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Friday Links: Love Your Summer Produce

Posted Sep 14 2008 1:28pm

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Do you know my least favorite thing about summer in New York City? The hot, humid weather. On the other hand, one of my favorite things about summer in the city is all the fantastically fresh produce spilling out of greenmarkets and groceries everywhere I go. Just when I least feel like cooking (ugh, heat!) there's all this great food I can either eat as is or in a salad!

I whole-heartedly concur with this Washington Post article about eating fruits and vegetables. Along with exercising, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is probably the best preventative medicine out there.

Guess what's in Jonny Bowden's list of the 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating? That's right, mostly fruits and vegetables.

A raw beet slaw is pretty easy, but if and when I feel like cooking I'd like to try Mark Bittman's beet rosti with rosemary.

As for cabbage, Kalyn Denny posted some fresh takes on cole slaw on Blogher.com. Check out the additional recipes in the comments section.

By the way, blueberries are in season right now! They're good as a topping on your cereal or just by the handful as a snack.

Vital Juice has a list of what's ripe now along with suggestions for each fruit or vegetable. Roasted tomatoes sound good, but I love my tomatoes Spanish style -- just chopped up and marinated in olive oil and salt. Heirloom tomatoes are just around the corner. I can't wait! If you're in California you can enjoy them now.

I know that organic is usually the best choice (especially if it's also local), but it's not always an available and especially not always affordable. If you're wondering how to prioritize your organic spending, see the Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

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