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Chicken in a Pot

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Until quite recently, it was difficult or impossible to raise chicks in winter, so the term "spring chicken" referred to a small,...

Peas

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Peas are in season, and I'm not certain it matters. Even before I became a defender -- not quite an advocate, but a defender -- of frozen...

Pork Ribs

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
"Ribs" mean different things to different people -- there are braised ribs and broiled ribs, lamb ribs and beef ribs (even swordfish...

Arugula

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Arugula is often grouped with other strong-flavored greens, especially watercress and dandelions, but its distinctive, strong flavor is...

Rhubarb

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Despite its wide availability (and the fact that almost no one makes homemade pie anymore), rhubarb is still known primarily as strawberry's...

Radishes

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
You can buy radishes any time of the year, of course, usually overgrown, coarse, stripped of their leaves and thrown in a plastic bag....

Cucumbers

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Does anyone actually crave a cucumber? Not often, if at all. Even the best cucumbers are reliably crunchy, watery, and rather bland, and...

Cherries

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
In a way, life actually is like a bowl of cherries: imperfect. And, like life, a bowl of cherries almost always contains just enough really...

Okra

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Few vegetables evoke more polarized reactions than okra. To people who love it, its texture is wonderfully dense and sticky. To people...

Zucchini

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
When zucchini's in season -- right about now -- it's everywhere. Every summer, vegetable gardeners (and CSA shareholders) face a few weeks...

Corn

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Think about it: If frozen corn is good (and it is; I frequently and happily use it year round), how could fresh corn not be sublime? It's...

Eggplant

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Often, I'm asked about my favorite foods. And though I don't like "favorites" questions (I don't really have to choose, do I?),...

Lobster

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
Lobsters aren't a truly seasonal food; they're available year round, and they're often actually more plentiful (and therefore cheaper)...

Ice Cream

Mark Bittman  10.10.2011
There is good ice cream out there, even in supermarkets, but only ice cream from the best shops and restaurants can compare to ice cream...