My husband and I are members of a year-round CSA (community-supported agriculture, with shares for members). In Vermont. That
might leave you scratching your head, wondering what the heck we’re getting from a farm in Vermont in the middle of winter,
but it’s a pretty sweet deal. The farmers store a lot of
, plus they put up lots of goodies in the summer for the winter share. Just last week we got homemade pesto
and frozen tomatoes—a little taste of summer on a cold winter day!
Even though we do our best to eat locally, we do supplement what we eat—particularly in winter—with whatever’s in season
across the country. That means that this month, we’re eating loads of citrus
can’t get enough grapefruit, clementines and oranges. My body just seems to crave all that vitamin C in the wintertime. And
it doesn’t seem that a week can go by without having sweet
at least once. Sweet potatoes store well, so you might be lucky enough to find them at winter farmers’ markets near you. And
kale thrives in cooler weather, so depending on where you live, you might be able to get it fresh and locally grown as well!
Here are some of my favorite recipes for winter’s
best fruits and vegetables
in Spiced Turkey with Avocado-Grapefruit Relish
: The spice crust for the turkey cutlets is based upon a Berber
blend from North Africa. The honeyed grapefruit relish provides a lively contrast to the richly spiced turkey. Plus it’s
ready in 35 minutes, which is perfect for a busy weeknight.
in Pork, White Bean & Kale Soup
: Kale is matched up here with white beans and chunks of lean pork tenderloin to
create a soup that’s satisfying and quick to make. Smoked paprika gives the soup a Spanish flair so some warm bread and
sliced Manchego cheese would go well on the side. Is kale not your favorite dark leafy green? Get more recipes
for chard, spinach, collards and more
Try oranges in Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote
: This festive olive-oil cake can be made with orange
juice or Meyer lemon juice and gets an extra hit of citrus from the spiced orange compote that accompanies it. The cake
tastes even better if made a day in advance, as the flavors get a chance to intensify.
potatoes in Chile-Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
Give ordinary roasted sweet potatoes a big flavor boost with this
quick, Asian-inspired seasoning mix.