Shaved Spring Vegetable and Apple Salad

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8


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 and shaved paper-thin
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, rice vinegar, lemon juice, chives, and fennel fronds.

Add the shaved fruit and vegetables to the vinaigrette, toss well, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day to allow the flavors to meld. Taste again and add additional salt if desired before serving.

Adapted from The Flaxitarian Table by Peter Berley

Root Vegetable Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche and Honey-Crisped Walnuts

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound onions, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
Sea salt or kosher salt
2 pounds assorted winter root vegetables, such as rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, turnip, celery root, and sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly toasted and finely ground
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
6 cups chicken, duck or vegetable stock, or water
1 cup heavy cream or créme fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, for serving
Honey-Crisped Walnuts, for serving


Heat the oil and butter in a heavy, 4 to 5 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the garlic and onions are soft and juicy, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the root vegetables, ground fennel, and turmeric. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender and crush easily against the side of the pan, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the cream and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or working carefully in batches in a food processor or stand blender), purée the soup until smooth, then season with black pepper and additional salt, as desired.

Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley, and honey-crisped walnuts.

Honey-Crisped Walnuts

Makes about 1 cup


1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 cup walnut halves and pieces
3 tablespoons honey
Fine sea salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Rub a small baking dish or pie plate with the butter. Add the walnuts and drizzle evenly with the honey. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown, 13 to 14 minutes.

Scrape the walnuts onto a plate, season lightly with salt, and let cool. The walnuts will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Pumpkin Succotash with Stewed Clams

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 as a side dish


1 cup turkey stock
¼ pound fresh lima beans (or dried lima beans soaked overnight)
2 tablespoons turkey fat
1 leek, washed and chopped
3 scallions, chopped (keep white and green parts separate)
2 dozen little neck clams, rinsed
½ pound pumpkin, peeled and cubed
1 ear of corn, kernels removed from cob
¼ pound sunchokes, peeled and cubed
Sea salt


Boil lima beans in turkey stock until tender.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add turkey fat. Sauté the leeks and white part of the scallions, cook, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the clams, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the other vegetables one by one, waiting for each one to be almost cooked before adding the next. Add the boiled lima beans, and let everything cook together until all of the clams have opened.
Season with salt and garnish with reserved greens of scallions and serve.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Sunchoke Ramp and Nettle Soup (adapted from

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


1 lb sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock (preferable home made)
1 lb ramps, roughly chopped
5 oz stinging nettles*, cleaned and blanched
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
salt & pepper to taste
dollop of crème fraiche for garnish


Add the sunchokes and stock to a stockpot. Cover and simmer over low heat for about an hour, or until the sunchokes are very tender.

Add the ramps, nettles, mint and parsely, and cook for another minute or two until the ramps are a bright green in color and the nettles are warmed through.

Transfer to a blender and blend the nettle soup until smooth and bright green. Salt to taste then pour the green soup into 4 small soup bowls.

Top with a dollop of crème fraiche per bowl and serve with some crusty bread, toasted and rubbed with a raw clove of garlic.

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