Balsamic Glazed Endive

Endive is a great spring vegetable. I love the bitterness of the endive, which is not too powerful. I simmer the endive in broth and balsamic vinegar until it gets soft and the liquid makes a thick syrup that I drizzle on top. The sweet balsamic glaze pairs very well with the slightly bitter endive.
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This recipe is for salad lovers out there who dream about a hearty salad for dinner. The barley is nutty and chewy and coated with a sweet and bold Mediterranean spice mix. Combined with the salty feta, tangy pomegranate seeds and scallions, this salad brings together lots of great flavors and textures. This is also a great dish to bring to a potluck! (Adapted from Cooks Mediterranean Cooking)

Pasta Puttanesca

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Pasta Puttanesca This is a great pantry pasta that you can pull together in no time, with ingredients that you likely have sitting around in your house. I love the salty and spicy ingredients here, like capers, olives, anchovies and red pepper flakes, that give this pasta its kick. Feel free to include your own additions or take out those that don’t suit you.
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Want an easy weeknight salmon recipe with about 4 ingredients? This pan seared salmon cooks, which cooks along with fresh lemon, rosemary and garlic, will impart flavor and be done in no time. I love to serve the fish alongside the roasted lemon slices and garlic – they are my favorite part of the dish. Serve fish with Mashed Potato salad with balsamic Vinaigrette alongside, or plate fish on top of a mound of the potatoes.
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This is a mix between a potato salad and mashed potatoes. The potatoes get mixed with a balsamic vinaigrette that kicks this up another notch.
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This is a mix between a soup and a stew. My favorite part about this Ribollita is the crusty garlic bread that sits on the bottom of the bowl and absorbs all of the amazing flavors of the sage, beans, vegetables and broth. This is a filling and healthy vegan meal that you can pull together in no time. (Adapted from Shira Bocar, Healthy Appetite)
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Have you ever had a super thin and crispy boneless chicken breast? This is the one to try. The key to this dish is twofold: pounding the chicken breast thin and the bright lemon and caper sauce that your pour over the top. Serve this with your favorite risotto and tasteguru’s arugala and fennel salad.

Tomato Coconut Curry Soup

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Watercourse Foods, an amazing vegetarian restaurant in Denver made a delicious Tomato Coconut Curry Soup that was totally addictive. It had just the right amount of spiciness and sweetness and was full of veggies that melted in your mouth and a broth that was creamy and full of body. I tried to replicate it for years and this version seems to finally be right on!

Whole Roasted Lemon Chicken

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Sometimes on a wintery Hanukah night, as the candles burn inside it’s nice to sit around the table with family and friends and eat a simple and homey roasted chicken. This whole roasted chicken, with some extra bright flavor from lemons squeezed over the top, will hit the spot this Hanukah. I cook the chicken along with onions, carrots and potatoes, in one large roasting dish, so that all you have to do is carve it up and your whole meal is ready! (Inspired by Julia Child’s Roast Lemon Chicken)

Mini Latke Trio

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These little latkes are a great Hanukah finger food for your next party. Each latke comes with its own sauce that you can put on top. Try the traditional latkes with homemade applesauce, the zucchini latkes with lemon zest cream or the sweet potatoe latkes with sriracha aioli. If you make them all, have a taste test to see which ones your guests like best!