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    How to Serve Chinese Cabbage

    Chinese cabbage stir fry

    Chinese cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked–steamed, boiled, and quickly stir-fried. Cooked leaves and stalks add flavor to soups, stews, pasta dishes, and stir-fries. Chinese cabbage is a general name for several varieties of thick-stalked and green- or pale green-leaved vegetables that fall under the even more generic name Chinese leaves. Chinese leaves are […] More

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    Chinese Cabbage Bok Choy

    The name Chinese cabbage can lead you to several very different vegetables. There are dozens of varieties of “Chinese cabbage” each with unique tastes and culinary attributes. All of the so-called Chinese cabbages belong to the genus Brassica which is a diverse group of vegetables that include cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, mustard, […] More

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    Escarole and Curly Endive Serving Tips

    Endive and peach salad

    Curly endive and escarole are both chicories of the same species. These two slightly bitter-tasting leafy greens can be eaten raw in winter or spring salads or added to soups where their tastes become mild. Curly endive has narrow, finely cut, curly leaves. Escarole has smooth, rounded, broad leaves. Often, the names endive, escarole, and […] More

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    Belgian Endive Serving Tips

    Belgian endive is commonly served raw added to winter salads or braised and served with a white sauce. Belgian endive can also be steamed, parboiled, and prepared in a gratin. The closely wrapped creamy white leaves of Belgian endive form a firm elongated, spear-shaped heart. The leaves are slightly pungent.  Belgian endive is harvested autumn […] More

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    Three Ways to Cook Turnip Greens

    Turnip greens

    Turnip greens can be steamed, sautéed, boiled, and prepared much like spinach. The tenderest of turnip greens are those harvested before the swollen root we call a turnip ever develops. Young greens will have the least bite. Grow turnip greens for harvest in the cool time of the year, in early spring and autumn. How to […] More

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    Seven Ways to Cook Cabbage

    Cooked cabbage can be crisp with a mild and sweet flavor. Cabbage also can be served raw in salads and slaws and on sandwiches and burgers. Cabbage comes to harvest during the cool and cold fall and winter months. There are three kinds of round-headed cabbage: white, red, and Savoy. The leaves of the white […] More

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    How to Serve and Cook Kale

    Kale can be steamed, sautéed, boiled, and simmered. Kale can be tenderized and served in salads or combined with potatoes to make a tasty soup. Kale is a great match with hearty foods such as pork chops, fried catfish, garlicky sausage, and cornbread. A winter vegetable that goes practically undisturbed even by snow, kale can […] More

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    Spinach Cooking and Serving Tips

    Spinach and strawberry salad

    Spinach has just the right balance of flavor—sharp and hearty but not overpowering. It is equally versatile raw or cooked. There are two main types of spinach: flat-leafed and savoy or crinkle-leafed. The more tender and mild tasting of the two is flat-leafed, especially the baby varieties. Savoy spinach has a stronger flavor with a […] More

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    Five Ways to Cook and Serve Collards

    Fresh chopped or shredded collards can add a little spice to salads. As well, collards can be steamed, boiled, sauteed, and added to soups and stews. Collards are a good match for smoked pork. Combine collards with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or beans and puree.  Collards have a very strong cabbagey flavor and are considered […] More

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    Rainbow Chard: Kitchen Basics

    Rainbow chard is a cacophony of dazzling multicolored stems: gold, pink, orange, purple, red, mauve and white in electric and pastel variations. The stems are set off by deep green or bronze leaves. Rainbow chard stalks and leaves can be cooked and served as you would spinach. Rainbow chard is the most colorful when plants […] More