Ingredient: Summer Squash, or Coosa

A thrilling experience I had when I was living in Chicago was discovering Lebanese coosa at the Green City Market (I’m easily thrilled). This variety of summer squash was dubbed “Korean” squash by the wonderful Green Acres Farm, but it is one and the same as the small, pale green Lebanese squash I hadn’t seen…

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Ingredient: Mint, or Na’na

Na’na (pronounced NAH-nuh), or spearmint, is an herb used in lots of savory ways in Lebanese cooking—we’ll be using it later this week in an absolutely delicious Lebanese salad. You can find mint at the farmer’s market now and in the grocery store throughout the year. Don’t worry about whether or not the mint you’re…

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Technique: How to hull a strawberry

To hull a strawberry, the goal is to take as little of the luscious flesh away as possible. If you cut straight across the top of the berry, you lose the shoulders, which ideally are farm-stand red and juicy and not Costco-berry white. Cut into the berry directly around the stem, on an angle. You…

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