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From The Farmbox

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Shawn Traylor's kicks off his food co-op cooking odyssey. On the menu: Beef shortribs with beet orzo and a pea shoot gremolata.

Farmbox Ingredients: * Beets * Mixed color carrots * Hardneck garlic * Pea shoots   Listening to: * Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion * Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run * Mission of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches   All these root vegetables and nowhere to go but to the braised shortribs. Mario Batali’s shortribs from his Babbo cookbook......read more

From The Farmbox

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With his salsify apple crabcakes, Shawn Traylor turns an unsightly root vegetable into a delicious thing of beauty.

If you happen to be making a list of (or song about, coffee table book on…) the world’s filthiest and/or ugliest vegetables, please make sure to include salsify on your list. Would you just look at how ugly these things are?!? But, through the miracle of Photoshop, look how purty I made them.   I jest. No Photoshop trickery here, just some peeling, boiling, mashing, mixing,......read more

From the Farmbox

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Pics and notes from our NYC event with Wired.

So, I’m from Louisiana. And though I can’t be certain, I’m fairly sure that we Louisianians, categorically, are not known for eating a lot of beets. The same cannot be said for Russians, for whom beets……   Damn. I was about to say “are like potatoes to us." But that ain’t quite right. Russians heart their potatoes rather......read more

From the Farmbox

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Shawn Traylor ramps up his farmbox cooking adventure. On the menu: Mixed seafood grill with ramp pesto spaghetti.

It’s a fairly unassailable assertion that you’ve heard a bazillion times (possibly from a Brazilian?) – food cooked outside tastes better. I know. Duh, right? And there are many who would go further and argue that food cooked over charcoal is far superior to food cooked on a gas grill. I count myself among them. Then there is another smaller circle in the Fuel Preferences of......read more

Caribbean Oxtail Stew

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Strictly irie winter eats.

Ah yes, February, that regrettable time of year when, after several months of cold weather, you have to face the equally cold truth that Old Man Winter isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The easiest -- and most delicious -- way to transport yourself to warmer climes is via tropical cuisine. In this week's NYT Mag, Sam Sifton dishes up a recipe for a hearty Caribbean Oxtail Stew that's the......read more

Summer Picnic Libation: Cucumber Lemon Vodka

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Catch the summer spirit with this refreshing, boozy beverage

In the heat of summer, is there anything more refreshing than cucumber water? Nope. Add some booze to the mix and you have the perfect drink for a summer picnic. Well, not quite. Seattle designer and blogger Jean Lee has created a Cucumber Lemon Vodka Drink that might be the best-looking summer drink we've ever seen. Design*Sponge has the recipe.  Ingredients (makes......read more

Herbs Take Center Stage

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Mild-flavored herbs deserve starring roles

Is there anything in the world of food more lonely and pathetic than a single spring of parsley sitting on top of a main dish? Before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of tabbouleh or pesto, that was pretty much the extent of our understanding of parsley.  Today, herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil have become important elements of our culinary culture. Just look at......read more

Who Needs Pie?

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Fruit desserts that let the season's bounty shine

If you have functioning taste buds, you probably love pie. But baking pie is really an practiced artform, one that takes skill and patience, of which we have little. More often than not, the problem's in the crust. So we were super pleased to see, in this week's NYT Magazine, a Mark Bittman piece dedicated to fruity desserts that aren't pie. Bittman dishes up a bunch of options for crisps,......read more

Sesame Kale Salad

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Delicious Asian-style goodness from Fresh 365

If you grow veggies, kale is a no-brainer. It's super hardy and easy to grow, and you can grow choice varieties and harvest the fresh leaves when they are young and tasty. We're working on finding the best kale dishes around. This Sesame Kale Salad comes from Erin at Fresh 365, who made it from a bunch of leftover kale from her CSA. It worked out so well, she's going to seek out......read more

Sweet Corn Ceviche

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Seasonal sweet corn put to refreshing use by Sprouted Kitchen

Of the few great food blogs out there dedicated to local, organic fare, Sprouted Kitchen is tops. Every week, Sara Forte dishes up easy and delicous recipes with stunning photography courtesy of her husband, Hugh. For those of you still hanging on the last shreds of summer, Sara's Sweet Corn Ceviche is just the creation you've been waiting for. But act quick. Corn season just wrapped up, so this......read more

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