Kim O'Donnel

Kim O'Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality and longtime journalist. She is also the author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook and Meat Lover's Holiday Table, and the founder of Canning Across America.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cherries

What is it about the cherry that urges us not to take the business of life so seriously? Even in the kitchen, the cherry keeps the fun and games going, an affable companion to both savory and sweet ingredients. Read on for all you ever wanted to know about delicious (and beautiful) cherries!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Plums

July and August are the peak season for plums in most parts of the country, and also the perfect time to sink your culinary teeth in this seasonal fruit. Try your hand at grilled plums, plum sauce or even plum schnapps this summer and rediscover this ancient delight.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Chives

If ramps can become an overnight produce sensation, why not chives? Chives are the next best mild onion-y thing -- and super easy to grow on your own. On top of that, you can enjoy chives well into the summer, when ramps will be a distant memory.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Eggs

Whether the chicken or the egg came first, eggs probably win the "most versatile ingredient" competition hands down. Found in everything from sauces and custards to their own headlining items, like omelets and egg nog, eggs offer up "egg-cellent" dining entertainment from dawn to dusk.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Pineapple

A too-long winter calls for tropical fruit, and guess what's in season? Pineapple. (Yes, there is a pineapple season.) Eat it fresh, spice it up with chilies, toss it on a pizza or even turn it into beer.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Quinoa

The well-stocked pantry of the modern age would do well to include quinoa, seed extraordinaire. A complete protein all its own packed with nutritional goodness, quinoa shows off its multi-talents from breakfast to dinner, a highly versatile ingredient on the plates of meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Collard Greens

Happy New Year! Do you plan to cook up a pot of 'greens' to usher in fortune for the new year? Or maybe one of your resolutions is to eat more vegetables? There's still plenty of time to observe a time-honored culinary tradition to get the year off to an auspicious, and healthy, start.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Broccoli

Broccoli is a virtuous superfood, packed with disease-fighting antioxidants; on the other hand, it's the culinary equivalent of icky, especially when boiled to death. Given its nutritional prowess, broccoli deserves better than a pity party. If its cousin kale can get a sexy makeover, why not the tiny trees of the produce aisle? Let the reinvention begin!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Spinach

For a vegetable that has flourished for millennia in the Mediterranean, it's a funny thing to say that spinach has grown up. But here in Popeye land, our relatively newfound respect for spinach reflects a certain culinary maturity. Plain ole boiled spinach is bland, but when just harvested, can be sweet, and its blank-slate flavor profile is a terrific opportunity to pair it up with zestier playmates.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Apples

For a diminutive fruit, the apple is a force to be reckoned with, and we humans have been fascinated with it for millennia. Throughout history it has inspired Biblical myth, scientific theories and practical advice, and there are thousands of ways to prepare them.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cucumbers

Cucumbers may be a year-round mainstay at every supermarket in the US, but their time to shine has only just arrived in most parts of the country. 96% water, they'll help you beat the heat! Read on for more about this summertime favorite.

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