Holiday Seasonal Eating
Eating Seasonally for the Holidays
It’s easy to eat seasonally during the holidays. Our bodies are craving warming comfort foods like squash and potatoes, and winter cries out for spiced apple pies, cobblers, and hearty soups and stews featuring root cellar vegetables. Even though we are able to buy lettuce, tomatoes, and other summery fare, our tastebuds naturally drift toward the foods that have staying power and just the kind of nutrition we need at this time of year to stay healthy.
Our farmers will be supplying us with onions, garlic, squash, potatoes, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, and celeriac through the cold months. Here's what we have in stock right now.
Enjoy local flavors of the season, eat fresh and healthy, and support our farmers, all while enjoying the holidays!
Winter Cooking Techniques
Crock Pot Cooking
Winter is a great time to break out the slow cooker for easy, hearty stews that cook slowly all day and are ready when you are. Here are a couple recipes to get you started:
Roasting does not require much fat, is easy, warms up the kitchen nicely, and brings out the flavor of vegetables and meats. You could also roast apples and pears. So dust off your pans and get roasting. Here are some recipes that feature roasted vegetables.
Braising is a classic winter cooking technique in which the main ingredient is seared or browned in fat, and then simmered in liquid on low heat in a covered pot. The best equipment to use would be a crock pot or Dutch oven such as a LeCrueset enamel covered pot with a lid. You can braise just about any meat, fish or vegetable. Tougher cuts of meat are great for braising because the result is tender and flavorful. Braising hardy vegetables such as squash, sweet potatoes, leeks, parsnips, carrots, beets, cabbage, and onions yields a lovely texture and variable flavor depending on what kind of braising liquid you use. Possibilities include water, meat and vegetable broths and wine.
Try these recipes: