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Mushroom Heart

I ran across this mushroom heart while camping with my husband and two kids in the Chamberlain Basin of Central Idaho last October. 

-Sarah Wheeler

Beets are particularly defiant. First you must remove the unwieldy bouquet of greens. The naked roots still wear thin coats of soil. This last vestige of the beet’s former life must be scrubbed off until the water runs clear and your fingernails get a little dirty. Cold and wet, curled into a roasting pan with their long tails trailing behind, the beets appear foreign and unapproachable. Only when you roast them for an eternity and stain your hands all over again chopping them into submission do you have the makings of a fine salad, side dish, or sandwich stuffing.

Beets are particularly defiant. First you must remove the unwieldy bouquet of greens. The naked roots still wear thin coats of soil. This last vestige of the beet’s former life must be scrubbed off until the water runs clear and your fingernails get a little dirty. Cold and wet, curled into a roasting pan with their long tails trailing behind, the beets appear foreign and unapproachable. Only when you roast them for an eternity and stain your hands all over again chopping them into submission do you have the makings of a fine salad, side dish, or sandwich stuffing.

Well, summer has segued into September. The fall breeze is laced with the smell of pumpkin spice lattes.
Personally, I’m in denial. If you need me, I’ll be in my kitchen, eating these tomatoes.

Well, summer has segued into September. The fall breeze is laced with the smell of pumpkin spice lattes.

Personally, I’m in denial. If you need me, I’ll be in my kitchen, eating these tomatoes.

Today’s impulse purchase.

Today’s impulse purchase.

This article highlights the strict standards that vegetables must meet  - in terms of appearance; never taste - before earning a spot in the grocery store produce aisle. Some farmers in Florida tested the boundaries of acceptable tomato aesthetics when they began cultivating their Ugly Ripe variety, bred for flavor rather than good looks. The Ugly Ripe began selling pretty well in the stores, but before long the Florida Tomato Committee cracked down, forcing the farmers to cease sales. Why? The FTC was anxious that Florida’s reputation would be tarnished if the Ugly started popping up in stores around the country. Sorry Florida, but if people don’t like you right now it’s not because your produce looks funny.

Ugly eggplants in HaCarmel Market in Tel Aviv.

My heart skipped a beat when I passed this pile of eggplants, gleaming like so many oiled sunbathers sprawled on the beach. These guys wouldn’t stand a chance at your typical American grocery store but there’s more than enough eggplant love to go around in Tel Aviv. Everywhere I turned, I spotted eggplant graffiti: big and small, squat and lean, purple and white and blue and pink. I’d love to meet the eggplant enthusiast responsible for all the street art.

Conjoined eggplant twins

Conjoined eggplant twins