Fragrant basil. Off-the-vine tomatoes. Blackberries. Oh, how I swoon over the fruits and vegetables of summer. The season’s end has me asking, how can I stretch my garden harvest through the long winter ahead? So, I’ve rounded up the following easy, creative ways to preserve your produce:
Eating healthy is a breeze if the food is flavorful and interesting. Keep those resolutions intact by stirring a few new ingredients into your culinary mixing bowl. Here’s a look at the delicious and nutritious foods you must try in 2010. Watch as they appear on menus in our area; these ingredients are quickly gaining popularity in Philadelphia and across the nation.
Black Garlic may not be pretty, but this fermented ingredient’s sweet, savory and tangy flavor is winning over culinary critics. Taoism mythology said that it grants immortality, but just settle for its ultra-high antioxidant count. This new ingredient is hitting kitchens across the U.S. and locally at Zahav, an Israeli street food restaurant in Philadelphia. Find it at Wegmans or order it online at www.blackgarlic.com. Find recipes on this website for the expected, like Black Garlic Tomato Sauce and the intriguing, such as Black Garlic with Baked Bananas.
Philadelphia’s restaurants are riding a wave of trends that are sweeping across the nation. Here’s a glimpse of what to try now … and what’s slated to come during the New Year:
The cupcake trend is still going strong - multiple places have opened up to cater to our cravings and the offerings are wildly creative. It’s a Cupcake (958 N 2nd St.) opened this past summer in Northern Liberties and touts a signature flavor of sweet potato pie, as well as cupcake collections – including one that highlights savory ingredients. Sounds like we can have dinner and dessert here.