Ripe Chat: Preparing and Preserving the Season's Bounty


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We asked, you told: What are the things that are in season where you are that you are looking for fresh inspiration on how to prepare or preserve? I put your questions to Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables (in collaboration with photographer Paulette Phlipot), and Paige Bayer of SV Local Market. We picked the cream of the crop, and pulled a few recipes and ideas that we love. 

zucchini

Zucchini

Cheryl: Tender Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread
Paige: Turkey zucchini lasagna
Sean: Zucchine sott'olio

Figs

Figs

Cheryl: Zen salad with purple fruits
Paige: Canned fig compote
Sean: Pickled figs


Corn, before

Corn

Cheryl: Corn on the cob with lime butter
Paige: How to freeze corn
Sean: Grilled corn salsa
Related: How to Eat Corn on the Cob

raspberries

Raspberries

Cheryl: Raspberry-Cardamom Tart in a Cocoa Crust (pictured, photo by Cheryl Sternman Rule)
Paige: Raspberry balsamic jam
Sean: Raspberry soda syrup

radishes

Radishes

Cheryl: Radish-olive crostini
Paige: Pickled radishes
Sean: Radish green pesto (pictured, photo by Christina Davis of From Scratch Club)


cherries

Cherries (photo by Cheryl Sternman Rule)

Cheryl: Smashed cherries with amaretti and ricotta
Sean: Frikeh, feta, cucumber and cherry salad
Related: Cherry Pitters: The Right Tool for the Job


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