January 14, 2020

What you see: An onion with a thick, white “core”
What it is: An especially prominent onion stem
Eat or toss: Cut around the stem area; it will be too thick and dense to eat. The rest is fine!

The story: 
While we don’t normally think of onion layers as leaves, that’s e...

November 26, 2019

My husband and I rarely buy bread. Not because we’re cutting carbs or hate sandwiches, but because we often encounter orphaned bread—the final pieces in the restaurant bread basket, for example—that needs a loving home. We stash the bread in the freezer and toast it up...

November 21, 2019

A number of years ago, I stopped buying broth. Instead, after an excellent tip from a co-worker (thanks, Mark!), we started saving all our veggie scraps and popping them in a bag in the freezer. Onion tops, pepper cores, hard tomato parts, squash skins, corn cobs, toug...

November 18, 2019

What you see: Milky juice coming out of your onion as you chop
What is it: Onion juice!
Eat or toss: Eat! This is a perfectly fine onion. 

The story:
The onion plant’s ancestors likely evolved bulbs to store water and nutrients over the winter and during droughts. Fast...

March 24, 2019

What you see: A sprouted onion
What it is: A sprouted onion!
Eat or toss: Eat! You can eat the onion and its green shoots too!

The story:

Thanks to Susan M. of Norwalk, Conn. for sending this photo of her very sprouted white onion! 

Fortunately for Susan and the stew she...

January 21, 2018

If we were to illustrate sadness with food, I think it might look like that haphazard pile of restaurant French fries that you just couldn’t quite finish. Wher

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