Crispy Root Vegetable Latkes with Beet Applesauce

Latkes made with boiling potatoes instead of starchy baking ones, really? And with celery root, rutabagas and parsnips? You must be kidding. What would our forefather's say? "Well" I would tell them, “I still fry them in oil so I’m honoring Hanukkah.”

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Gold Potato & Root Vegetable Gratin

A new casserole to be thankful for.

Gold Potato, Root Vegetable Gratin Tired of trying to revamp that green bean or broccoli casserole to fit today’s dietary standards, here is a new one just in time for the holidays. It may not be as colorful, but it is more nutritious, packed with vitamins and absolutely delicious. .

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Bouquet of Baked Spring Vegetables

A rainbow of spring veggies for your Easter or Passover plate.  Bouquet of Baked Spring Vegetables. Prep them, bake them and serve them all in one casserole. It doesn't get easier than this. 

Scarlett onions, crimson peppers, orange carrots, emerald asparagus and yellow and green squash bake into a rainbow of colors on your plate. They are the perfect veggies to go with your Easter ham or Passover brisket.  

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Roasted Cauliflower Crumbles with Panko & Gruyere

"Wow! Risotto!" my vegetarian daughter, Caryn, exclaimed when I set a bowl of finely chopped and roasted cauliflower on the table. "Not exactly," I explained, "unless you want to call this roasted cauliflower risotto."

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Spinach with Garlic, Currants & Pine Nuts

You won't want to pass up this simple spinach recipe that I guarantee will turn over a new leaf in your spinach cooking repertoire. It has revolutionized cooking plain spinach for me–and you can even make it for crowd. 

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Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Zucchini and Spice Cheese

How many roles can one mushroom play? How about an excellent hors d'oeuvre, first course, vegetable side dish or vegetarian entree?  Vegetables don't get more versatile than this. 

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Roasted Two Squash & Red Onion Galette

Each bite of this fragrant tart encapsulates the beauty of Fall and nostalgia of Thanksgiving. Assembling it is a little more complicated than most of my recipes, but if you take it a step at a time, you will have great success.

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Roasted Asparagus With Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs

Deeply browned, crisp-tender asparagus spears, sprinkled with garlic breadcrumbs, is a vegetable dish that brightens almost any entree from grilled to braised. 

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Roasted Eggplant with Chermoula sauce

Eggplant slices take on delicious charred flavor when roasted over high heat. Drizzling the slices with spicy, earthy and lemony Moroccan Chermoula sauce adds great depth of flavor. These are so tasty that I like to just pick them up and eat them out of my hands. 

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Honey-Glazed Cumin-Spiced Carrots

These are no ordinary carrots. Cooking them in honey and then seasoning with cumin makes them so flavorful that they become a conversation piece. Everyone tries to guess the ingredients. 

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BARLEY RISOTTO WITH SQUASH & PEAS

Oftentimes, I prefer cooking barley like risotto rather than boiling it, because adding broth slowly causes the grains to become creamy and swell. If you want to make the dish ahead, you have two choices: You can partially cook the barley and leave it covered on the stove to be finished before serving. Or, because barley risotto is heartier than rice, the finished dish can be reheated very successfully in the microwave.

 8 oz. butternut squash (1 1/2 cups) cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen peas, at room temperature
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large sprigs thyme, plus more for garnish
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cinnamon stick (about 3-inches)
1 cup pearled barley, rinsed

 1.      To cook squash and peas, bring a deep saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Add squash, cook until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes.  When the squash is almost tender, add the peas. Cook 2 minutes, drain and set aside.
 

2.     In a 3 1/2 to 4 quart saucepan, heat olive oil over moderate heat.  Add onions and cook, stirring for 1 minute.  Cover pan with a sheet of waxed paper and the lid, reduce heat to low and cook until onions are very tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Do not let them brown. 
 

3.     Meanwhile, pour the stock into another saucepan.  Add the cinnamon stick and thyme and simmer, partially covered, for 5 minutes. Leave on low heat. Stir the barley into the onions for 1 minute.  Raise the heat to medium. Stir 1 cup stock into    the barley mixture and cook, stirring slowly, until the barley has begun to swell and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 6 minutes.  Add 1 more cup of stock and stir slowly until barley absorbs the stock completely. 

 MAKE AHEAD: The risotto can be held for up to 2 hours off the heat after the first 2 cups of stock are partially absorbed. Some liquid should be remaining in the pan.  Cover and reheat before continuing. 

 4.     Add 2 more cups of stock, one cup at a time, cooking until the stock is completely absorbed before adding the fourth cup.  Barley is done when it is creamy on the outside and slightly firm (al dente) in the center, about 30 minutes. If barley is still too firm, stir in the remaining stock 1/2 cup at a time. 

 5.     Fold in the peas and squash.  Cook until heated through, 2 minutes. Season to taste. Garnish each serving with a small thyme sprig.

 MAKE AHEAD:  Risotto may be held at room temperature for several hours and reheated in the microwave.

Makes 6 to 8 servings. 

 TIP: To easily peel squash, prick it several times with the tip of a sharp knife and microwave it for 2 minutes to soften and then peel with a vegetable peeler. 

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