Store bananas separately from other produce (they emit ethylene, which causes other produce to rot).
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Try Banana Doughnuts with Banana Frosting
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Look for grapes that are smooth and plump, and firmly attached to the stem.
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Try it in Pan-Fried Chops with Grape Salad
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Can't tell the difference between a portobello and a cremini? We detail four basic types and give great ideas for cooking them up.
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Try it in Portobello Lasagna with Basil Cream
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Try okra with chopped up olives and cream cheese.
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Try it in Chili-Lime Fried Okra
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Pick firm onion bulbs with shiny, tight skins. Once you're home, slice them using a sharp knife to help cut back on tears.
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Try it in Onion Rings with Creamy Cajun Sauce
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Your grocery store probably has a few pear varieties on hand. Learn how to tell six different types, from an Anjou to a Forelle.
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Try it in Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwiches
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Choosing the right kind of potato is easy once you learn two essential terms: mealy (great for mashing) and waxy (great for boiling and roasting).
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Try it in Scalloped Potatoes
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Not all squash is created equal: Once you cut open the season's pretty, decorative squash, you'll find different textures good for different recipes.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with squash
Try it in Butternut Squash Fries
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