June 3, 2013 by betsy
June is apricot month! Summer is finally here, but it still doesn’t feel like it here in the Midwest. It was a cold, rainy weekend and this week probably isn’t going to see over 70 degrees. Good thing we’re headed to sunny Mexico for a friend’s wedding this weekend!
Despite the cooler weather, we should start seeing local apricots popping up at farmers markets this month or next. In warmer climates around the country, you’re probably seeing them already! Apricots are a pretty versatile stone fruit in both sweet and savory applications, as well as fresh or dried. In fact when searching for recipes using apricots, most of them called for dried or canned apricots. So if you are the type to preserve your summer bounty, there are plenty of uses for those apricots this winter too!
Fresh apricots are full of vitamins C and A, and fiber. They can be tossed into salads, pureed and added to sauces or dessert toppings, grilled alongside your meat or baked into a pastry or cobbler. The possibilities are endless! Head on over to our apricot link party to find recipes or add some of your own!
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April 1, 2013 by betsy
photo courtesy of The Kitchn
Spring! I know it technically started last month, but it hasn’t really felt like it was here until this past weekend. But now that it’s here, it’s time to start thinking about what to put in your gardens this year. Enter arugula. This bright, peppery green is the perfect addition to your garden. And your salads, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and pesto. Arugula is such a versatile green, and it’s unique flavor can spice up any recipe by giving it a bite. Arugula is a staple in my home garden. It grows pretty quickly, so you can keep planting it all summer to enjoy. You’ll want to harvest the leaves before they flower, so they don’t become too bitter.
April is our SP anniversary, and we are thrilled that it is still going! We’ve both been able to experiment with ingredients that we may not have put first on our list, and found things we didn’t even know we liked. We look forward to featuring more seasonal produce and discovering more ways to use it.
We have a great collection of arugula recipes on our April potluck page. Come on by for some inspiration and to link up some of your own!
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February 3, 2013 by betsy
Winter is for citrus! Last February we featured oranges and this year is grapefruit. This is a great time of year to get your hands on some red grapefruit from Texas, known for it’s bright red color and sweetness. It’s also a great time of year to pump up your vitamin C intake (which grapefruit is full of) with the flu season still in full force!
I grew up eating grapefruits cut in half and scooping the segments out with one of those little serrated spoons. I always ate them plain (because I like tart things), but some people enjoy it with a little sugar sprinkled on top. I loved eating grapefruit when I was a kid, but I find I don’t eat it very much now. What a perfect time to reintroduce this fruit into my diet. That is what Seasonal Potluck is all about!
Please join us in sharing your grapefruit recipes this month! We also have a ton of great orange recipes on our link party from last February, but we’d love if you shared some more this year!
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December 3, 2012 by betsy
Happy December! A full year of Seasonal Potluck is coming to a close. We’ve featured many great ingredients, and this month is no different with the addition of kale. Kale is a superfood full nutrients like vitamins C & K and calcium, to name a few. Something healthy to add into your diet in addition to all those holiday cookies!
I stumbled a blog that is a sort of ode to kale, appropriately titled “I Love Kale“. Sarah Jane has some great information on the basics of how to prepare kale, as well as a variety of recipes!
Kale is not one of my favorites, but I like to keep an open mind when it comes to trying new recipes and featured ingredients. Betsy didn’t like sweet potatoes before we featured them one month – and now she loves them! So who knows, maybe I’ll be a kale addict by the new year! Be sure to share all of your kale and pear recipes on our December page. Happy holidays!
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