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Learn how to select and cook summer squash in unexpected and satisfying ways, with a lesson featuring light, flavorful vegetarian recipes, including summer squash pasta studded with pecorino, almonds, tomatoes and garlic; grilled zucchini; roast zucchini lasagna with parmesan crisps; and pickled zucchini.
Inflorescents: Cauliflower and Artichokes
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Delve into recipes showcasing inflorescents - vegetables that also happen to be flowers - including cauliflower, broccoli, broccolini, squash blossoms, Romanesco broccoli, and broccoli rabe. Learn how to make two vegetarian dishes, cauliflower shawarma with tahini yogurt sauce and braised artichoke and potato stew, in addition to broccoli rabe with…
Fruits Masquerading as Vegetables
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Turn your attention toward fruit that we commonly think of as vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, and summer squash. Begin with a look at heirloom tomatoes, then learn how to prepare simple dishes bursting with flavor, including Catalan toast, caprese salad with burrata, stuffed tomatoes, and tabouleh salad.
Exotic Vegetables
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Markets are filled with seemingly strange - but delicious - vegetables you may never have tasted or worked with before. Here, learn how to use some of them, including cactus paddles, purslane, yucca, fig leaves, and spaghetti squash. Then, discover when and why organic produce might be worth the additional…
Herbs and Blossoms for an Elegant Dinner
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Conclude your exploration of vegetables by learning how to store herbs so they stay fresh longer. Then, dive into a menu that celebrates herbs, including grilled pizza with burrata, prosciutto, herb salad, and an olive "soil"; a not-so-bloody Mary; salmon-stuffed squash blossoms; faro and mushroom risotto with sage and thyme;…
Alliums: Onions and Garlic
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Take the mystery out of preparing onions, leeks, garlic, and shallots with recipes including a classic onion soup topped with croutons and gruyere; leek pizza with potatoes, teleme cheese, and truffle oil; an appetizer of roasted garlic and cambazola cheese on crostini; and baby leek salad.
Chili Peppers
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Walk through commonly found peppers in order of heat, from the ultra-mild bell pepper to the super-spicy habanero, then delve into recipes featuring these colorful "fruits." Start with a pre-Columbian salsa featuring pumpkin seeds and blackened habaneros; then make pickled stuffed jalapenos, a popular Mexican bar snack; and chilis rellenos…
Colorful Carrots
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Hear the case for cooking and creating with vegetables, then watch as Chef Briwa prepares savory and surprising dishes starring carrots, including carrot osso buco; carrot tartare; simmered baby carrots in butter sauce; and burnt carrot salad with goat cheese, arugula, and garlic chips.
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Marvelous Mushrooms
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How do mushrooms differ from other vegetables? Here, Chef Briwa highlights the unique properties of mushrooms and the flavor and textural variances found in varieties from shitake to crimini. Then, watch as he creates two dishes bursting with umami: a vegetable pot pie and tamales filled with maitake, trumpet royale,…
Salad Greens and Lettuces
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Discover how to store, wash, dry, and revive salad greens to make satisfying dishes, including a simple butter lettuce salad; tomato, arugula, and mozzarella salad with pesto dressing; kale salad with tapenade and pecorino; hot bacon-wrapped endive salad with fingerling potatoes; parsley salad with garlic and parmesan; and bacon and…
Field Greens and Cooking Greens
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Discover how tasty nutrient powerhouses like kale, chard, mustard greens, and even "weeds" like dandelion and purslane can be when seasoned and cooked properly. Learn how to make the Greek dish, horta, featuring a mix of "braising greens"; mustard green salad with prosciutto; and gnocchi with spinach and pancetta.