Out of the Box

Whether you are a CSA member or a farmers market devotee, we want to help you make great meals with seasonal, fresh produce. Can’t figure out what to do with those radishes or kohlrabi and various types of squash? This is the place for you.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette

From the Taste archive: 10 recipes from Twin Cities restaurants and chefs

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Taste — the section debuted in the Minneapolis Star on Oct. 1, 1969 — here are 10 classic…
Cucumber, Tomato, White Bean and Avocado Salad

Cool as a cucumber salad makes great summer side dish

June 24
This simple combo — with tomatoes, white beans and avocado — is the perfect summer side dish.
Cold Caprese Soup

Cherry tomatoes save the soup in this Caprese twist

June 17
Enjoy the flavors of a Caprese salad in a cold tomato soup perfect for summer.

Time to pick up some peppers

July 1
The colorful ones have the best flavors.

No matter what vegetables are in season, dinner is a snap with this stir-fry

June 4
Adapt this recipe to whatever vegetables are in season.

Everyone is invited to our 'Out of the Box' Facebook group

June 29, 2018
Whether you are a CSA member or a farmers market devotee, we want to help you make great meals with seasonal, fresh produce. Each week, the Star Tribune will be buying a box from different CSAs and looking for the best ways to prepare the food.

Avocado and arugula give a green boost to this springy potato salad

May 1, 2019
Add an avocado-arugula dressing and you are ready to celebrate the season.

Greet the spears of spring, asparagus

June 5, 2019
The local season of fresh asparagus has begun; enjoy it while it lasts.

The versatile radish serves up all sorts of side dishes

June 12, 2019
From pickles to salsa, this little vegetable heats up mealtime.

Green up for spring with sweet-pea hummus

March 27, 2019
Serve up roasted vegetables with this vibrantly colored dip for a seasonal meal.

Stuff the squash for a filling dish

November 15, 2017
This may be a first for you: using the shell of fall and winter squash as a baking dish.

Root vegetables suit fall fried rice

October 31, 2018
Look to the parsnip for this dish and expand your range of veggies.

How to use your Thanksgiving leftovers to make these great dishes

November 21, 2018
Feast for a week with inventive leftovers from your holiday meal.

Cranberries, chestnuts and sweet potatoes make up a dish for fall

November 14, 2018
This trio of local specialties make up a simple, but unexpected side dish.

Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash With Sizzled Kale and Parmesan

October 31, 2018
Roasted Butternut Squash With Sizzled Kale and Parmesan Serves 4. Note: Butternut squash’s sweet, earthy flavor is balanced here by kale’s vegetal bitterness. A little…

Cold weather suits the classic dish of beef bourguignon

October 10, 2018
Start with meat that's cut in uniform pieces, then brown it carefully.

Pumpkin spice and chili makes a bowlful of flavor

October 3, 2018
The warming spices work well in a savory dish.

Is it possible to make butter even better? Try browning it

October 24, 2018
Sweet treats and savory fare become even more flavorful with newly trendy technique.

Recipe: Delicata Squash Roasts Stuffed With Mushroom Pecan Pate

November 14, 2018
Delicata Squash Roasts Stuffed With Mushroom Pecan Pâté Serves 4. Note: These stuffed roasts will be the showpiece of the table, and taste as good…

Kick up your condiment game with sweet corn relish

August 8, 2018
Start by roasting corn on the cob, then adding cumin, coriander and mustard seeds.

Beyond tomatoes: Fruit salsas suit the season

June 22, 2018
Whether with chips or grilled meats, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this easy condiment.

CSA members and fresh-food fans, join our 'Out of the Box' Facebook group

July 3
Ever at a loss for what to do with all the kohlrabi in your CSA box? Ever go crazy snapping up food at the farmers market and then wonder, now what? This group is for you.

Get ready for the big picnic of midsummer with new recipes

June 27, 2018
Spark up your outdoor dining with a new twist on old favorite seasonal dishes.

Look to pea shoots for extra greens

June 29, 2018
The tendrils from the plant offer a delicious treat, with a very short season.

Add fattoush, an Arabic salad, to your summer menu

June 27, 2018
This vegetable salad includes the tart flavor of the sumac spice.

How to build a better turkey burger

June 6, 2018
The key is to pan-fry the burger, rather than grilling it. And add plenty of seasonings.

Smoked Grape Tomato Tart With Rosemary and Basil

June 6, 2018
Smoked Grape Tomato Tart With Rosemary and Basil Serves 8. Note: To use smoking chips on a gas grill, you need to either buy a…

Freshen up your caprese salad with strawberries

May 30, 2018
Wait till later in the season for fresh tomatoes for this salad.

French vegetable bean soup is right for the moment

May 9, 2018
It's always time for soup, and this one taps into the ones suited for the season.

Give hearty Niçoise salad an elegant twist

May 16, 2018
Fresh tuna and roasted veggies add a touch of sophistication to the classic French dish.

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