Creamy Farro Salad with Shaved Fennel, Beets and Radishes

Serves 4
Farro is the Tuscan name for spelt, a hard brown wheat traditionally eaten in Tuscany, Italy. Farro looks similar to short grain brown rice, and has a nutty, earthy taste. Farro’s chewy texture holds up even after long cooking. Because of its hard texture, it’s good to soak farro overnight in order to make [...]

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Dark Whole Wheat

Makes 2 regular sized loaves

Ingredients
2 packages (1 1/2 tablespoons) active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 cups water
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounce bittersweet dark chocolate
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3 cups medium rye flour
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose or bread flour
1 cup bran
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon [...]

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Fava Bean and Fennel Orzo with Lemon Dill Pesto & Feta

Homemade pasta is incredibly easy and quick to make, offering the options for flavor diversity. It is simple and cheap and with very few tools needed, we recommend every kitchen being equipped with a pasta maker/pasta roller, they are relatively inexpensive and they allow you to roll the pasta extremely thin and cut the pasta evenly. Of course you can do it all by hand as well.

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Fennel and Herb Peppered Tuna Steaks

Spread mixture on tuna steaks

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Fennel, Orange & Mint Salad

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, [...]

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Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

Serves 6-8
Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 [...]

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Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Peas, Fennel, Tomatoes and Sausage With Pecorino Herb Sprinkle

Homemade pasta is incredibly easy and quick to make, offering the options for flavor diversity. It is simple and cheap and with very few tools needed, we recommend every kitchen being equipped with a pasta maker/pasta roller, they are relatively inexpensive and they allow you to roll the pasta extremely thin and cut the pasta evenly. Of course you can do it all by hand as well.

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Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

Serves 6
Ingredients
¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 [...]

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Grapefruit Fennel Salty Dog

Ingredients
Grapefruit Zest  Pink Rim Salt*
Ice3  ounces vodka
4 ounces fresh grapefruit fennel juice ( 1 grapefruit, ¼ cup fennel, handful of fennel fronds)
Directions

Place the zested salt on a small flat plate, moisten the entire circular rim of a highball glass and then gently dip the rim in the salt until the salt is [...]

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Herbacious Olives

Serves 10
INGREDIENTS
½ cup olive oil
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
½ tablespoon mustard seeds
½ tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cups of mixed olives
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients, except olives, in small saucepan over medium-low heat, until warmed through and herbs and spice flavors have been infused. Pour over [...]

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Herbs de Provence

One of the best dried herb mixes!  Wonderful on grilled meats and fish and breads. A fresh version is also a heavenly additive to your summer culinary repertoire.
Ingredients
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh summer savory, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped [...]

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Indian Summer Ratatouille

This version of the traditional fresh Provencal vegetable stew is both easy and tasty as well and utilizes the best of the late summer/early fall bounty!

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

Serves 6
Ingredients
For chicken pesto meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
1 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fien
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg
For the soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fien
1 teaspoon [...]

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For chicken pesto meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg
For the soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon [...]

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Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
For the brine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine; thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1  cup salt
2 gallons hot water (no more, possible less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and [...]

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Orange Cinnamon Fennel Cava

Ingredients
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce fennel seed syrup (recipe follows)
Cava
Cinnamon dusting
Directions
Place one ounce of the orange juice and one ounce of the fennel seed syrup in a champagne glass and fill with cava. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated cinnamon.
Fennel Seed Syrup
Makes 2 cups of syrup
Ingredients
¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon [...]

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Orange Fennel Rocolla Salad

Makes 4 Servings

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Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

Serves 9
Ingredients
4 lemons (juice of 4, zest of 2)
1 cup white wine vinegar (lemon champagne vinegar also is great)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
3 fresh bay leaves
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme, [...]

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Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

Makes 3 cups

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Rampatini

Makes one cocktail
Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)
Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp
Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice [...]

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Roasted Brook Trout with Fennel and Black Grapes

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
2 fillets brook trout, rainbow trout, or other super fresh trout
1 bulb fennel
Sea or kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
Zest of 1 lemon, juice of half
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup black grape puree, recipe follows
½ cup black grapes
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Make sure trout has been cleaned of [...]

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Roasted Spring Vegetable Salsa and Whole Wheat Chips

Makes 2-3 cups salsa
Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 small spring onions, chopped fine
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
3 spears of asparagus, chopped fine
½ cup fresh peas
½ cup carrots, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons [...]

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Sausage Parsley Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For the Meatballs
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, ground
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons milk
Olive oil
For the Tomato Cream Sauce
1 (12-ounce) can plain tomato sauce
1 (12-ounce) container heavy whipping cream
PREPARATION
To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix sausage, garlic, fennel seeds, chili flakes, and [...]

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Seafood Fusilli and Creamy Lobster Sauce with Shaved Fennel and Lemon Salad

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound pasta dough, cooked
For lobster sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup white wine
2 lobster bodies, cut in half vertically (Your fishmonger should be able to provide you with lobster bodies at no charge)
2 cups heavy cream
6 to 8 threads saffron
Kosher salt
Pepper
For salad
1 bulb fennel
Juice of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
1 [...]

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Shaved Spring Vegetable and Apple Salad

Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fennel fronds, chopped
2 red apples (gala, winesap, or red delicious), shaved paper-thin
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and shaved paper-thin
6 large or 8 small radishes, trimmed and shaved paper-thin
4 large or 6 small sunchokes, peeled [...]

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Snow, Snap and Shelling Peas with Fennel, Lemon & Spring Herbs

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1½ cups snow peas
1½ cups snap peas
1 cup fresh peas
1 fennel bulb, shaved
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Maldon salt
DIRECTIONS
In a steamer pan steam snow peas and snap peas for a few minutes, add the fresh peas and steam for another [...]

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Solo Fish Dinner of Mackeral, Fennel Olive & Herbs with Lemony Spring Potatoes

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
1 small whole mackerel, cleaned and deboned if possible
Salt/pepper
1 small fennel bulb, sliced thin
¼ cup calamata olives, pitted and sliced
1 lemon (half sliced and the other juiced)
Baby spring potatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
Tin foil
Directions
Preheat over to 400°F. Season the mackerel with salt and [...]

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Spring Greens & Fennel Salad with Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups spring greens
1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons fresh dill leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt/pepper

Directions

In a large salad bowl combine the greens, the fennel and the fresh herbs and toss together [...]

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Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

Serves 4-6
This lovely & lively dish is perfect for a chilly spring day, perfectly fresh yet warming with loads of fresh herbs and spring vegetables.
Ingredients
4-6 cross-cut veal shanks (osso bucco tied with kitchen string)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 sprigs onions, whites [...]

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Steamed Mussels

Serves 4
Ingredients
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced into half moons
4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 cup white wine
2 pounds mussels, washed, beards removed
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
Directions
Heat ¼ cup olive oil and butter in [...]

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Tomato Cream Linguini with Sausage, Fennel, & Parsley

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
Olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds, lightly toasted
1-2 teaspoons dried red chili flakes
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 small can tomato paste, 4 ounces
1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
1 small container heavy whipping cream, 4 ounces
1 package (box) linguini, cooked, 16 ounces
Salt
PREPARATION
In sauté pan, place [...]

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