsite link]
Everyone knows how to make a green salad - just wash, dress, and toss. But few know how to make a really great green salad, like those served in the best restaurants, where tender, fresh greens are handled with care from garden to plate and tossed ever so gently with just the right amount of oil and vinegar. Wonderful salads arenīt hard to make; they just require care.
Orange Varieties [offsite link]
Information from Sunkist oranges about sizing, nutrition, buying, handling & storage of fresh oranges.
Recommended Uses for Washington Apples and Pears [offsite link]
Charts which describes the flavor and texture of apple and pear varieties and the best uses for each - eating fresh and in salads - using in pies, sauces, and baking.
Roots and Fruits Recipes
Winter (hard) squashes, root vegetables, dried fruits, and apples feature in these three recipes. Root vegetables are very grounding, as well as being full of vitamins and nutrients. You will find these recipes irresistible!
Salad Greens [offsite link]
Close up photos of some of the more poular salad greens such as iceberg , bibb, Boston, and greenleaf lettuce, endive, belgian endive, escarole and more, with substitutions and characteristics of each.
Stuffed Sweet Peppers & Tomatoes Recipe
Are you looking for an unusual yet tasty appetizer? Try this recipe; it offers an interesting and unique flavor blend. Your guests will love it!
The Fruit Pages.Com [offsite link]
Everything you wanted to know about fruit - Descriptions and pictures of every type, nutrition, selection and much more.
Two Apple and Root Recipes
Apples, yams, and carrots are full of Vitamins A, C, and some B vitamins, as well as Beta Carotene. Cook some of these up for a healthy and delicious meal; even your kids will eat these sweet treats!
Vidalia Onions [offsite link]
From Morris Farms Vidalia Onions, hereīs great Vidalia Onion recipes, handling and storage tips, and sweet onion facts.
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