Whole roasted romanesco

Romanesco is a showstopper. It’s an architectural wonder vegetable offering the best of both broccoli and cauliflower. Often I prepare it in a similar manner to those vegetables, but serving it like this puts its best features on display. This is easy enough to make. Preheat the oven to 425. Remove stems and leaves from…

Coconut curry soup

I saved a bit of the basil I bought for pesto to treat myself with a warming coconut curry soup. The aromatic combination of curry, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and fresh herbs was splendid for the cold I’ve been fighting. The soup is a bit complicated to make with so many flavors and toppings, but it’s…

Pumpkin seeds

I’m a big fan of salty crunchy things so I never miss a chance to make this more healthy option. Very crunchy, but with good fiber and micronutrients. These are from my Halloween pumpkin, but this method is great for the seeds from any winter squash – butternut, acorn, spaghetti, delicata all have edible seeds….

Roast chicken: fall comfort food at its best

Once the weather turns colder and darker – or maybe it’s just the perfect meal for football season – I get motivated to roast a chicken every week. I love trying new herbs and flavorings. Plus having leftover roast chicken for soups, salads, and whatnot is invaluable for quick meals. And then of course, it’s…

Roasted root vegetables

This is one of my favorite fall and winter side dishes. It makes use of the best seasonal produce and can be varied endlessly. My favorite combination is sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, fennel, and potato with onions and garlic. Dice them all up and add 3 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon of herbes de Provence, and…

Red pepper sauce

An easy satisfying vegetable sauce to brighten chicken, fish or bowls. Shown here with chicken and sautéed kale, this sauce is a snap to make and will keep for a few days. Long enough for you to try it on a few things or add it to your soup. To make it, preheat your oven…

Duck Confit

This is more of a secret ingredient post. Duck Confit is a classic winter preservation method used in France and the French have perfected the storage of it with canning. I never dreamed I would be recommending a canned product to people, but not only is it fantastic alone, it’s stored in duck fat, which…