Each week, I stroll through the market scavenging for the best produce for our menu. I covet these summer months when the market is brimming with rows of golden cherry tomatoes, giant squashes, and ripe peaches. These open-air markets bring me back to Tuscany--especially when I see rows of bright sunflowers, or girasoli. To capitalize on these last summer days, I'm using this post to point out some of my favorite seasonal produce, and a few tips on how to navigate the market like a chef.
A day devoted to french fries is ridiculous only in that every day is a fine day for eating fries. So use National French Fry Day as an opportunity to take the fry path less traveled, like strips of summery zucchini or polenta-like chickpea flour fries. Here are eight ways to fuel your french fry addiction without eating your weight in spuds.
When I'm invited to a picnic, I'm almost certain there won't be many options for me -- I don't eat sandwiches or crisps, I try to avoid chocolate and cakes, and so might nibble on some fruit and maybe the odd piece of chocolate if I desperately want it. Putting together a small tray of healthy options, however, need not be complex and mind-boggling.