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Finding in-season ingredients is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your cooking. Here are the produce you should hunt for at your grocery stores and farmer's markets.

Cooking is one of Our REALTORS® favorite wintertime activities. Trying new recipes and investing in new kitchen gear is all part of the fun. If you have a large kitchen, like many of these Bronxville homes for sale, cooking can quickly become one of your favorite hobbies.

Cooking with seasonal ingredients is a great way to improve the quality of your food. Season food not only tastes better, but it's more nutritious as well. Here are a few items that are in season this winter.

  • Kale
    Kale is a cold-weather crop, so it's often at its best in the fall and winter. Kale is loaded with Vitamin A and protein. Add some sautéed kale as a tasty side dish or blend it into your favorite clear broth soup for some easy ways to add this nutritious vegetable into your diet.

  • Brussels Sprouts
    Brussel Sprouts not only thrive in the winter, but they're also full of fiber, protein, and even Vitamin C. A warm bowl of oven-roasted brussels sprouts covered in a maple glaze or accompanied with bacon bits makes for an excellent side dish or appetizer.

  • Sweet Potatoes
    Sweet Potatoes are in season in the fall and winter, and they're so versatile they can easily be integrated into any meal. Sweet potato fries and sweet potato casserole make for some great addition to any winter dinner. Sweet potatoes are full of beta-Carotene, Vitamin A, protein, and iron.

  • Clementines 
    Clementines are one of our favorite winter snacks. They're seedless, simple to peel, and readily available throughout the winter. Best of all, they provide a much-needed boost of Vitamin C every winter. Keep them in a bowl on your kitchen counter, or add them as a topping to a nice salad.

  • Broccoli 
    Since broccoli can grow year-round, it's always in season. However, it tastes best when it's harvested during cooler weather. Broccoli is one of the easiest ingredients to incorporate into your cooking — make a rich broccoli cheese soup or add it as an ingredient to a casserole.

  • Grapefruit
    Grapefruit is grown in many southern US states and is ready for harvest around January. You can halve it and enjoy it with breakfast or work it into a delicious cocktail or pie.

  • Kiwi
    Another fruit that's harvested in winter across many warmer climates is kiwi. Kiwi is best when it's firm — you can add it to a salad, or make it a topping on your favorite dessert.

  • Parsnip
    Parsnip might look like light carrots, but they actually have a rich nutty flavor. Roast them up and enjoy them on their own or work them into a tasty vegetable soup.

Nothing beats home cooking, and by working fresh seasonal ingredients into your dinner plans, your food will be even more delicious. For more tips on how to make the most of your kitchen, contact us today.

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