Brussels Sprouts
A Very Healthy and Versatile Vegetable

A relative newcomer to the vegetable world, Brussels sprouts have only been around for five hundred years, whereas there are records of cabbages that go back three thousand years. Why the name ‘Brussels’ sprouts? It is thought that they have always grown near Brussels and they became associated with the area. Thomas Jefferson was an avid farmer, and his are the first records of Brussels sprouts in North America from 1812.

Homemade Apple Pie
Nothing Says “Home” Like Apple Pie

The Pajaro Valley, once known as the apple capital of the US, still produces a huge variety of flavorful, heirloom apples. One “secret” our best pie bakers shared is to use a couple of varieties in a pie, such as a combination of Jonagold and Mutsu apples. If you’re looking for a great pie recipe or need a fool-proof pie crust, here’s our best apple pie recipe collection!

Edible Paradise :: Seasonal Cooking

MBCFM Recipes

From Our Markets to Your Table

Edible Paradise celebrates the year-round abundance of the highest quality, freshest food grown on the Central Coast by our family farmers at the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets. If you enjoy preparing and eating locally grown food, this blog is for you!

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A Passion for Summer Tomatoes

California Heirloom Tomatoes

California Heirloom Tomatoes

Where would we be without our favorite summer fruit? How many other fruits or vegetables have a song written about them?

Native to the Americas, at one time feared as poisonous due to its family ties (nightshades), the tomato is now one of the most popular of foods. Quick, how many things can you think of which feature tomatoes?

Starting with just ketchup, pizza, and spaghetti, think about how popular the tomato is. So many foods and dishes use tomatoes, in either in a starring or supporting role. Not bad considering it wasn’t until the late 1700s that tomatoes began to find their way into the dining room in any quantity. Continue Reading →

The Art and Science of Successful Preserves

Apricot jam

Blenheim Apricot Jam

It’s officially jam making season — and the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets are a jam maker’s paradise right now! In early June, almost all of the berries are in season including strawberries, olallieberries, blackberries, blueberries, loganberries, raspberries, and gooseberries with a short season of cherries and Blenheim apricots overlapping. Early stone fruits have also arrived — plums, apriums, pluots, and by the end of June, the stalls will be full of ripe peaches and nectarines. If you’re up for a little hiking and wild foraging, you’ll also find wild elderberries later in the season.

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Rhubarb — Old Fashioned Goodness

Sunday Brunch

For the Love of Rhubarb!

What is it about rhubarb — people either love it or hate it! Rhubarb is an old-time garden favorite, and my Southern grandmother always had a few plants tucked in amongst her roses. I remember her carrying a bundle of freshly cut red stalks from the garden into her kitchen and in no time at all, turn the stalks into a warm, rose-colored compote to spoon over vanilla ice cream. No doubt my own positive memory is associated with this delectable treat! However, it wasn’t until years later that I realized others didn’t share my fondness for rhubarb. Either they didn’t know what rhubarb was and hadn’t tasted it, or some didn’t like their first experience with it. How sad! Continue Reading →

Pastry Chefs Secret Ingredient — Duck Eggs

Pastured Duck Eggs

Located in the foothills of Watsonville, Mello-Dy Ranch is home to over 400 Khaki Campbells, a heritage breed of ducks. This five-generation family also grows apples, berries, squash, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, apricots, beans, lemons, persimmons, pears, along with pasture raised chickens, ducks and quail.

What’s the Difference Between a Chicken Egg and a Duck Egg?
If you’ve never tried duck eggs, you may be wondering how they differ from chicken eggs. Duck eggs are larger than some chicken eggs, but not by much. They are about the size of a jumbo chicken egg, slightly more oblong in shape, and have harder, off-white or grayish shells. The yolks are a deeper shade of orange gold than chicken eggs. Continue Reading →

Make Ahead Easter Brunch

Sunday Brunch

Easy Weekend Brunch

Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch for the family or having a few friends over for a leisurely Sunday get together, hosting a brunch is very easy. Most of the prep can be done ahead of time, which means you get to enjoy the party too!

A brunch menu includes a selection of both savory and sweet foods which can be served buffet style. Main dishes such as overnight French toast, quiche, crêpes, savory strata or frittatas are easy to assemble and bake before guests arrive. Add fresh fruit, a variety of breakfast sausages or ham, and some freshly baked muffins and you have a welcoming spread.

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