This Saturday, October 5, while you are out at the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market at 3000 Richmond Avenue, be sure to check out chef Soren Pedersen, executive chef for Sorrel Urban Bistro. He will be showcasing various recipes made from ingredients at the market that day. Cooking demos will take place from 9 a.m. until the market closes for the day at 12 p.m. What you see will be up to the ingredients that appear at the market, giving you ideas for what to do with your own purchases for when you get home.
If you need some help with choosing what to buy in season, here is a guide from the Houston Press about which months to buy the freshest, in season vegetables in this fall. Surprisingly last month was the best time for pumpkins and other winter squash, but these hardy vegetables will stay good for a month or longer in a cool, dry place, which means you can still enjoy your jack o'lanterns and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from pumpkins you get now, just don't use pumpkins that were sitting outside on your doorstep as decorations for the last month, and don't use the same pumpkins for your jack o'lanterns and pies. (For more on that, check out What to do with winter squash.)
If you find that chef Soren Pedersen looks familiar, you may have seen him at Sorrel Urban Bistro, or on his weekly television program, Currant Kitchen, Where Local Chefs Grow. Look for this show every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on Comcast channel 17, Sudden Link and AT&T U-Verse channel 99, TV Max channel 95 and Phonoscope channel 75.