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The Great Veggie Experiment – Rutabaga!

It’s been a while since I tried a new veggie! I saw these on sale at the store, so I decided to pick them up. Rutabaga – which is a member of the cabbage family. I like root vegetables in general and also the cabbage family (hello broccoli!), so this was a good choice.

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The Great Veggie Experiment – Celery Root

Celery Root – aka celeriac. Kind of an ugly root vegetable, no? Now it looks like a root veggie, but really has very little starch, which is interesting.

The tag on the celery root said “Mild aroma and flavor of celery and walnuts with a crisp texture.” Okay, we’ll see.

First, I peeled it, […]

The Great Veggie Experiment – Swiss Chard!

One of my goals this month was to try 2 new veggies. Well, the month has been getting on and I needed to get to it! I was at the farmer’s market on Saturday and saw all these pretty fresh greens.

I know I am in the great internet minority, but kale does not […]

The Great Veggie Experiment – Caramelized Onions

Okay, first off – I am going to say right here and now that I do not like onions for the most part. If they are raw and on my plate, I pick them off. I use a fork, too, since I don’t want the onion smell on my hands. I won’t eat big chunks […]

The Great Veggie Experiment – Patty Pan Squash

Mid summer means lots of different kinds of squash! At the farmer’s market, I decided to get some patty pan squash. It looks like a sunflower, doesn’t it?

Also called scalloped squash or cibleme. This squash is a good source of vitamins A and C, plus magnesium and niacin.

1 cup of squash has […]

The Great Veggie Experiment: Beets!

So I finally got around to trying the beets. I bought them at the farmer’s market, and that particular vendor had 3 different kinds of beets: The regular red beets, target beets, and white beets. Since I wasn’t really a fan of the possibility of stains, I chose the white beets. She also said they […]

The Great Veggie Experiment: Parsnips!

At the farmer’s market, we purchased some parsnips. They look kind of like carrots, only more pale. Actually, they are related to carrots, so that makes sense. It is considered a winter vegetable because it actually needs to have some frost temperatures to fully develop the roots. So it’s season is winter time and early […]

The Great Veggie Experiment: Batata!

I try to look closely at the small baskets in the produce section to find unique veggies and found a sign for batatas – or Mexican sweet potato:

It looked pretty harmless and if potato is in the name, I know it is likely a safe bet for me I thought it looked a […]

The Great Veggie Experiment: Taro Root!

Haven’t done a GVE in a while! I actually got the Taro Root a couple weeks ago, but just used it last night. Good thing it is a root veggie and will keep well.

Taro root (also known as arrow root) is used a lot in Oceanic cultures. I also did not know that […]

The Great Veggie Experiment: Okra!

I love all things New Orleans, as you know – so trying okra seemed like a no brainer.

Okra is actually from the mallow family, which includes hibiscus and and cotton. Who knew? Okra is also called lady finger in some parts of the world, although not sure what lady has fingers that look […]