Fennel, Orange & Mint Salad

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Served 6

INGREDIENTS

2 fennel bulbs with fennel fronds
3 navel oranges
½ red onion, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped fine
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and reserve ¼ cup of the fennel fronds and chop (set aside). Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside.

To prepare the orange segments, using a serrated knife, slice off both ends of each orange and then stand upright on a cutting board. Following the curve of the fruit, cut away the peel and white pith. Working over a small bowl (to reserve any juices), still using your serrated knife cut into each orange segment avoiding the white pith to create clean orange segments and place in bowl with fennel. From what is left of oranges, squeeze juice (about 2 to 3 tablespoons) into bowl and set aside.

In the same bowl with the fennel and oranges, add red onion, mint, kalamata olives and reserved chopped fennel fronds. In the bowl with the leftover orange juice, add honey and olive oil and whisk. Add to salad and season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Herb Mashed Cannellini Beans

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Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

10 cloves garlic (skin on)
1 fresh rosemary sprigs
3 fresh thyme sprigs
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1¾ cups chicken broth
Freshly ground pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F. In aluminum foil, add garlic cloves and herb sprigs and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and wrap. Bake in oven until cloves are soft, 30 minutes. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, remove garlic from skins and mash.
Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, over medium heat add olive oil. Add beans, mashed garlic, chicken broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mash beans with a potato masher until chunky. Add lemon juice and herbs and serve.

Lemon Cake with Mint Honey Cream

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Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For cake batter

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup plain yogurt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups sugar
5 eggs

For mint honey cream

1½ cups heavy cream, cold
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray or softened butter. Set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, and yogurt and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated, repeat with remaining eggs; add about one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of lemon yogurt mixture, mixing until just incorporated after each addition (about 5 seconds). Repeat using half of remaining flour mixture; mix until batter is thorougly combined. Add cake batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is golden brown and wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into center comes out with no crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.

For mint honey cream

In a large metal bowl, add cold heavy cream and whisk until soft peaks. Add honey and continue whisking until medium to stiff peaks form. Fold in mint and serve alongside lemon cake.

Roasted and Herb Crusted Lamb Loin

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Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
¼ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 (4 pounds) boneless lamb leg roast, tied

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a small bowl, combine mustard, garlic, herbs, cumin and salt. Set aside.
In a large sauté pan, over high heat, add canola oil. Add lamb and brown on all sides. Remove from pan and smear the top of roast with mustard and herb mixture.

Put lamb on a rack in a roasting pan and cook for (20 minutes per pound) 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 130°F for medium-rare or 140°F for medium. Transfer lamb to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes.

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