Ants on a log? Celery can do better. Turn this crunchy mainstay into a hearty dinner salad. Make a new kind of smoothie. And if you must pair it with peanut butter and raisins, just try to up the ante a bit.
Recipes by Anna Painter
Snap it up
Choose celery that is light green, with perky leaves and bruise-free stalks. Try gently squeezing a bunch; it should squeak faintly. Celery lasts for up to 10 days in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
Don’t discard the frilly fronds. Fresh, slightly astringent, and packed with intense celery flavor, celery leaves can be stuffed into sandwiches or mixed into salads. To perk up wilted leaves, soak in a glass of ice water for 30 minutes.