Cooking with local, seasonal ingredients is something many of us aspire to do more often. And it makes sense: seasonal cooking is such a nice way to celebrate where you live and understand the seasons, meet your farmers at the market, and eat a wider range of fruits and vegetables. So how to start? Here are a few resources that give us inspiration.
There are quite a few resources online to give you a jump-start in seasonal cooking inspiration. Here are a few of our favorites:
• The Year in Food: This beautiful blog written by Kimberly Hasselbrink aims to "chart the course of the year through food... (with) straightforward, unfussy cooking and eating that falls somewhere between comfort and health food." We especially love her Seasonal Food Guides (check out April's here), beautiful photos, and inspired seasonal recipes.
• Spring Seasonal Map: Epicurious has published a fantastic interactive map: click on where you live and you'll find information on what fruits and vegetables are available during certain months along with recipes and shopping tips.
• Field to Plate: This is a great resource to learn more about seasonality specific to your state and region. From calendars, maps, information on farmers markets and pick-your-own orchards, this one's a keeper.
Related: Great Farmers' Market Resource: The New CUESA Website
(Image: Faith Durand)