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Real Food Right Now and How to Cook it (#realfoodrightnow) is our weekly series on the ABCs and 123s of seasonal food.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Tofu

Tofu: love it or hate it, you have to admit that it's a pretty interesting food - its inherent blandness making it the perfect canvas for lots of bold flavors. Made from just soy milk and a coagulant, the result can be creamy, firm or anywhere in between. Tofu's culinary uses are just as varied, from savory to sweet. Want to make your own? We've got you covered!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Rutabaga

Sweet, versatile, hardy and a keeper. Sounds good enough to put a ring on it. Yet, despite all of its noble and endearing qualities, it's not easy being a rutabaga. This week's Real Food Right Now has all you ever wanted to know about this under-appreciated root veggie.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Soy Milk

Soy milk's popularity has waned in recent years with the rise of other alternatives to cow's milk and soy's increasingly negative image. But what are the environmental and health impacts of soy milk? And how is it made? Spoiler: it's super easy to make at home - and we've got the recipe (and video) to prove it. Read on for everything you've ever wanted to know about soy milk.

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 2016? 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: Dates

The history and symbolism of dates traces back for thousands of years, nearly to the beginning of history. Borne on tall, beautiful, drought-tolerant palms, dates are both delicious and versatile. Read on to find out more about this fascinating fruit.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Duck

Ducks were first domesticated 4000 years ago in China, and since then have become part of the culinary landscape in many cultures. From duck fat fries to the environmental impacts of duck farming, we've got your primer on all things duck.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Turkey

Americans eat roughly 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving alone, but turkey meat is much more than a holiday staple. Read on to learn all about this bird we know so well, and impress your friends and family with your knowledge of all things turkey!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Late Fall Roundup

With late fall in mind, and an eye towards the food-centric holidays ahead, we've put together some of our favorite seasonal Real Food posts - so you can impress your family and friends with foodie trivia and delicious fall-inspired dishes this holiday season. Happy eating!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Sea Urchin (Uni)

"Creamy," "custardy," "the essence of the sea" are common descriptors used by sea urchin lovers. Sea urchin has long rewarded intrepid diners who scissor past the threatening exterior for a silky, briny treat (spoiler alert: it's the gonads).

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Rye

There are a lot of reasons to love rye - and they don't all require a measure of vermouth and a cherry. Cereal rye is an extremely versatile grain. It can be boiled and eaten whole, milled into flour and even rolled into an oat alternative. For those reasons and more, we shouldn't pass by rye.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Tilapia

Tilapia, the common name for nearly a hundred species of cichlid fish, is seemingly everywhere. It is the fourth most consumed seafood in the US. But where did these fish come from? Are they healthy? Sustainable?

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Acorns

We'd wager that at some point in your life, probably when you were a little kid, you stood under an oak tree holding an acorn and looked up thinking, "that big tree came from this little thing?" You may be surprised to learn that for many cultures' ancestors, the acorn was more than just a symbol of the wonders of life - it was a major food staple.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Pawpaw

The woods of North America are a veritable cornucopia of food - plenty of it really yummy. A great example is the pawpaw, America's largest indigenous fruit! With a tropical taste, a variety of culinary uses and a large range, it's a shame that pawpaws aren't a snack staple. Go out and get a hold of one of these super local fruits!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cow's Milk

The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Coffee

Coffee is the world's second most traded commodity after oil, and more than two billion cups of the caffeinated beverage are drunk around the world every day. But how did the fruit of a desert shrub become one of the most popular (and for some of us, necessary) beverages on the planet? And what are the environmental implications of our global addiction?

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