Foods in Season: April

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Some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for April include:

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula (Rocket)
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Dandelion greens
  • Fava Beans
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Horseradish
  • Leeks (end of season)
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Limes
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peas
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

How to Shop like a Chef in your Neighborhood

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Using fresh ingredients is key to creating seasonally rich meals. There are green markets throughout the five boroughs that offer the freshest produce you can find.Below are the top markets throughout the city where you can find the ingredients for your meals, just as the Chef’s of NYC do:

  • The Sunnyside Greenmarket– From seafood to honey to fresh bread to wine, this farmers market has a bit of everything.
    Saturday 8am-3pm- Skillman Ave btwn 42 & 43 Street, Queens, NY- Website
  • Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal Greenmarket– This is the good to market when the weather is not on your side. You’ll be able to find everything you need in NYC’s first indoor Greenmarket. This location often has activities and cooking demonstrations too!
    Tuesday & Friday 8am-7pm.- 4 South Street- Website
  • Fulton Stall Market– This market will be expanded last year and it is better than ever. Just one exciting vendor within the line up boasts 19 varieties of cooking greens!
    Sunday 10am-4pm– South Street between Peck Slip and Rive St., under the awning of the Fulton market Building, New York, NY- Website
  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket– This is the second-largest location in the Greenmarket circuit and it is sure to delight anyone looking for fresh goods and produce.
    Saturday 8am-4pm– Prospect Park West & Flatbush Ave- Website
  • Park Slope Farmer’s Market– Take a peek at the market’s website before heading out for the day for a list of vendors that will be selling!
    Sunday 11am-5pm– 5th Ave. and 4th St., Brooklyn, NY- Website
  • Eagle Street Rooftop Farm– Since May is leaf season, so now is the perfect time to buy some mustard greens, lettuces, and various radishes. You can also find a great fresh selection of herbs like chives, sage and oregano.
    Sundays 9am-4pm– 44 Eagle St., Brooklyn, NY- Website 
  • Union Square Greenmarket– This year round market features 140 regional farmers, fisherman, and bakers.
    Friday & Saturday 8am-6pm– 17th St. from Broadway to Park Ave. South, New York, NY- Website

Happy shopping!

Grilling: Corn with Herb Butter and Corn Nuts


Grilled Corn with Herb Butter and Corn Nuts


Makes 4 servings
What you’ll need:grilled-corn-with-herb-butter-and-corn-nuts-6461

  • 1/2 cup crumbled store-bought or homemade cornbread 
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mixed minced fresh chives, parsley, and thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ears of corn, husked, both ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped store-bought toasted corn

What you’ll need to do:

  • If using cornbread, preheat oven to 375°. Scatter cornbread on a small rimmed baking sheet. Bake cornbread crumbs until dry and lightly toasted in spots, about 10 minutes. Let crumbs cool on baking sheet on a wire rack. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, build a medium-high fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Mash butter and minced garlic in a small bowl to blend. Add herbs, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper; mix until well blended. Set herb butter aside.
  • Brush corn with oil; season lightly with salt. Grill corn, turning ears occasionally, until kernels are tender and nicely charred all over, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer ears of corn to a cutting board. Using oven mitts, hold down corn and cut each ear crosswise into 4 pieces. Place on a platter.
  • Brush herb butter all over each piece of corn. Sprinkle chopped toasted corn, then toasted cornbread crumbs, if using, over buttered corn.

Recipe & picture from Bon Appetit

Home Garden: edition 2

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Arugula

Arugula is home garden friendly. Growing fresh arugula will offer a zest to your home recipes that could not be achieved with the store bought variety. There are many helth benefits to incorporating more arugula into your diet, with high in folic acid, vitamin A, C, and K, and rich in iron and copper, your body will thank you!

Give this Arugula Pesto recipe a try to spice up sandwiches and pastas this spring.

Rosemary

Rosemary grows similar to a weed and will require little effort and a great supply. Rosemary stimulates the immune system, increases circulation, improves digestion, contains anti-inflammatory compounds, and  increase the blood flow to the brain, improving concentration. Chicken, lamb, pork, salmon, and tuna dishes will benefit from this aromatic sprig.

Add a fresh pop of flavor into dessert with this Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Pistachio and Rosemary.

Spearmint

Having access to fresh mint year round is a great resource. Within a garden, the mint plant is a bit invasive. It is best to plant mint in a large half-barrel or plastic pot and leave it outdoors year-round. Simple as that! Spearmint is packed with minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.

Cool down with this Spearmint Juleps recipe.

Enjoy!

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Home Garden

The best part of Spring is the ability to bring fresh home grown produce and herbs into your meals. Over the next few weeks, as it continues to warm up in NYC, Relish brings you the best produce to grow and some tips and tricks to get the most from your home garden.

Produce

Fennel

Fennel can be grown at home in a backyard garden. You will need a significant amount of space for this plant to flurish, at least a 12 inch diameter. This is a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet, if you have not tried it yet. Fennel offers a verity of health benefits including reducing symptoms of non-ulcer dyspepsia, treating respiratory disorders, maintains healthy levels of cholesterol, reduces high blood pressure, reduces the risk of breast and liver cancer, and increases brain function. additionally, it helps protect against the harmful effects of radiation during cancer treatment.

Give this Watercress and Fennel Salad with Blood Orange and Thyme Vinaigrette recipe a try with your fresh fennel bulbs.

Snow Peas

Snow Peas are perfect for a small window garden at home. These vertical plants grow quickly and they do not require much attention. Plant peas now because they produce in the cooler months of the spring. Snow Peas are an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, and manganese.

Give this Snow Pea & Sweet Potato Salad with Walnut- Basil Pesto recipe a try with your vibrant snow peas.

Beets

Beets are another easy to grow and enjoy throughout the spring. If you are space wary, “Mini Ball” and “Baby Bal” variates do especially well in containers. The health benefits of beets are vast and include assisting in lower blood pressure, boosting your stamina, fighting inflammation, anti- cancer properties, and are rich in fiber.

Heat up your oven and give this Beetroot and Goat Cheese Tart a try with your fresh home grown beets.

Enjoy!

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