Food for Thought: Which fruits and veggies are in season?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week: Buy in-season produce

Are you making an effort to buy locally produced fruits and vegetables?

Today's global marketplace allows us to buy foods grown virtually anywhere in the world all year round, but these options are not the most sustainable, according to Sustainable Table.

Buying local foods in season will eliminate the need to ship foods over long distances, and you’ll enjoy fresh, unprocessed food. has a handy map that shows what’s fresh in your area:

Easy recipe: Shrimp (or lobster) Roll

2 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat or shrimp

4 cups mayonnaise

6 stalks celery with leaves, chopped small

1/4 cup red onion, diced small

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon horseradish

Lemon juice to taste

Kosher salt to taste

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Old Bay seasoning to taste

Mix ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste. Chill at least an hour for flavors to meld. Serve with lettuce and sliced tomatoes on toasted New England hot-dog buns, the ones with split tops. Serves 8.

-- The Repository

Did You Know?

More good news for chocolate lovers: A Spanish study found dark chocolate may help patients with cirrhosis of the liver.

Works Well: A quick spritz of oil

Tired of wasting olive oil while greasing pans or making foccacia? The Misto sprayer atomizes the oil for a quick, light coating. It works with olive and other vegetable oils.

The top pumps air into the canister containing 1/3 cup oil. This is enough for a 10-second spray. The Misto is $9.95 at cooking-supply shops and online. Other misters are made by Hoffritz ($18.23) and Cuisipro ($13).

-- The Repository

Food Quiz

What do you call the long-handled, flat implement used to slide a loaf of homemade bread into the oven?

A. Slice

B. Peel

C. Lift

D. Carry


Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Complete protein

When a food contains all of the nine essential amino acids, it has complete protein. Foods derived from animals offer this. Incomplete protein is a lack of one or more of the amino acids. It is found in fruits, vegetables and grains.

-- The Repository

Number to Know: 441.6

Calories in 1 cup of whole-grain yellow cornmeal. –

The Dish On …

“Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater” by Matthew Amster-Burton

“Hungry Monkey” is the story of one man’s realization that kids don’t need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention and patience.

A restaurant critic and food writer, now a stay-at-home dad, Amster-Burton writes of the highs and lows of teaching your child about food. Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself.

“Hungry Monkey” takes food enthusiasts on a new adventure in eating, with dozens of delicious recipes and notes on which ones can accommodate help from “little fingers.” In the end, our guide reminds us: “Food is fun, and you get to enjoy it three times a day, plus snacks!”


From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Another ale in Rogue series

Rogue Ales has released the second of its John John series with the John John Juniper Pale Ale.

The beer is a collaboration between Rogue master brewer John Maier and master distiller John Couchot.

The beer is Rogue’s Juniper Pale Ale aged in Rogue’s Juniper Gin barrels. To craft the beer, Couchot aged the gin in oak barrels so the barrels would soak up the flavor of the gin before the beer was put into the barrels.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit

Food Quiz Answer

B. Peel

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