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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...

Cooked Tomatoes

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
Sometimes, even in-season tomatoes need a little help. By "help," I mean "heat." Cooking fresh tomatoes brings out...

Broccoli

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
You can badmouth broccoli all you like, but the fact is that it's everywhere, it's cheap, it's got more character than almost anything,...

Tomatoes

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
There are two kinds of summer tomatoes: those that are perfect, and all others. The others -- the imperfect ones -- benefit from being...

Peaches

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
Ripe peaches make a wonderful dessert eaten out of hand -- but if they're juicy (and they will be, if they're ripe), the only safe way...