Sweet Potato or Yam?
Tuber tutorial — here’s what you need to know!

If you’re a little confused about the differences between yams and sweet potatoes, you’re not alone. Many of us think about fluffy, soft orange yams topped with marshmallows served at Thanksgiving — but chances are, you have never tasted a true yam. What we call 'yams' are in fact sweet potatoes. And sweet potatoes are not potatoes. But many stores use the terms ‘yams’ and ‘sweet potatoes’ interchangeably to describe these tubers. Why?

Winter Squash
Fall Harkens Arrival of Winter Squash

The Fall farmers market is full of colorful displays of many varieties of winter squash in all shapes and sizes — from familiar pumpkins and butternut squash to more exotic items like turban and kabocha squash. Our market chef, Andrew Cohen, shares his tips for selecting the best winter squash.

Pomegranates
Ruby Jewels of Autumn

Many scholars believe that the forbidden fruit that Eve could not resist was a pomegranate, not an apple. The name comes from Middle French, pomme garnete, which means ‘seeded apple.’ Whether you enjoy snacking on the tangy, juicy arils (seeds) or sipping a glass of juice, pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods you can eat!

Brussels Sprouts
A Very Healthy and Versatile Vegetable

A relative newcomer to the vegetable world, Brussels sprouts have only been around for five hundred years, whereas there are records of cabbages that go back three thousand years. Why the name ‘Brussels’ sprouts? It is thought that they have always grown near Brussels and they became associated with the area. Thomas Jefferson was an avid farmer, and his are the first records of Brussels sprouts in North America from 1812.

Edible Paradise :: Seasonal Cooking

MBCFM Recipes

From Our Markets to Your Table

Edible Paradise celebrates the year-round abundance of the highest quality, freshest food grown on the Central Coast by our family farmers at the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets. If you enjoy preparing and eating locally grown food, this blog is for you!

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Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen

Homemade holiday gifts

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If you are pondering making holiday gift ideas for friends or coworkers, you might not have to go any further than your own kitchen for inspiration. Ingredients like dried fruits and nuts are plentiful at the farmers markets, just in time for making some delectable confections or savory snacks.

Late fall and winter fruits make excellent fruit butters and chutneys. When elegantly wrapped or bottled, homemade products from your kitchen make memorable gifts. Here are some of our favorite recipes and gift ideas — Continue Reading →

Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner — a Vegan!

Gather and give thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday — hands down, the best holiday of all. When the first of November rolls around, planning my annual Thanksgiving dinner begins to dominate my Pinterest and blog meanderings as I search for new ideas and foods to make for my family and friends. Like many, our Thanksgiving menu is centered on the traditional roast turkey with my signature dressing, along with lots of side dishes and topped off with a smörgåsbord of desserts. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a family gathering and cooking memorable meals for my loved ones. Continue Reading →

The Great Pumpkin Pie Debate

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Choose the Right Pumpkin for Pie

Instead of reaching for a can of Libby’s commercially canned pumpkin, consider making your own delectable fresh pie filling with locally grown squash from the farmers market. But wait — which pumpkins are used for pies? Continue Reading →

The Secret to Making Great Soups

Making Homemade Stock

Whether you call it ‘stock’ or the trendier term ‘bone broth’ — healthy and flavorful soups start with a nutrient and mineral rich base of good stock. Bone based stocks provide minerals such as calcium, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, phosphorous, and other trace minerals. Stock can be made with left over bones from dinners or you can purchase bony parts of chicken, turkey, beef, or even fish to make stock. With the cooler fall weather, this is the ideal time to make a big pot of stock for making hearty soups, richly flavored gravies, and side dishes. Homemade stock is simple to make and the secret to creating great tasting soups. It adds a depth of flavor to homemade soup that commercially produced stock cannot. Continue Reading →

Cornbread – Made in the USA

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American Cornbread

Cornbread is an all-American bread, tracing its humble roots back to the days of the early settlers. When the first colonists arrived in North America, wheat flour was unavailable and they had to turn to local resources to make their breads. Corn was one of the first crops to be grown by the Native Americans, and ground corn had long been used for cooking. The settlers soon learned how to fashion breads from the meal ground from corn. And the rest is history – baked cornbread, hoecake, corn pone, johnnycakes, hushpuppies – all began here.

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