Bittman, who used to belong to a CSA in New Haven, Conn., pointed out that complaining about a surplus of vegetables in the dead of winter made me sound like a spoiled Californian. Feeling defensive—sure, he was right, but he hadn't answered the question of what he would do with winter produce if he were lucky enough to have it—I challenged him to a game of vegetable free association. I would throw out a problematic vegetable; he would tell me the first preparation that came to mind.
"I love that," he said. "Go."
"Daikon radish," I began, skipping any pretense at a warm-up.
He didn't miss a beat. "Raw, grated, with soy sauce and sesame oil."
Yum! She goes on to get a few great ideas for winter vegetables, including turnips, and she also finds out what fruit Mark Bittman doesn't like.
• Read the article: The Locavore's Dilemma: What to do with the kale, turnips, and parsley that overwhelm your CSA bin. at Slate