Thankful for Purple Pie

As we are now a week from Thanksgiving and finalizing exactly what we are going to cook and feast on for the holiday of thanks (myself included), I can’t help but share what I plan to serve for dessert at my Thanksgiving dinner. First, a little background. Obviously, I love vegetables. In fact, for a few Thanksgiving dinners in the last decade, I prepared and served more than 10 (yes, 10) different vegetable dishes. Admittedly, 10 was probably a bit much. In the last few years, my daughters, Alex and Sophia, have joined me in my cooking adventure. So it’s become quite fun to hang out in the kitchen while preparing dinner. Each year we make a few family favorites—roasted root vegetables and Stokes Continue Reading

The Importance of ‘The Last 10 Yards’

Last week I learned a new produce term, “the last 10 yards.” One of my produce colleagues and I sit on the advisory board of a start-up produce company, and we were advising the owners about the ins and outs of the produce industry. We were talking about how to get sales of their new product and how challenging it can be. And that’s when my friend said, “It is all about the last 10 yards.” He was referring to the fact that you can sell your product or idea … Continue reading

The Newest Thing With Cauliflower

I’m guessing you might think of Cauliflower as kind of a boring, white vegetable that is smelly when you cook it. But things have changed. First of all—have seen all the fabulous colors of Cauliflower? Purple, green, and orange! And then there is the distant cousin, Romanesco, which is actually its own vegetable, although it resembles a Cauliflower…kind of. Although we have been selling baby Cauliflower since the 1980s, you can now find miniature versions of it and Romanesco at farmers markets, upscale supermarkets, and restaurants.   During one of … Continue reading