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It’s Pie o’Clock! Cherries Going Fast

June 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

It may sound strange, but the mild winter we had actually was not a good thing for our region’s fruit farmers. Cherries in particular have had a hard time, between blossoming too early and heavy rains during harvest. From Kuhn Orchards: Mother Nature was not kind this year, but we made the most of it. [...]

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Opening Weekend at DC/VA/MD Farmers Markets

April 29th, 2011 · 10 Comments

I’ve been spoiled to live by year-round markets, but my heart still skips a beat at the first spotting of bright green stalks of asparagus after a long, cold winter. This past weekend I lucked out and found the season’s first Northern Neck strawberries, too — much to the Foodie Tot’s joy. (Yes, he did [...]

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Almond French Toast with Cherry Apricot Compote

July 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

As promised, July is cherry month here at FoodieTots. I know it’s the tail end of the season around DC, but elsewhere they’re just coming into season. While I bought all the Bing and sour pie cherries I could during our too-short season, I never spotted Queen Anne cherries this year — the yellow-red cherries [...]

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Whole Wheat Cherry Crumb Cake

July 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered why blueberries get all the coffee cake glory? Yeah, they’re good … but cherries are bigger, brighter and perfectly sweet. I’ve been eating too many soulless Starbucks coffee cakes lately and had a craving for a real, homemade crumb cake this past weekend. I remembered reading about Smitten Kitchen’s “Big Crumb [...]

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Gooseberries and other Lesser Known Berries (and 5 links for Friday)

June 18th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Gooseberries are one of those things I don’t think to seek out at the market, but am always pleasantly surprised to find on the table when they arrive in early summer. What’s a gooseberry? I didn’t know myself until I spotted them at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market a few years ago. They are small [...]

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