Sunday, October 19, 2008

Seasonal Fresh Produce ~ OR ~ Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips and Turnips - Yuck!

One of my favorite things to do every month, although I'll admit it is very time consuming, is to research recipes for the best of the season's fresh produce. The column to the right includes a list of what's in season every month. Each item is connected to a link starring that particular fruit or vegetable in a yummy recipe just for you. Now, I can't say I've tried all of these recipes -- I'm only one woman after all -- but I do make every effort to carefully select the recipes I would want to try, if I had all the time in the world. Fortunately for me, some fellow food bloggers have posted these recipes, so I consider them to be quite reliable.

We all know how important it is to eat more fruits and vegetables, but let's face it, many of us are guilty of getting into a rut and choosing the same old things week after week. When confronted with something outside our comfort zone, we're afraid to try anything new or different. Or maybe you have a CSA and you've received something you've never seen before and have no clue how to prepare.

Whatever the reason you have for not trying things like turnips, parsnips, or Brussels sprouts, it's time to climb out of the rut and go for it. Check out October's best fresh produce to see what's available and choose one new thing to try. C'mon . . . it'll be good for you . . . you just might like it . . . I've gone to all this trouble . . . just one bite . . . you'll be my best friend.

6 comments:

maris said...

I actually LIKE brussel sprouts! Crazy, right? I'm not huge on cabbage yet I think roasted brussel sprouts are delicious.

Cora said...

Maris, I like to serve them roasted to my cooking classes and watch B-sprout haters turn into B-sprout lovers, right before my eyes!

Sean said...

Yuck? YUCK?!?! Those are many of my favorite vegetables! OK, I'll admit it took me 30-plus years to get into Brussels sprouts, but ever since a friend roasted them for me instead of boiling them down to a stinky mash, I'm in love. Add some bleu cheese and hazelnuts, and I'll propose marriage.

Cora said...

Sean, I know what you mean about B-sprouts. I hated them until I roasted them and then . . . love! Now I have my cooking classes make them and I sit back and watch them fall in love with them too. Turnips - not so much love there.

Julie said...

Hi Cora, I like your blog and I like this post. We have been enjoying parsnips! This humble little vegetable is great in soup. I found a recipe at youtube.com :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZGWEnqSrhI
I watched this video and I now make parsnip soup on a regular basis. Please watch the video if only to hear Luci Lock's lovely British accent!

Cora (Cora Cooks) said...

Julie, thanks for the link to the Parsnip Soup video. The soup looks and sounds delicious and, you're right, she does have a lovely accent.