My Very Own Shanghai Surprise!

May 8, 2019

I love trying new varieties of fruits and vegetables. So I was very excited to see a basket of green vegetables at the store labeled “Shanghai.”

They look like little baby bok choys, but who knows? Maybe they’re something completely different! Only one way to find out… bring some home and eat them! Read the rest of this entry »

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Introducing… Golden Nugget Squash!

March 28, 2018

Earlier this week I rebooted “What’s In The Crockpot?” – a blog post that I used to do regularly. Guess what? Time for another reboot!

I have a whole archive of posts called “The Produce Aisle”, and each one is about a new-to-me fruit or veggie, that I brought home, researched, and cooked. It’s a way to expand my horizons and try new things, while still eating healthily, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!

My produce experiment this time around is… Read the rest of this entry »


Crispy Eggplant Chips

October 11, 2016

Here’s an easy, healthy snack for when you’re craving potato chips but don’t want all the carbs: eggplant chips! All you need are Japanese eggplants, and a few things you probably already have in your cupboard.

japanese-eggplant

Potatoes have about 3 times the carbs that eggplants have (17 grams vs. 6 grams, respectively, per 100 grams), so it Read the rest of this entry »


I Learned All About Kohlrabi and Then Cooked It Three Ways

August 3, 2016

Ever had kohlrabi? I came across it at Eastern Market in Detroit, and I was in the mood to try something new, so I bought it. (Full Disclosure: I’m pretty much always in the mood to try something new.)

kohlrabi-with-greens

Kohlrabi is a vegetable, related to cabbage, broccoli, and kale. The name is German in origin, loosely translated as Read the rest of this entry »


Zucchini Spaghetti

February 12, 2016

I love a fun kitchen gadget. My friends know it, too. So when I was chatting with my friends Kristy and Mike a few weeks ago, Kristy asked if I had a Veggetti. I didn’t – I hadn’t even heard of it – and we moved on to other topics of conversation. Then, three days later, a package arrived. Kristy and Mike sent me a Veggetti!

A veggetti is a simple little spiral slicer that Read the rest of this entry »


This Vegetable is Dangerous. Seriously. It Will Hurt You.

January 8, 2015

My friend Jen was at the supermarket when she saw something she knew I’d love. So she bought it for me. There was just one problem: it’s really hard to handle, because it’s covered in thorns. And they hurt.

thorny-spiny-chayote

It’s called a thorny chayote, and the thorns are no joke. Jen wrapped it in a towel to bring it to my house, and the only I could manage to hold it, even for a little while, was to Read the rest of this entry »


Hmmm… Better Do Something With These Pigeon Peas!

November 26, 2013

I’ve been in fridge-clean-out mode for the past few days. This happens before I travel – I make an effort to consume all my fresh produce, so nothing goes bad while I’m gone. I’m headed to Colorado for Thanksgiving tomorrow (Have you taken my Thanksgiving Pledge yet? Click here), and want to come home to an empty crisper drawer so I can fill it with fresh new things.

The other night, I found these in the back of my fridge:

pigeon-peas-in-hand

Pigeon Peas! I bought these at the farmers market, and they got pushed behind a taller item in my fridge. Thankfully, they were in a container designed to extend the life of produce, so they were still good! But I’ve never eaten pigeon peas before, so one question remained: What was I going to do with them?

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