And Unearthed columnist Tamar Haspel weighs in this month with a question: Scientists seem to agree that genetically modified foods aren’t unsafe, so why the calls for specially labeling foods that include them? Read about it here.
Of course, it’s Free Range chat day, and two special guests will be on hand to help answer your culinary questions: the aforementioned chef Palermo and Judith Mandel, a former barista for Peregrine Espresso. It starts at noon and lasts just one hour. To whet your appetite, here’s a leftover question from last week’s chat:
Where’s the best place to find fresh chestnuts? I’ve had terrible luck finding good ones!
Can I make a request here? It would be ever so helpful if folks searching for products of some sort would mention where they live; that way, we can sometimes come up with answers that are a little more helpful. If I knew you lived in Greenbelt, for example, I wouldn’t spend a lot of time calling stores in Leesburg.
But back to your question. We’re a little past prime chestnut season, but I’ve found a few places where you might get lucky. At least two locations of Mom’s Organic Market — Fairfax (Merrifield) and Rockville — say they have fresh chestnuts right now, selling for $11.99 a pound. At least one location of Balducci’s (McLean) claims to have them, but the person who answered the phone said the nuts might be back in a storage area, not out in the produce department, so you might have to ask at the store for them. Their price is $7.99 a pound.
And there’s always the Internet. You can try a co-op in Florida called USA Chestnut, though they note on their Web site that the season is coming to an end. But they still appear to have organic chestnuts available at $6.95 a pound, not including shipping.
I hope you snag some, because our Recipe Finder has plenty of chestnut recipes you can try. Head to washingtonpost.com/recipes to find them. I’ll get you started with a few:
Chestnuts in Spiced Honey
Chestnut Soup With Green Peppercorn Mascarpone
Tagliatelle in Chestnut and Pancetta Sauce