Fall in the Northeast

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Last Updated on May 20, 2015 by Chef Mireille

How things can change in one week?

Last week, I was still wearing shorts and summer berries were everywhere at my local food coop.

This week, it is 20 degrees colder, forcing me to put away those summer shorts and sandals and pull out the fall jackets, boots and the scarves.  At the food coop, cranberries, pumpkins, squashes and gourds were everywhere.  At the farmer’s market I visited in Westport, CT I was in gourd city.  How quickly the seasons can change in one week!

With a new season brings new ideas.  I will be starting two new series on the blog & I need your feedback!

Spices and Herbs
What’s your mystery spice? 

I get questions like this from people all the time: “I have heard of caraway (insert your mystery spice) and even seen it at the supermarket, but I have no idea what to do with it? Where does it come from?  How do you use it?

Every month I will be featuring one spice and herb, giving you a little history and valuable information about how to use it and then there will be at least 3 recipes in the month featuring the mystery spice of the month.

I have already picked the November spice (when the video series starts), but I want your feedback for upcoming months.  Please comment and let me know what’s your mystery spice or herb and I will feature it in the upcoming months.

Ingredient of the Month
In addition to the Spice/Herb of the month, we will be having an ingredient of the month with several recipes, featuring the star ingredient.  It can be anything from a condiment to a vegetable to an unusual meat. 

Again, your feedback is needed.  Is there an ingredient you have always wanted to try but don’t how to use.  Please comment (just click where it says clever thoughts) and I will include it in the upcoming months.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Chef Mireille
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