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Fennel and Kale Stuffing, herby and comforting

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I’m all about the sides. And my favorite side is stuffing. Or at least it is when it’s anything like this fennel and kale stuffing. Something with hunks of torn bread tossed in olive oil and toasted until golden. Something that feels classic in flavor-profile but has just enough extra …

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Caramelized Carrots & Fennel with Ricotta

I’ve gone most of my life thinking I don’t particularly care for cooked carrots. Give me the raw crunchy ones any time but why bother with the cooked mush? But then I encounter them roasted or braised, cooked slowly until they are burnished with deep dark spots and a concentrated carrot flavor, and I remember …

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Fideos with Chickpeas, Fennel, and Kale

I have long been a fan of America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve spent many lazy Saturdays watching the show (and its sister show, Cook’s Country), which unlike most of what’s available on The Food Network these days, actually teaches you how to cook. There’s something soothing about it. It’s not flashy or particularly exciting. It’s sometimes (always?) …

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Trompe L’Oeil Eggs and Toast, a lemon dessert in disguise

For a number of years in my late twenties and early thirties, Dan and I and a group of friends took turns hosting fortnightly dinner parties where we cooked a meal and played board games and enjoyed each other’s company. (We also passed around an infamous set of poorly made, tangled chimes that had originally …

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