Know Your Produce: Dragon’s Tongue Beans

Know Your Produce: Dragon’s Tongue Beans

Dagon Tongue beans are an open pollinated heirloom variety originally cultivated in the 18th Century in the Netherlands. The bean has a warm cream color with vivid violet variegations throughout its stringless pod. Its shape is broad and the bean measures to an average of six inches in length. The pods are crisp and succulent…

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Raw Beet Salad

Raw Beet Salad

Ingredients 1 to 1½ pounds beets, preferably small 1 yellow onion or 2 large shallots Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or to taste 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sherry or other good strong vinegar 1 sprig fresh tarragon, minced, if available 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves Instructions Peel…

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Freezing the Summer

Freezing the Summer

The Klesick family has been in full freezing mode for the last few weeks and will probably continue here for the next few as well. Years ago, canners (those people who canned fruits and vegetables) would put up lots of jars for the winter food supply.  People canned meats, veggies, fruit and sauces when the…

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Know Your Produce: New Potatoes

Know Your Produce: New Potatoes

New potatoes are freshly harvested young, or small, potatoes. They have paper-thin skins and lots of moisture inside, and they tend to be sweeter than older potatoes (in much the same way that freshly picked corn is so much sweeter than cobs that have been sitting around for a few days). New potatoes are pure…

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Drinking In Summer

When I think of summer, I think of long days by the beach, sandy hair, afternoon naps, cozy evenings by the bonfire, and laughter, much laughter. Summers in Peru were always filled with family, simple meals and refreshing aguas frescas. If you never had agua fresca (Spanish for fresh water), it is a light, kid-friendly…

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