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Renee Shepherd

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    Getting Acquainted with Fresh Hot Chiles

    Garden guru Renee Shepherd offers a cultural and culinary guide to the chile peppers most commonly found at the market. You'll learn how to select the best produce and some…

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    Olives to savor and to cook with

    Learn all about olives: olive trees, what to look for at the market, brining vs. dry curing, and the range of flavors available from kalamata, picholine, niçoise, lucque, Sicilian, manzanilla,…

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    Sweet Peppers for Frying, Roasting, and Enjoying

    One delicious consequence of the recent explosion of interest in ethnic foods in this country is the huge variety of peppers that are now available in markets and on farmstands.…

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    Juicy Tomatoes to Savor and Cook

    If I had to name the quintessential pleasure of high summer, it would be tomatoes—fresh, ripe, and brimming with flavor. At farmers’ markets, you’ll see all sorts of varieties in…

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    Buttery-Sweet Summer Squash for Fresh Summer Meals

    As the warmer weather settles in, I love to see summer squashes as they ripen early in the garden and appear on the stands at my local markets. Seeing all…