Author: Danielle Levitt
Fennel, also known as sweet fennel or finocchio, originated in the Mediterranean and is popular in Italian and Scandinavian cooking. Closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander, this aromatic vegetable is the swollen, immature stem of a large, feathery bush. The young stems of the plant overlap at the base to form a bulb with white-to-pale-green ribbed layers. Although the stalks are similar to celery both in their appearance and in their crunchy texture, all parts of the plant (bulb, stalks, and fronds) have a pleasantly sweet anise, or licorice-like flavor, and are edible. (more…)
This recipe is from Mark Bittman who writes “The Minimalist” column in the New York Times. If you do not have any dried shiitake mushrooms, so you can use fresh shiitake mushrooms. Where the recipe calls for reserved mushroom water from the dried mushrooms, you can substitute chicken broth. Yields 4 servings. (more…)
While this recipe calls for roasting them in the oven, they are pretty darn good cooked on the grill. Toss with oil, and place right on the grill. If the sprouts are on the small side, you might want to use a mesh plate (available as a grill accessory) to keep them from falling into the fire. (more…)
From Food Network Magazine, this recipe is easy and delicious and serves 4 as a side. You can substitute any of Farmer John’s white potatoes in lieu of the Yukons. Skillet dishes like this are versatile too – you can always toss in a meat, egg, or other vegetables to experiment with different flavors. (more…)
From the Winter 2009 issue of Edible Green Mountains, this recipe serves 6. While not for a speedy, weeknight meal, it is delicious and well-worth the effort. You can omit the chestnuts or purchase great ones from Sonoma in a glass jar this time of year (just open and quarter). Do try it for that cozy Fall or Wintry supper!
P.S. The wines cook off so no worries serving to the entire family.