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Save the apples!

In our work with the Countryside Conservancy, we came across this 2010 Apple Manifesto compiled by the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) Alliance. The organization claims that our nation’s great “apple culture” is in big, big trouble thanks, in part, to the mind-boggling loss of apple diversity in the last century. Before we continue with the stunning facts associated with this issue, consider the beauty and tradition of this heartfelt fruit. A quick on-the-go snack, an easy side dish for the kids, a pie-filler, a cider maker, a sauce. Apples are an active and affordable part of our lifestyle and our traditions, even in the off season. Now, consider this:* 1. Of some 15,000 to 16,000 apple varieties that have been named, grown and eaten on the North American continent, only about 3,000 remain accessible to American orchard keepers, gardeners, chefs and home cooks. 2.  Not even one-forth of the … READ MORE

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Sweet. Hot. Bacon. Popcorn.

While we’d love for you to dine with us every evening, we know that cold winter nights often call for a cozy couch, a warm blanket, and a great movie. But what movie night is complete without popcorn? This particular popcorn recipe is from Chef Ben‘s personal kitchen. It was a strong contender for the fall menu, but our farmers tell us that popping corn is very climate sensitive and didn’t yield the best harvest this season. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for next year. For those of you who can’t wait, here it is – 8 1/2 easy steps to Sweet Hot Bacon Popcorn. 1. Start your day with bacon and eggs. Cook up the whole pack in a frying pan, then pour the fat into a small bowl and save a few strips of bacon for later. 2. Heat a large stock pot on high. Combine a tablespoon … READ MORE

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Grill Great Veggies

All you grill-meisters out there might be masters of the meat and marinade domain, but when was the last time you grilled up a veggie dish worthy of a wonderful review? Spice Executive Chef Brandon Walukas offers up some tricks for your summer harvest in this super-simple “to taste” recipe, all while answering that age-old gardener’s question, “What the hell am I supposed to do with all this zucchini?” GRILLED ZUCCHINI + CORN Yield: 12 portions Please use this as a guideline and not an exact recipe. “Tt” stands for “to taste.” 3 large zucchini 6 ears sweet corn 1 head of garlic 1 bunch basil Tt sea salt Tt black pepper, fresh cracked Tt extra virgin olive oil Tt vinegar, cider or white balsamic Cut zucchini into quarters lengthwise, then cut at a 45-degree angle along the center of the squash to remove the seeded area. Season zucchini quarters … READ MORE

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