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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...

Bell Peppers

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
The perpetually underappreciated bell pepper is so often a bit player and so rarely the star. It's the afterthought of the vegetable world:...

Homemade Veggie Burgers

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
"Veggie burger" has become a catch-all term for any meatless patty, some of which I find ridiculous (the imitation-beef disks...

Green Beans

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
You can buy green beans all year long, whether fresh (ideal), frozen (not too bad), or canned (ugh) -- but fresh green beans are at their...

Carrots

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
Before most self-respecting Americans had ever heard of celeriac or jícama, carrots were practically the only root vegetable in town....

Mayonnaise

Mark Bittman  10. 9.2011
Mayonnaise is one of the few miracles of French cuisine that has become common in modern-day America. Sadly, we mostly eat mass-produced...