Winter Vegetable Soup With Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes and Leeks

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large leeks (1 to 1 1/2 pounds), white parts only, cleaned and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 large carrots (10 ounces), diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 large or 2 medium turnips (10 ounces), peeled and diced
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • A bouquet garni made with a bay leaf and a few sprigs each thyme and parsley
  • Salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche, more to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley or tarragon, for garnish
  • Nutritional Information

PREPARATION

  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, combine the leeks, garlic, carrots, celery, turnips, potatoes, bouquet garni, 1 1/2 quarts water, 2 to 3 teaspoons salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 40 to 45 minutes, until the vegetables are very soft.
  2. Pass the soup through the coarse blade of a food mill (or purée using a blender or an immersion blender).
  3. Return soup to the pot and whisk in 1/4 cup crème fraîche (or more, to taste). Heat through, taste and adjust seasonings (be generous with salt and pepper). To serve, garnish each bowl with a spoonful of crème fraîche and a sprinkle of parsley or tarragon.

Winter Citrus Salad with Honey Dressing

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 blood oranges or tangerines
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1 navel orange
  • Salt
  • ½ small red onion or 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Lime or lemon juice to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly choppedtarragon or a pinch dried
  • Nutritional Information

PREPARATION

  1. Peel citrus, removing as much pith as possible, and slice into wheels. Remove any pits, layer fruit on a serving dish, sprinkle with salt and garnish with chopped onion.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice and tarragon until well combined; taste, adjust seasoning as needed and drizzle over salad.

Mississippi Roast

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 boneless chuck roast or top or bottom round roast, 3 to 4 pounds
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil, like canola
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 to 12 pepperoncini
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon buttermilk, optional
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Nutritional Information

PREPARATION

  1. Place roast on a cutting board and rub the salt and pepper all over it. Sprinkle the flour all over the seasoned meat and massage it into the flesh.
  2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan set over high heat until it is shimmering and about to smoke. Place the roast in the pan and brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes a side, to create a crust. Remove roast from pan and place it in the bowl of a slow cooker. Add the butter and the pepperoncini to the meat. Put the lid on the slow cooker, and set the machine to low.
  3. As the roast heats, make a ranch dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, dill and paprika in a small bowl and whisk to emulsify. Add the buttermilk if using, then whisk again. Remove the lid from the slow cooker and add the dressing. Replace the top and allow to continue cooking, undisturbed, for 6 to 8 hours, or until you can shred the meat easily using 2 forks. Mix the meat with the gravy surrounding it. Garnish with parsley, and serve with egg noodles or roast potatoes, or pile on sandwich rolls, however you like.

Coconut Rice

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Traditional accompaniments for jerk chicken are savory rice with crowder peas or red beans, plantains, sweet potatoes or yams, and a fried corn bread called festival. I had the idea to make my rice with coconut milk and fresh spring peas, which may not please purists, but it’s delicious.

 Coconut Rice With Peas
  • Time40 minutes
  • Yield6 to 8 servings

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cups long-grain rice, washed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup cooked peas
  • 3 tablespoons toasted coconut
  • Nutritional Information

PREPARATION

  1. Put coconut oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and let cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add rice, salt and ginger, and stir to coat. Let rice sizzle for a minute, then add coconut milk and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, then turn heat to low and put on a tightfitting lid.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes, then turn off heat and let rest 10 minutes. Fluff rice and stir in peas. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with toasted coconut.