Rosemary Roasted Fennel and Red Potatoes

This recipe is part of the main course to a 1-Hour Sicilian inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!  I mentioned my love of fennel in the Sicilian Fennel Salad recipe from course one.  And guess what…. Fennel is baaaaack.  Remember when I talked about recurring flavor threads?  In this menu, fennel is one of them! (The rosemary and squeeze of lemon are too!)  This time instead of crunchy and refreshing, its roasted: caramelized, mellow, and sweet. Fennel is underused. Underrated. And under-appreciated.  Period.  It’s great in salads, roasted, or even grilled!  Treat it like a cross between an onion, celery, and kohlrabi…

Middle Eastern Spiced Chicken with Olives, Dates, and Bulgar

This recipe is part of the main course to a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!  We have arrived.   The. Main. Course. The dish all other courses are planned around! The thing the whole meal revolves around! The brain child. The idea for this dish swarmed in my head for ages.  After a while, I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to execute the dish.  The ingredients.  The flavors.  The techniques.  The finishings.  Everything.   Because Middle Eastern cuisine is basically my 2nd love language, I knew it simply must be the star of a Valentine’s…

Middle Eastern Green Salad with Dukkah Olive Oil

This recipe is the first course on a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!   My favorite salads are topped with all of the things!!  If you can barely see the greens below? Even better. Great salads follow an equation.  Its not exactly mathematics, but its still an important formula.  Salads need at least one sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy component!  THAT is the equation for the perfect salad.  This formula has limitless combinations! Once you have your sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy sorted out, you can go to town on the flavor and texture…

Thyme Roasted Carrots with Maple Dijon Glaze

Colorful roasted vegetables are always welcome on my table.  Especially during the holidays!  These roasted carrots are beyond delicious!  We ate a lot of superbly awesome things on Thanksgiving… but when the roasted vegetable is hogging all of the “What’s the recipe?” side-dish hype, you know its a winner. These roasted carrots are easy to make and topped with an addicting maple dijon glaze!  Perfect for a the holidays…. and a weeknight! I’ll be sitting out the hosting on Christmas day, but I am forever and always the salad, roasted veg, and dessert gal for our fam’s Christmas gathering.  So get ready folks, I’m bringing my A-game with these roasted carrots!…

Creamy Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup with Herb Garlic Finishing Oil

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of overindulgence, loads of stuffing, a mountain of mashed potatoes, and leftovers coming out your ears.  We are still working our way through the turkey.  And I see all of these wonderful ideas for using up your turkey.  And we have given some of them a try in the past, but to be honest, I’m happy with adding it on top of a salad, and the husband will tell you that there is nothing quite like a leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with mayo, sourdough bread, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper.  The boy could eat that morning, noon, and night…
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