Creating Your ‘Horn of Plenty’

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Food blogger and photographer Pattie Garrett and I were trading ideas for cooking various vegetables last month when the traditional Thanksgiving cornucopia came up. Pattie recalled that her mother had always had a “horn of plenty” on her Thanksgiving meal tables but that she herself hadn’t carried on the tradition. Pattie’s stories […]

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World’s Easiest Acorn Squash Recipe

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  This recipe, adapted from Southern Living, allows for the hard winter squashes that provide the perfect stored crops for the winter an opportunity to cook while you sleep. All you need is butter, maple syrup, and a crockpot (or slow cooker). And, of course, the squash. ½ cup water 2 acorn squashes, cut in […]

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Roots of the Green Bean Casserole | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know … that the green bean casserole was a home economist’s creation? Home economist Dorcas Reilly was working for the Campbell’s Soup Co. test kitchens in New Jersey in 1955 when she received a phone call from a reporter seeking a recipe for a vegetable side dish. According to a […]

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More Than a Can of Beans | Did You Know…

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by Himanee Gupta-Carlson For the past two weeks, I have been collecting donations from Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. The goal of this program is to connect those who need food the most with the local farmers who grow it. As a volunteer for both the market and the […]

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Colorful, Impulsive, and Quick

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson The other night I came home at sunset to find a kitchen turned upside down. With about ten minutes, I needed to prepare vegetables for dinner. I turned to three key words: color, impulse, and quick. In the garden, I picked a handful of the last of our deep green komatsuna (one […]

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Potatoes: Starch, Waxy, and Those In-Between | Did You Know…

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Photos by: Pattie Garrett of My Saratoga Kitchen Table There are more than 100 varieties of potatoes sold throughout the United States and one visit to the farmers’ market will reveal several locally grown varieties. However, selecting the best potato for baking whole, making fries or mashing can be a bit daunting amidst the variety. […]

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Squash | Did You Know…

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It seems to happen almost overnight at the end of summer. Suddenly, brightly colored pumpkins and exotic winter squashes make an appearance at the market and the fall has asserted its presence. Winter squash is a staple throughout the fall, winter, and early spring as it may be cured and stored for two to five […]

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Mussels and the “R” Months | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know that some people claim that one should not eat mussels in months whose names do not include an “R”? This myth has been largely debunked by the fact that many mussel varieties are now cultivated safely year-round. However, ever since I moved to the Northeast six years ago, I […]

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The Sweet Sensation of Bitter Melon

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson I can’t let the summer pass without at least one thought about my favorite gourd, the bitter melon. It is a light green, somewhat bumpy cylindrical squash sold at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market primarily by The Otrembiak’s. It is native to China but popular throughout southeast and South Asia. I grew up […]

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From Fork to Farm | Did You Know…

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Did you know … that composting fruit and vegetable scraps along with other matter can create new soil in as little as 20 days? The Friends of the Market volunteers invite Saratoga Farmers Market shoppers who do not have an easy way to compost such materials to bring them to our compost bin at the […]

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