In Season: The peak season for turnips and rutabagas begins in October and lasts through the winter. These root vegetables are available year-round in many markets.What to Look For: In the garden, grocery store, or farmers' market, choose firm, unwrinkled vegetables with root and stem ends intact. Avoid those with soft spots.How to Store: When you get your selections home, cut any green tops down; wrap the vegetables in and airtight bag and store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Use baby turnips within a few days; larger turnips and rutabagas will keep a little longer, some up to several weeks.
Detox Cred: Try to add one more vegetarian entree to your diet each week. Eating more plant-based meals has been proven to lower your weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Brussels sprouts contain compounds that trigger the production of detoxifying enzymes in the liver.
A cross between a turnip and a wild cabbage, rutabaga has a distinctly sharp taste. This puree calls for a touch of mascarpone, which mellows the root vegetable's bold flavor. If making the semifreddo, buy a small container of mascarpone and save the rest for dessert.
Moist pieces of chicken derive their crunchy coating from cornflakes in this clever oven-fried variation on an all-American favorite. Rutabaga, a member of the cabbage family, adds to the flavor of mashed potatoes and complements the tangy red cabbage slaw.