By Elizabeth Branch
Updated: February 15, 2017

Always start with fresh, peak-season ingredients, which often need the least help and fuss in the kitchen. Fresh peaches and summer berries are bursting with juice and sweetness, while fall apples are refreshingly crisp and full of flavor. In the winter, commit to root vegetables and Brussels spouts, and explore easy, flavor-enhancing techniques, such as roasting or boiling.

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