Oftentimes, carrots are harvested in the late Fall after we’ve had a good frost and are stored in dirt or sand by farmers just above freezing to for the entire winter (or until they sell out). The hard freeze causes the carrots to become sweeter as the starches change to sugar (just like parsnips) and […]
Don’t be so Parsnip-y!
The White Carrot stands alone, and its name is Parsnip…appearing perpetually dirty but boasting an amazingly sweet flavor and great nutrition, parsnips are almost the embodiment of the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, parsnips are like the estranged cousin of the more popular root vegetables. They aren’t carrots, though they look […]
Sweet Potatoes (Aren’t Yams)
When I was younger, I disliked sweet potatoes for the same reason I disliked many carrot dishes…they were too sweet. I would say “I didn’t like sweet potatoes,” and huff around a bit. What I meant was that I didn’t like them prepared with brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or any additional sweetness. I just […]
We’ve Got the Beets!
I am a big fan of beets. I absolutely love a good, hearty Borscht in the winter and in the spring and early summer I make a raw beet slaw with daikon and cabbage that is to die for. Mmmm beets. Now, to be fair, I was not always this in love with beets. In […]
What’s a Rutabaga?
I’m going to be completely honest with all of you. I have only cooked with rutabaga a handful of times and it was always as part of a roasted root vegetable side. Nothing interesting, creative, or unique. Nothing I would particularly want to write home about. It’s embarrassing, I KNOW! I’ve always viewed it as […]