Tag Archives: Seasonal

A Fresh Look at Autumn Desserts

Customers crave familiar, yet unique sweet flavors. They want something that reminds them of Mom or Grandma’s apple pie, but also caters to their adventuresome palates. These days, the trend is to not only execute classic desserts really well, but to do it with a distinctive spin. Alternatives like Momofuku’s Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk or familiar forms such as doughnuts ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Squash

Squash

Unlike summer squash, winter squash has matured seeds and hard shells when harvested in early fall. Typically, winter squash carries excess water which can be released after curing the fruit and storing it at warm temperatures in a well-circulated area for 10 to 14 days. Curing the squash increases the shelf life and concentrates the natural sugars, creating sweeter flavors. ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

The fall months bring out the best in Brussels sprouts, which are a member of the Brassica (cabbage) family. Enduring a few light frosts before being picked will improve the flavor of this cold-weather vegetable, which lends itself well as a side or entrée. Sprouts are ready to harvest when green and firm and are best when stored fresh and ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Apples

Apples

Apples bring a welcome freshness to the colder-weather months when menus are packed with heavier fare, bringing freshness, brightness, and texture (when raw) to fall and winter seasonal dishes. There are 2,500 varieties of apples in the U.S., and New York is only second to Washington state in terms of apple production. The Empire State grows and markets more commercial ...

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11 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

A tough winter can leave your customers feeling cold, tired and not themselves. Serve  up comfort food and seasonal favorites on your menu to help fight off their winter blues. 1. Pour a generous bowl of soup: Warm your guests inside and out by stepping up the soups and stews this winter. A steamy bowl of winter vegetable soup, sausage ...

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