Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

By • March 22, 2012 • 5 Comments

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

What are Walker and Addie having for lunch? Today it's Chicken Cutlets Grilled in Charmoula with Quick-Cured Lemon Confit, a Community Pick from the Your Best Citrus contest, sandwich-ified on sliced bread with kale salad. Apricot rosemary bars from Baked and crisp Macoun apples from the Greenmarket round out dessert.

An enviable meal for early spring! What are you having for lunch today?

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Behind the Scenes

Fruit of the Week: Citrus

By • March 21, 2012 • 6 Comments

Fruit of the Week: Citrus

We're so very close to asparagus season here in the Northeast -- the weather has turned, spring is in the air, and soon we'll be seein a lot more green at the market. But while winter is still in our minds, we dedicate our fruit of the week to the mighty citrus. Here's a paean to our favorite winter pick-me-up, as photographed by our very own citrus-addicted Kristy Mucci.

Click through for plenty of photos of glorious lemons, oranges, kumquats, and more.

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City Dirt

Seed Starting 101

By • March 21, 2012 • 3 Comments

Seed Starting 101

This is the sixth in our biweekly series from Amy Pennington — urban farmer, founder of GoGo Green Garden, and author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening — on how to start growing your own food, no matter how tiny your garden-to-be is.

Today: Whether you've prepped your backyard or bought containers for your balcony, Amy walks us through starting plants from seed.

It's not that easy to germinate a seed. We have to wait for the ground to dry up and the sun to start shining to really take full advantage of the garden here in the Pacific Northwest. The same goes for New Englanders, though they have to wait for the ground to thaw first. In stark comparison, gardeners in California can garden year-round. (And it's apparently summer according to recent weather in Washington, DC, so who knows!) But no matter the weather, starting seeds can accelerate the process of growing in any conditions.

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Sundry Topics

Counting Down to 1391

By • March 20, 2012 • 2 Comments

Counting Down to 1391

The first day of Spring is today, March 20. But did you know that it's also the first day of the Iranian year 1391?

The Iranian New Year is called Norooz, which literally means "new day," and it happens each year on the Vernal Equinox (also known as the first day of the spring season). Such a lovely time of year to start afresh, don't you think? Norooz is by far the country's biggest holiday, and it's been celebrated in the same way for centuries and centuries -- which is more than you can say for those "2012" sunglassses left over from last December 31.

Many of the traditions around Norooz are based on food, cooking, and meals with loved ones -- all FOOD52-friendly pursuits!

Read more for a look at what Iranians around the world are doing right now with their loved ones to celebrate the new year.

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