Cloves

Cloves make a command performance during the holidays:  They’re on stage to flavor the pumpkin pie and gingerbread men, stud the Christmas ham, and make a fragrant pomander. While their warmth and sweetness make them especially popular during fall and winter, cloves shouldn’t be hidden in the spice cabinet the rest of the year. One of the

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Asparagus

When you’ve tasted the first asparagus of the season, simply cooked, maybe spritzed with a bit of lemon and topped with a tad of butter, you’ve just tasted spring. Although good asparagus can be found year-round, it is at its peak – and least expensive – during the spring months. In California, the first crops

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Pears

With an epithet like “gifts of the gods” — so christened by the Greek poet Homer — it’s no wonder that the pear enjoys a reputation as a divine delicacy.  The Romans also celebrated the pear in mythology. Pears are sacred to three goddesses: Juno, Venus and Pomona, who is the Italian goddess of gardens

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KJ Guide to Apples

If you were to eat a different kind of apple every day for the next two years, not only would you be very healthy, you would have only scratched the surface of the more than 7000 varieties of apples. A trip to the farmers market or the supermarket produce aisle can prove daunting. What to

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Cherries

When June comes busting out all over, cherry lovers are in their glory. For an all too short and precious slice of summer, fresh cherries are ripe for the picking…

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