Quince with honey and Greek yogurt03.19.10

036Well, hello, honey!

At the farmer’s market this last weekend, we picked up two quince.  Quinces?  What the heck is the plural of quince?  Anyway, I had never seen a quince before, to my knowledge, although I believe I have had quince jam before.  Maybe.

I asked the farmer how someone with produce-resistant kids would be advised to approach these awkward looking fruits, with their scummy fuzz on the skins and rock-hard texture.  She winked and said “slow bake them with honey.”  That sounded do-able, but when I got home, I just wasn’t all that motivated to get it going.  I’m the same girl who let a cherimoya rot on the counter because I kept forgetting to get to it, and then they were out of season and we missed our big chance.

Am I ever glad I got over that particular hump.  I wish I had bought a dozen. Quince rocks my socks off.

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Ivy Manning’s Maple-Glazed Baby Turnips and Carrot Coins03.15.10

We took the kids to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and had ourselves a rip-roaring good time.  One of the items we pick up was a bunch of Golden Globe turnips that the farmer assured us were tender and sweet and delicious.  She was absolutely adorable, with her hair in two golden braids and she didn’t mock me when I prodded her wares and looked suspicious.  The Boy actually suggested we get these, since he had fond memories of the last turnip trial we did.

Back at the Brat Cave, we decided to poke around for some recipes online.  At Culinate, we turned up what looked very much like a winner: Maple-Glazed Baby Turnips and Carrot Coins.  Maple and butter – what could be better?

The only problem?  The recipe called for Hickory Bacon Salt, and I don’t have any of that.  Granted, it sounds like a fabulous product, but we’re trying to really keep our sodium to a minimum.  We just omitted it, and moved ahead with the recipe.

My camera has been acting up lately – I think I need to clean it after using it so frequently in the kitchen.  The focus is sort of hit-or-miss.  Anyhoo:  Here’s the cast of characters:

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Corn Fritters01.05.10

her fourth fritterCorn is one of the few vegetables that The Boy will actually eat without too much drama. He prefers it on the cob with lots of butter, but with the Sous Chef’s teeth falling out like crazy, gnawing corn off the cob is pretty impossible. Add to the fact that I had purchased only four ears of corn for the five of us in a spectacular brain-fart at Trader Joe’s, and I went looking for a recipe that could keep everyone in the family happy.

Back in my vegetarian days, I was given a cookbook called Vegetarian Dishes from Around the World
by Rose Elliot. I think it was a gift from a long-time friend who went vegetarian around the same time. Maybe it was her idea? Anyway, I’ve still got the book, and went looking for a quick and easy recipe for corn.

The recipe called for a can of corn, one egg, separated and two tablespoons of wheat flour, along with salt and pepper and some oil. You can’t get much simpler than that, right? Here’s what we did:

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