Fleur De Sel - 1 lb
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The taste of Fleur de Sel is the complex balance of the sea and her minerals with small flaky crystals, a naturally moist texture and a slight grey /pink cast. It is used to finish a dish rather than as a cooking ingredient for say pasta water. It is a natural complement to fresh raw vegetables, salads, or grilled meats. A truly fulfilling moment is fresh trimmed radishes dipped in Fleur de Sel and served with sweet butter and sliced baguette.

 

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Fleur de Sel Caramels
Why add salt to already delicious caramel? Good sea salt like fleur de sel, wakes up the flavor and just makes it, well, more "caramelly." Salt tempers the sweetness, making the flavor rich and round, with deep toasty notes and a long, lingering, delicious finish.


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Pork Medallions with Balsamic-Honey Glaze
The mouth-watering smell of this pork tenderloin cooking on the grill is simply impossible to resist. Be sure to make extra...it tastes delicious chilled, sliced and on sandwiches.
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Chipotle Chili Pepper Rub
Rub on beef roasts or steaks before barbecuing or oven-roasting them. So few ingredients yet it brings out some big flavors.
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Lavender Salt
Homemade lavender salt has a refreshing, herbal aroma and flavor that is superb with vegetables, potatoes, meats, poultry and seafood.
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Morel and Truffle Gratinee
It's difficult to improve on the taste of morels. Many of the world's best chefs insist that they're most delicious when sautéed in butter with salt and pepper. They have a delicate, subtle flavor that can easily get lost when combined with other ingredients, but it's always nice to try something different.
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Mushroom Casserole
This recipe makes an unusual side dish, or an excellent vegetarian main course. It's rich and creamy, with simple seasonings that don't interfere with the wonderful taste of the mushrooms.
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Pork Tenderloins Stuffed with Chanterelles
Pork tenderloins are flavorful, inexpensive, versatile, and a breeze to cook on the grill in the summer, or in the oven during the rest of the year. Experiment with different mushrooms for variety.
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Potstickers with Ponzu Dipping Sauce
When you make pot stickers for an appetizer, you may want to consider doubling or tripling the recipe. This recipe makes two dozen, and they won't last long.

They're bite-sized and they're delicious - especially when dipped in Ponzu Sauce!

Hint: You can always buy bottled Ponzu Sauce, but personally, I like to make my own. You can definitely taste the difference. See recipe in the Earthy Delights recipe file.
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Sautéed Fiddleheads with Morel Mushrooms
Simple to prepare, yet brings out the best in all flavors. The rich, earthy flavor of fresh morels is enhanced by green, fresh ferns and shallots. Use as appetizer or a side dish.
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Stuffed Morel Mushrooms II
This is a superb and very special way to enjoy morels. Perfect for a special occasion.
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White Asparagus & Roasted Mushroom Salad
This is a particularly excellent recipe because it is so versatile and mixes several unusual flavors. Arugula has a peppery flavor that mixes with the asparagus, the mushrooms, and the garlic to create a dream salad. This is not a difficult recipe. It takes only minutes to put together and it makes a spectacular first course, or a side dish to an elegant dinner.
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White Asparagus with Truffle Vinaigrette
Baby white asparagus is succulent and tender and lends itself to being treated like royalty, with truffles and walnut oil! This elegant preparation is extremely simple but is perfect as a salad or side dish.
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White Truffle Cream II
A quick variation on white truffle cream using cultivated mushrooms to add depth of flavor and substance. Use over pasta, potatoes, meats, poultry, seafoods. Use any mushrooms you may have on hand. A versatile recipe to have in your repertoire, especially for unexpected guests!
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Mushroom Bolognese
A classic Bolognese sauce is one of the big, heavy sauces, filled with meat. It is a long-cooking sauce that needs a slow simmering to tenderize the meat and transfer the flavor to the sauce.

This version, however, using mushrooms, cooks in less than a third of the time without compromising the intense flavor. You can be creative and use any mushrooms you wish, especially the ones you pick yourself!
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Morels and Ramps in Phyllo
Morels and ramps - what is more evocative of spring?
These two spring-time delicacies pair wonderfully in this recipe inspired by the famous Greek spinach dish, Spanakopita. Meltingly crisp layers of buttery pastry give way to the distinctive earthy flavors of morels and ramps. If you use early spring ramps as we suggest, you can use all the greens, right up to the tip.
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Zucchini Stuffed with Morels, Ramps & Pine Nuts
This is a superb appetizer, or side dish, not difficult, but probably something your guests haven't tried anywhere else. This dish is delicious, and very unusual yet elegant. This recipe yields about 30 rounds. Don't count on leftovers.
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Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato & Black Garlic Sauce
This fabulous recipe was submitted by Diane Nemitz during our recent Black Garlic recipe contest. While this recipe didn't take the prize, we think you'll find this simple, but richly flavored dish to be a winner too.
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Fettuccine with Morels
Though many people like their morel mushrooms sautéed and served with toast, there's another entire camp of 'shroomers who love the undeniably delightful experience of enjoying them with pasta. Pasta is a natural background for fine quality mushrooms, and morels pair excellently with fettuccine.
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Italian Sausage Soup or Pasta
This versatile recipe adapts itself to either a hearty soup or an elegant pasta course with very little trouble.
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Pasta alla Carbonara with Ramps
It seems that trendy restaurants are constantly "re-discovering" new ingredients that are actually very old traditional foods. Hog jowl (guanciale in Italian), a bacon-like cured pork, is one such "hot" ingredient. Old timers have never forgotten about them and have relished their rich layers of flavor and texture for generations. It's only fitting that we pair them up with ramps, another old-time country food, in this updated version of the Italian classic, Pasta alla Carbonara.

As with most Italian pasta dishes, there is relatively little sauce. The eggs are added to the sauce raw, and cook with the heat of the pasta itself, forming a coating on the noodles, with chewy nuggets of hog jowl scattered among them.
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Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin with Mushroom Risotto
Remember to allow at least 40 to 50 minutes for the risotto to cook. Charlie Trotter suggests partially cooking the risotto earlier in the day, using only three-quarters of the mushroom stock. Refrigerate it in the pan, then just prior to serving, return the pan to the heat. Add the remaining mushroom stock in ¼ cup additions and continue with the recipe as directed. This recipe is from Charlie Trotter's book "Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home" published by the Ten Speed Press.
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Lamb with Rosemary, Cherries & Wine
Lamb is an elegant alternative to the usual meat fare and its delicate flavor and natural tenderness make it ideal for cooking fairly quickly. The flavor of the lamb is enhanced by the rosemary and intensified by adding the sweet cherries and red wine.
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Pan-seared Steak with Herbes de Provence
If it's raining or it's winter and grilling is not in the cards, this is a delicious alternative, which is a classic recipe.
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Pork Satay
The classic Thai-style of grilling small pieces of pork. The fragrance alone beckons to your senses. A perfect meal that can be prepared ahead of time and cooked quickly, leaving you time to spend with your guests instead of in the kitchen. You can cut the marinating time to suit your schedule, it will still taste delicious.
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Roast Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout
A tenderloin made extra special with the addition of fresh wild mushroom. Like being in heaven here on earth!
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Short Ribs Braised with Onions & Stout
Short ribs are very meaty and very tasty. They're perfectly suited to a long, slow braise. This recipe, based on the Belgian classic "Carbonnade à la Flamande" concentrates on three ingredients - beef, beer and onions.

The result?
Tender, succulent ribs bathed in a deep, rich & flavorful broth. Now that's rib-sticking, comfort food!
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Spanish Stew
A spicy, aromatic, ingredient-filled stew. The result is memorable and satisfying. Feel free to experiment and to add more or less of anything according to your fancy. This recipe will serve 4-6.
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Tenderloins Forestiere
Slicing the beef tenderloin before cooking lets it do so quickly. The wild mushroom-ramp sauce adds some rich, rustic flavors to the meat.
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Veal Scaloppini with Fresh Morels and Marsala
While veal is a popular meat to serve with this dish, some people prefer to substitute chicken or low fat turkey breasts. They're less expensive and leaner. The word "scaloppini" is a reference to the way in which the meat is sliced - very thin and across the grain so that it'll be extra tender. The wild leeks,or Ramps, have an extra "edge" which goes nicely with this mild dish.
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Wild Mushroom & Veal Terrine with Pepper Coulis
Above all else, remember that this dish must be made a day ahead of time. A well made terrine is a fine experience to have - these flavors have been thoroughly combined with one another until they're barely distinguishable. What emerges is another flavor altogether, a combination of all the ingredients that makes a brand new "taste experience." This "taste experience" is only enhanced by the fact that the flavors have been permitted to sit undisturbed overnight - settling in and blending until you have a truly fine creation.
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Caramelized Wild Leeks (Ramps)
In the south, ramp season begins in early Spring,
just after the ground begins to warm. The first ramps of the year are young and tender with a slender bulb, barely the size of scallions. As the season progresses, the harvest moves north, where allium tricoccum is better known as the "wild leek." By mid-June, the green leaves have yellowed and fallen away and the bulb swells and mellows in flavor.
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Roasted Fingerlings with Lavender Salt
It's easy to enhance and intensify the naturally sweet, earthy flavor of fresh fingerling potatoes by roasting. The classic herb blend, Herbes de Provence, and pungent, aromatic lavender transform this simple dish into something truly special.
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Artichoke Risotto
An elegant variation on the sublime Northern Italian rice dish, which can be served as a sophisticated accompaniment to any number of entrees, or as an elegant first course.
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Blue-on-Blue Potatoes
Peruvian Blue potatoes are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also taste wonderful. Lavender and potatoes are a classic combination that is visually enticing. This recipe is adapted from The New York Times.
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Chanterelle Mushrooms with Tarragon and Shallots
This is a quick and easy dish that goes well in the summertime with grilled chicken or pork.
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Fiddlehead Soufflé
Fiddlehead ferns are crunchy, with an explosive fresh flavor not unlike asparagus. In general they're at their best when they're prepared very simply: steamed and served with melted butter, salt and pepper. There are exceptions, though. There's something about a fiddlehead soufflé that captures the imagination.
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Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
A totally decadent style of roasting potatoes, head and shoulders above any other way. The flavor is indescribably wonderful. Once you try it, it's hard to go back. Using fingerling potatoes doubles the decadence!
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Polenta Gratin
This is a delicious side dish that goes well with a wide variety of main courses. Use different cookie-cutter shapes for different occasions. Served with creamed spinach and Beef Tenderloin, it becomes a rare gourmet treat. To save yourself some time, the polenta can be prepared a day ahead and chilled overnight. Bake it when you're ready.
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Ramps Stewed with Tomatoes
A simple, basic, versatile recipe that lends itself well to variation.

This recipe is one of those "this'll do and that'll do" recipes. We've tried hard to quantify the ingredients, but the truth is that one of the finest things about cooking with wild ingredients is the spontaneity of it. Experiment with your own ingredients and make this a one-of-a-kind dish that you'll never forget.
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Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns with Parsley and Garlic
A classic, basic recipe to enjoy the flavor of fresh fiddlehead ferns. No frills needed.
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Scalloped Potatoes With Ramps
The distinctive bite of ramps adds a new dimension to this recipe for the family classic, Scalloped Potatoes. If you don't have fresh ramps or wild leeks, defrosted frozen ones will work nicely.
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Toast Points with Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese
A classic that is versatile and easy. Perfect as an appetizer by itself or as a side to a salad or risotto. A few grains of truffle salt will add a new dimension!
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Fingerling Potatoes with Mint and Chives
Nothing evokes the deep, mellow flavors of the earth like plump, tasty fingerling potatoes. The rich flavor of real butter enhances the smooth, silky texture of the potato; fresh chives and mint bring out the herbal notes.
Simple, satisfying and delicious!
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Matsutake Veloute
Matsutake: From the depth of the pine forest, the voice of the hawk - Koya.

This is a mushroom with a unique scent. It is so distinctive, in fact, that it is sometimes used to identify the mushroom. It is fragrant, spicy and clean-smelling - so much so that it is particularly treasured by Japanese chefs. The word "matsutake" means "pine mushroom."
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Morel Mushroom Rice Pilaf
A versatile side dish that is a snap to make but is gourmet in looks and taste.
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Aztec Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate the way it was meant to be eaten! Rich, dark chocolate enhanced with smoky chipotle chiles, fragrant cinnamon and Mexican Vanilla. Perfect for dipping cubes of pound cake or fresh fruit and berries.

The flavor is simply incredible!


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Lavender Ice Cream
A delicious variation for special occasions. Perfect for Mother's Day! If you'd like a more intense lavender flavor, try using lavender honey.

Adapted from Epicurious.com
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Lavender Shortbread Cookies
These lavender shortbread cookies will melt in your mouth leaving a delicate, floral memory behind.
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Pawpaw Cookies with Fennel Pollen
Well-ripened pawpaws have a rich, tropical fruity flavor that is reminiscent of anise. A special blend of fennel pollen and sweet spices enhances the pawpaw flavor to make this a truly unusual - and delicious - spice cookie.


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Sweet Cherry Clafouti
Cherry Clafouti originates in the Limousin region of central France. The name comes from a word, clafir, which in the local dialect means, "to fill." Since cherries are such an important fruit across most of France, it was inevitable that it has become a part of the national repertoire. The dish is something of a cross between a custard and a cake, and is traditionally filled with unpitted cherries. The pits contribute to the flavor and color and, simply because they are there, you must eat the dessert slowly, savoring each cherry-filled bite.

Recipe adapted from "Provencal Light" by Martha Rose Shulman


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Yummy Cherry Chews
These delicious morsels are perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day, for that matter. They taste best when made with high quality chocolate.
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Pesto Deviled Eggs
Even someone who adores deviled eggs can get tired of making them the same way over and over and over. In this updated version of the classic recipe, the addition of savory pesto make deviled eggs especially tasty.
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Chive Mini Biscuits with Duck Prosciutto
Country ham with biscuits is part of a traditional holiday meal in many parts of the US. Why not add an extra special touch by using these easy-to-make ahead mini biscuits with a slice of deliciously chewy duck prosciutto? The resulting flavors are just so darn good that you'll want to make this a regular part of your holiday tradition.
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Pan-Roasted Chestnuts
While there are literally thousands of interesting ways to prepare chestnuts, one of the easiest – and most satisfying – is to pan roast them. Roasting brings out the very best from chestnuts, concentrating their sweet, earthy flavor into the very essence of autumn. There is absolutely nothing better than a handful of warm, freshly roasted chestnuts on a chilly evening.


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Pork & Chestnut Wontons
Chestnuts have been treasured as a delicacy throughout Asia for centuries. Their sweet, gently nutty taste and toothsome texture pair beautifully with the mild flavor of tender pork, as evidenced by the many traditional recipes which use both ingredients.

Wontons are surprisingly easy to make, especially if you use ready-made wonton wrappers, which can be found in most grocery stores these days. Don't worry about making them perfectly on the first try; in cooking, you can almost always eat your mistakes! Rest assured, after two or three, you'll be turning them out like an old pro.

These savory wontons can also be added to chicken stock for a deliciously satisfying dumpling soup, or fried until golden brown for a crisp & crunchy treat. Wontons also freeze exceptionally well, so you can make a big batch and save some for later - if you have any leftovers!
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Black Truffle Frittata
The mild flavor of eggs is particularly suited to show off the subtle nuances of truffles of all kinds.

This recipe makes one simple three-egg omelet, but you can feel free to experiment by adding other ingredients to your frittata.

The result will always be improved by the addition of a little more truffle. Be sure and take the time to truly savor it!
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Chanterelle Souffle
A soufflé can be sweet, it can be a main course, it can contain vegetables, meat, or fish. Soufflés lend themselves well to nearly every palate.

One thing they tend to have in common is that they should be light and airy. Fluffy is a word often used to describe soufflés. To maximize on things in the light and airy department, take care when beating your egg whites. This is one of those times that it pays off to be scrupulously careful. Some chefs routinely use copper bowls to beat theirs in, because the copper helps in some cryptic way with the lightness. Other chefs routinely add a pinch of cream of tartar to their eggs for the same reason.

When it comes time to fold the beaten egg whites into the other ingredients, be very gentle. The point is to retain those zillions of tiny air bubbles inside the egg whites in order to elevate the soufflé.

This souffle makes chanterelles light as the breath of Spring!
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Grilled Chicken with Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce
Marinate the chicken and grill. Serve with a finger-licking sauce. Don't expect any leftovers for next day.
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Mushroom Crostini
A delicious and oh, so easy variation on a classic, crostini! Chanterelles par excellence....
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Ramp and Potato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Gourmet comfort food. There's a trick to these tidy little cheese sandwiches that elevates them to a gourmet status. Perfect for a luncheon or light dinner.
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Warm Shrimp with Yuzu-Avocado Oil Vinaigrette
Avocado oil has a lot going for it. It's a flavorful oil, excellent for use in salads and vinaigrettes, and its beautiful deep green color lends itself to dramatic presentations. And if that isn't enough, both avocado oil and shrimp are high in "good" HDL cholesterol.

But this dish isn't just good for you - it's absolutely delicious!

Serves: 4

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Seviche de Veracruz
Seviche is extremely popular throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, and other parts of Latin America, and while it has many variations, it's basically a simple fusion of seafood and citrus juice, with a few other ingredients and spices. Seviche is frequently served as an appetizer or even as a light meal. There's really no mystery to its preparation - when the acid of the citrus comes in contact with the fish, chemical reaction occurs, similar to what happens when the fish is cooked, and the flesh becomes opaque and firm.

Seviche can include a mixture of saltwater fish, scallops or other shellfish, squid or octopus. Onion, chiles, tomato, pepper and cilantro - and of course, garlic.
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Double Truffled Roast Turkey
Seems like everybody is making roast turkey with truffle butter these days. But we've come up with our own recipe that is, hands down, one of the best we've ever tried. Using a really good truffle butter adds a big boost of flavor, but finishing the turkey with Black Truffle Balsamic Glaze at the last minute really takes this version to the next level.

Long, gentle roasting in a moderate oven keeps the meat moist and tender, while allowing the intoxicating truffle flavor and aroma to permeate the entire bird. Just try this recipe once and prepare to be captivated by the mouthwatering results. You'll love it and your guests will too.


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Breast of Chicken with Morels
Morel mushrooms over marinated, grilled chicken...a Spring classic!
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Cherry-Pecan Stuffed Turkey
In this recipe, dried cherries and pecans are used to add some zest, some texture, and something just a bit different to your next turkey.
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Chanterelle-Apricot Chicken
Chanterelle mushrooms have often been said to have a fruity flavor and aroma reminiscent of apricots. It's true that chanterelles and apricots go very well together. In this recipe, fresh chanterelles are combined with dried apricots in a sweet-savory filling for chicken breasts.

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Chicken Breasts with Ramps, Morels, and White Wine
Easy to put together and hard to resist. Fanned out slices of warm chicken breasts crown some greens with a morel-ramp sauce over all. An exuberant Spring salad. Not a salad to make too far ahead of serving, though.
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Chicken and Morel Camp Dish
This is a recipe for outdoor aficionados! If you're hunting, fishing, or searching for mushrooms, you may also be camping. With the great bounty now offered by the out-of-doors, camping doesn't necessarily mean "roughing it," at least not when it comes to dining. This is a delicious and easy-to-prepare campfire dish which will leave you wishing for more.
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Chicken with Chanterelles and Red Wine Sauce
The important and wonderful thing about this recipe is that it works equally well with either chicken or salmon. Word has it that this recipe first came from the town of Cahors in Southwest France, a region known for its rough, red "vins du pays."
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Duck Breast with Wild Rice and Dried Cherry Pilaf
A flavorful, crispy yet succulent way of cooking duck, which tends to get dry if overcooked. Unusually light and moist with the wild rice-dried cherry side as a perfect accompaniment. The wild rice may be eaten chilled as a salad the next day.
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Grilled Chicken with Oregano, Lemon & Black Pepper
This simple, but oh-so-mouthwatering recipe has become a standard in our house. It's easy and most of the prep can be done ahead of time.
The meaty leg quarters taste best if grilled over natural wood coals such as mesquite or hickory, but they can be baked in the oven. A perfect picnic item. This lovely recipe comes to us from "Cucina Fresca" by Viana LaPlace & Evan Kleiman.
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Roasted Chicken Salad
The mysterious flavor is lavender, which will bring a taste of Spring no matter what the season. Makes a delicious salad and an original sandwich spread.
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Roasted Vanilla-Glazed Duck Breast with Vegetables
A sweet glaze scented with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla blends with tart fruity hibiscus flower vinegar to form the perfect foil for rich, dark duck breast. The same vanilla glaze brings out the natural earthiness of the root vegetables.
For best results, slice the duck breast thin on the bias and don't be afraid to keep it as rare as possible.
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Thai Barbecue Chicken
This recipe features a beautifully light, but tangy marinade. Vinegar and a touch of sugar provide a "sweet and sour" background for the chopped chilies and the curry. This is a wonderful variation from the thick red sauce very commonly found in backyard barbecues. This marinade is subtle, complicated, and delicious.


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Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce
An exotic version of grilled chicken that is mouthwatering to eat, as well as to smell in anticipation. A tropical blend of flavors sure to keep your guests and family clamoring for more. Another preparation where you marinate overnight, leaving you free to grill and enjoy the food as well as family and friends.
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Edie's Chicken Soup
A basic recipe for any cook. The magic of long, slow simmering.
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Grilled Salmon with Rhubarb-Hibiscus Sauce
The unique flavor of rhubarb has made it an old-time favorite ingredient in pies & desserts, but it's also fantastic in tangy sauces to accompany savory dishes.

In this recipe, the delightfully tart acidity of rhubarb provides a pleasant counterpoint to the richness of grilled wild salmon, but the sauce would be equally good with roast pork or duck.

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Chestnut-crusted Walleye with Morel Mushrooms
Morels and walleye are a natural pairing. The white flesh of the walleye is firm, meaty and delicious. Like trout and other species of freshwater fish, it seems to go particularly well with mushrooms.

Traditional preparations for walleye frequently rely on batter coating and deep-frying, which mask the delicate flavor and texture of the fish. How sad!

Instead, the fish is coated with a layer of crushed dried Michigan chestnut chips. Chestnuts, which contain absolutely no fat, create a light, crisp golden-brown crust and add a wonderfully nutty flavor and tender crunch.

These three ingredients, fish, chestnuts & morels, harmonize together to create an uncomplicated dish with flavors that are simple, yet profoundly satisfying.
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Blackened Grouper with Asparagus and Morels
Grouper, a moist, firm, yet flaky fish, with a sweet mild flavor really benefits in this style of blackening. Served with the earthy, rich flavors of morels, the bright green taste of asparagus, the creamy fingerlings and firm snap peas, a finely tuned orchestra titillates the senses of taste, sight and smell. The fussiness of this recipe is well worth the effort.
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Grilled Salmon with Wild Mushrooms
It's not surprising that salmon pairs beautifully with wild mushrooms, fresh from the forest floor. But if you don't have access to wild mushrooms, cultivated mushrooms make a fine substitute.
You'll find the dressing to be so delicious, you'll want to use it in other recipes.
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Salmon with Bacon and Lentil Salad
A hearty salad with lentils and fresh salmon. The bacon adds that crunchy, salty accent. Simple yet delicious.
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Softshell Crab with Grilled Ramp Dressing
Softshell crabs are a rare treat, when you can find them. Combined with ramps and fresh asparagus, they are delicious beyond description.

Two things to remember about this recipe: 1) it includes a raw egg warning,* so use only refrigerated, clean, sound-shelled, fresh, grade AA or A eggs. Avoid mixing yolks and whites with the shell.
2.) the recipe calls for Emeril's Creole "essence" also called "Bayou Blast." Recipe follows.
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Truffled Lobster, White Corn Pancakes & Baby Beets
An elegant extravaganza of tastes and textures. The extra work is well worth the end result. Perfect if you want to impress or for a romantic or special occasion.

Wonderful as lobsters taste served with plain melted butter, they shine when accompanied by these amazingly flavorful ingredients. Beets, you ask? They seem to be a perfect marriage! Truffles can only enhance what is there as well.

This recipe is adapted from one by the great Bobby Flay. Makes four outrageously decadent servings.
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Oyster and Fennel Stew
Many people claim that lobster mushrooms have an affinity for seafood and even taste a little like lobster. At any rate, they go very well with oysters and make this hearty oyster stew memorable. Fennel pollen is an optional, but highly recommended ingredient. Its delicate flavor adds a bright note to the robust flavors of this dish.
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Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
This is an unbelievably simple and really delicious way in which to enjoy an excellent quality aged balsamic vinegar. The best way to use this recipe is as a beginning. Add your own touches: a splash of lemon juice, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a dash of Tabasco, some pressed garlic, or a bit of fruit juice.

Make a signature dressing that's truly your own!
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Couscous Salad with Spinach, Artichokes & Olives
Israeli couscous has a mellow, neutral flavor that blends wonderfully with many different ingredients. Israeli Couscous is made from hard wheat and water, just like regular pasta. But here's the difference: instead of being dried, Israeli Couscous is toasted in an open flame oven, giving it a rich, nutty flavor. The resulting small round pasta readily absorbs flavors while remaining pleasantly firm in texture. Sauces & seasonings easily cling to the surface of each pearl-shaped piece. Israeli couscous is sodium free, saturated fat free and 100% Natural.

In this salad it adds texture and a background to the spinach, olives, lemon, and artichoke. This also makes an exotic light luncheon, especially if served with crusty bread and fresh fruit. This salad serves six, and is reprinted with permission from "Charlie Trotter Cooks at Home" published by Ten Speed Press.
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Fiddlehead Fern Salad
This is a basic sort of recipe. It can be served with just about anything, from elegant gourmet meals, to down-home comfort food. The fiddlehead ferns have a fresh flavor a bit like a cross between asparagus and artichoke. They can be cooked until they're quite soft, but most connoisseurs prefer them a bit on the crunchy side. They can be steamed or boiled, but I prefer them sautéed with some seasonings. This recipe makes about four servings. It's adapted from a recipe by James Peterson.
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Parma Salad
This is a fine use of excellent quality aged balsamic vinegar. This delicious and unusual salad is enhanced by fresh mushrooms, and prosciutto, artichoke hearts, and topped with Parmesan cheese. It is also visually beautiful, making it a perfect salad for a formal lunch or dinner.
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Fingerling Potato Salad
Mixed fingerling potatoes combined with chopped wild leeks (ramps) for a refreshing salad with a hint of truffle and lemon. A potato salad worthy of a formal luncheon or dinner. Very easy to prepare yet a classic.
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Spicy Gochujang Chicken Stew
If your refrigerator doesn't already hold enough different hot sauces, here's another must-have condiment that is rapidly growing in popularity among heat-seekers.

Gochujang, a bold and spicy Korean condiment, is used to flavor many well-known Korean dishes, such as bibimbap, but it also makes a fantastic contribution to stews, soups and marinated meat dishes. Gochujang excels at making dishes spicier, due to the fiery ground chilis it contains, but it also adds a pleasing hint of sweetness which balances its heat and flavor.


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Chestnut and Butternut Squash Soup
Chestnuts provide a velvety texture, mild sweetness and crunchy topping to this hearty, yet elegant soup. For an equally satisfying, vegetarian version of this wonderful soup, simply omit the bacon and crème fraîche and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken stock.
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Corn and Lobster Chowder with Truffles
A classic "down east" recipe taken to the next level with the addition of truffles! Whatever else you do, don't be put off by the bit about lobster stock. It's easy to prepare yourself simply by gently simmering the discarded lobster shells in water for an hour or so.
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Chilled Cream of Ramps and Watercress Soup
A chilled, lovely, delicate soup perfect for an elegant luncheon or an informal dinner. The wild ramps add a note of mystery.
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Earthy Mushroom, Wild Leek and Potato Soup
A Vichysoisse with mushrooms and wild leeks, to add a little mystery. Nice Spring flavors make this taste very exotic. Perfect for elegant luncheon or dinner.
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Grilled Ramp Soup
A perfect Spring soup to bring out the best of flavors from wild leeks (ramps). Easy to make and versatile, whether for an elegant dinner or luncheon, or an informal meal.
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Ramp and Fingerling Potato Soup
This is a classic springtime soup, easy to prepare and wonderful to eat. Serve it as a luncheon dish, or as a first course for an elegant dinner. To add yet another flavor dimension, drizzle just a bit of white truffle oil over the hot soup. It adds depth and interest.
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Ramp and Potato Soup II
Another exciting variation on the Vichysoisse theme, but served warm.

Some ramps have a stronger flavor than others. The amount you use in this recipe is up to you, and depends on how much of an "edge" your ramps have and what your personal preference is. This recipe calls for three bunches of ramps. Think of the bunches that scallions come in at the supermarket when you gauge the amount of ramps you use in this recipe.
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Scotch Broth with Blue Cheese
A comfort food raised to gourmet heights! A tot of Scotch adds a mysterious flavor, with which the blue cheese, hidden at the bottom of your bowl, dances!
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Wild Mushroom & Pumpkin Soup
This soup makes a great Fall luncheon when the air turns brisk and the leaves turn red. Serve it with hot bread and cinnamon butter for a real treat. A tasty addition to Thanksgiving dinner.
It's so easy yet tastes so delicious. It's forest magic!
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Wild and "Tame" Rice with Chestnuts
Here's a recipe that is not only great for the holidays, but is just as pleasing and satisfying at any time of the year. It's inspired by a traditional Japanese rice dish, Kuri Gohan (literally, rice with chestnuts), but with the addition of North American wild rice. The nutty flavor and chewy texture of wild rice really adds a new dimension to the dish. While it makes a wonderful side dish with just about any meal, it would also work very well as a stuffing for turkey or a roasting chicken.

If you're entertaining a crowd, just double the recipe up and don't worry about leftovers - this delicious rice dish re-heats exceptionally well.
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Cream of Chanterelle and Quinoa Soup
Quinoa, a delicate grain originally grown in the Andes, is now also grown in Colorado and New Mexico. It is light and easy to digest and is higher in protein than most other grains. It has a noticeably bitter edge if not rinsed very well.
The mushrooms lend their lovely, woodsy flavor to this light, delicious, protein-filled soup.
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Crispy Bottomed Basmati Rice with Lentils
This dish is versatile because the flavors are mild. It blends very well with more intensely flavored dishes, such as fish entrees, vegetable dishes, barbecue, poultry, and meat. It is especially delicious with lamb. It tastes good the next day, chilled.
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Cuitlacoche Rice
Cuitlacoche, also known as Huitlacoche, is a fungus that grows on ears of tender corn, making the kernels eventually swell and darken into a dense inky mass. Not a very appetizing description for a food that is both delicate and complex in flavor and absolutely addictive.

Because of the dark gray-black color of the cuitlacoche, this dish is also known as "black rice" or "arroz Negro". It's actually one of the easiest ways in which to get acquainted with cuitlacoche.
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Three Cheese Risotto
Risotto, made by a uniquely Italian method of cooking rice, is a sophisticated first course for any dinner party. Frequent stirring is required but the reward is a creamy dish you and your guests will not soon forget.

This variation on the traditional recipe for cheese risotto is still the favorite among risotto lovers. Use different cheeses that you have available. This recipe is a starting off point to many variations.
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Garlic and Thyme Risotto
No matter how good your risotto is, it can just about always be improved with white or black truffle oil. Have a fine bottle of it on the table and drizzle just a dash over individual servings of risotto.
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Mediterranean Saffron Rice
Saffron has been considered one of the most precious and expensive spices in the world, mainly due to harvesting. Saffron comes from the threadlike stigma of the crocus flower and must be harvested by hand. These threads are deep red and bright orange in color and have the taste of bitter almonds. Saffron is used to flavor dishes, and a very little bit of saffron goes a long way. A pinch of saffron adds an intriguing flavor to an everyday rice dish.
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Morel Mushroom Rice Pilaf
A versatile, quick, easy-to-prepare rice dish that can be cooked stove-top or in the oven. The morels add that gourmet, earthy flavor that turns a simple dish into one fit for the most elegant occasion.
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Paella
Paella, like many dishes, is an individual experience. The chef should feel free to add favorite ingredients, or to leave others out, depending on personal preference. This recipe will make about 8 servings.
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Rice with Garbanzos
A Puerto Rican variation on rice and beans, known as "Arroz con Gandules".
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Risotto
This is the basic recipe for risotto on which to build your own creations. Add wine and different spices to really make this your own.

When risotto is cooked perfectly, the individual grains of rice will have some "tooth" to them, but the overall consistency will be creamy.
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Risotto with Dried Wild Mushrooms
The rich, intense woodsy flavor of this risotto dish comes from dried mushrooms. Dried porcini are traditionally used but experiment with any of your personal favorites. It makes a good first course or accompaniment to a meal of any roasted poultry or meat.
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Risotto with Truffle Oil
A well-prepared risotto will be creamy, chewy, and mild in flavor. This neutrally flavored background is enhanced with the flavors of garlic, shallots, and wine, then punctuated with the wonderfully mysterious flavor of white truffle oil. This is a fine dish served with red meat, poultry or grilled rack of lamb and a very dry Tuscan wine. Serve the truffle oil on the table, as opposed to mixing it with the risotto ahead of time.
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Roasted Garlic and Thyme Risotto
A fine quality risotto takes your taste buds by surprise because it's just not what we expect from rice. This gradual method of cooking rice brings out the starch and the subtle, nutty flavor of the rice. Combine it with some interesting ingredients, and it can easily take over as a main course. A well-prepared risotto will be soupy in consistency, and each grain of rice should be chewy. For a real treat, drizzle some white truffle oil over individual servings.
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Tomato-Basil Risotto
A delicious variation on the Risotto theme, which has as many variations as there are ingredients you enjoy.
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Wild Rice Baked with Almonds & Mushrooms
The legendary flavor of wild rice is paired with the mild, nutty-flavored Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms. A real novelty to look at, they're delicious when sautéed and combined with rice. The "feathery" parts of the mushroom crisp up wonderfully.
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Black Trumpet & Truffle Risotto
The deep, earthy flavor of Black Trumpet mushrooms is accented by the addition of a generous drizzle of organic truffle oil.
The result? One incredibly delicious risotto.


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Simple (but delicious) Sushi Rice
Our favorite method of making sushi rice was inspired by Mark Bittman's recipe for Basic Short Grain Rice in his classic, "How to Cook Everything".


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Basil Pesto
The classic! So easy, yet elegant. Be sure to make extra whenever you whip up a batch . Pesto can be used in a variety of ways; for example, put a dab in minestrone soup, use as a filling for tortelloni or mix into your favorite potato or pasta salad.
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Duck Prosciutto Butter
Everything really is better with butter! If you think duck prosciutto is already rich enough, think again. Duck prosciutto butter couldn't be simpler to make and it's a great way to use any little bits of duck prosciutto left over when you're done slicing it up . Amazingly delicious on just about anything
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Spirited Cherry Chutney
Tangy cherry chutney is a great way to preserve your summer cherry harvest, especially if you have first infused them with vodka or brandy! If you haven't, don't worry - you can use fresh cherries or other stone fruit, like plums, apricots, peaches or nectarines. Just be aware that you'll have to cook the chutney longer to reduce the juicy fruit down to a thick, jam-like consistency.
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Oregon Black Truffle-Parsley Compound Butter
A wonderfully versatile compound butter that will add deep, woodsy flavors to anything you add it to. Very handy to have at a moment's notice. A dab on cooked fish or meat or poultry will make dinner taste like a gourmet meal you've slaved long hours over!
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Ancho Chile Rub
Great on steaks and roasts. Add a little red cayenne pepper for an extra kick, if you like it spicy.
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Ancho Chile Sauce (Busy Person's Mole)
Mole, perhaps Mexico's most famous sauce, is really a whole family of sauces based on varying proportions of chiles, spices, seeds, nuts, fruits, and chocolate. True moles are too time-consuming to make from scratch, but this simplified sauce uses many classic mole techniques: toasting the chiles and garlic in a hot skillet, soaking and pureeing the chiles, frying the sauce to develop its flavors, but in less than 1/2 the time.
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Basic Vinaigrette
In its simplest, most basic form, a vinaigrette is made of 2 or 3 ingredients - vinegar and oil, of course, and maybe salt and pepper. But you can create an almost infinite variety of vinaigrettes by following a few basic principles and adding or changing the ingredients.


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Bread Dip
This is so good and so easy and makes such a hit each time it's served. It's wonderful before dinner with wine. The trick is to find a bakery where you can get very fine quality French or Italian bread. Don't purchase bread that's wrapped in plastic. The plastic traps the moisture and softens the crust. The crust should be crusty! Don't use cheap olive oil. Get the good stuff. Many people like to experiment and add other herbs, including sage and rosemary. Use your imagination.
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Dijon-Style Mustard
Make your own Dijon mustard using mustard powder. It's delicious and habit-forming!
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Dried Tropical Fruit Chutney
Chutneys are common accompaniments to grilled meats and fish. The aromatic combinations of spices and fruits come together into a delicious flavor that's hard to pin down. So good you might want to put it on ice cream!
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Emeril's Essence
The versatile spice melange that can be used in so many ways.
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Giblet Gravy with Cider and Sherry
This is a delicious twist to a classic gravy, with just a subtle edge from the sherry and sparkling cider. A perfect recipe if you are pressed for time...just use chicken stock and nobody will be able to tell you made it in seconds flat.
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Hazelnut Vinaigrette
This delicious vinaigrette is so utterly simple, it almost makes itself! All you have to do is sit back and bask in the compliments.


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Key Lime Hollandaise Sauce
Ah, Hollandaise sauce! Well known for it's pivotal role in the classic brunch dish, Eggs Benedict, Hollandaise sauce is about as rich and luxurious as a sauce gets. It's also incredibly easy to make.

One of the so-called mother sauces of classic cuisine (because so many other sauces are derived from it), Hollandaise literally means "Holland-style." However, most food historians agree that the sauce actually originated in Normandy, France, a region well-known for its butter and use of butter in cooking.

Our version, made with tart, citrusy Key lime juice, is so light and delicate that you'll almost forget about the calories! It pairs perfectly with just about everything, including veggies, eggs, meat and fish.


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Mango Chutney
An aromatic, easy and versatile side dish for poultry and meats. Also goes well with or in sandwiches.
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Morel & Prune Butter
This rich, flavorful butter is a versatile use of dried morels. Softened, it can be slathered on toast or perfect for crostini. A slice of this butter on top of cooked chicken, duck, pork, lamb or beef, raises the dish to gourmet levels.
Use the smallest morels you can find.

Adapted from a recipe in Food and Wine magazine.
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Olive Oil Dipping Sauce
An easy, basic recipe to build on and to be creative.
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Onion Confit with Balsamic Cream
Naturally sweet onion confit is the perfect condiment for roast meats and poultry (it's also great slathered on a slice of good bread). It's very easy to make and it stores well. We prefer using red onions, but regular yellow cooking onions will work just fine. This recipe is easy to multiply, so make a big batch in advance, keep it in the fridge and warm a little as needed!
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Port Gravy
A classic gravy recipe with the addition of Port. Excellent made with duck or goose!
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Truffle Oil, Lemon and Ricotta Sauce
When you are pressed for time, this recipe is easy and is delicious enough for a formal dinner. To really add some class, peel some fresh truffles on top.
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Wasabi-Yuzu Aioli
A refreshing Japanese variation of the classic sauce. The delightfully pungent wasabi flavor adds zip to a baked potato, steak, or sandwich. It is delicious on grilled fish or added to mayonnaise. It will keep in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks, though it loses its "zip" over time.
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Buttermilk Ramp Biscuits
Nothing says "Country Breakfast" like fresh, hot buttermilk biscuits. As long as we're making real biscuits from scratch, why not go all the way and add some tangy ramps and crisp bits of smoked hog jowl? There is really nothing hard about making biscuits. With a little bit of practice, you can whip up a batch in 15 minutes or less (plus baking time, of course). You'll have just enough time to brew up a pot of coffee before they're ready.


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Rustic Wild Mushroom Tart
Fresh chanterelles are used in this recipe, but you can use any combination of fresh wild mushrooms. If you absolutely cannot find or buy wild mushrooms, by all means, use good quality cultivated mushrooms like shiitake, oyster or cremini mushrooms. Just keep in mind that cultivated mushrooms will not have the intense flavor and earthy aroma that only wild mushrooms possess.
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Basic Pizza Dough
As American as Apple Pie! Almost as easy as ordering out... The ingredients can be easily doubled if you wish to make a bigger batch, it freezes well.
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Cherokee Buttermilk Biscuits with Ramps
Nothing is more representative of true Southern cooking than fresh, hot flaky biscuits. The Cherokee people, native to the hill country of Appalachia, were quick to adopt the best foods and cooking techniques of the white settlers. In this case, we think they improved on the original when they added ramps to a classic biscuit recipe.
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Cumin-Caraway Crackers
These crackers have a delicate, crisp texture and a light flavor which is punctuated by the caraway. You may substitute spices in your favorite combination. Very easy to make.
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Scottish Lace Wafers
Here's one of those great classic recipes that is perfection in its utter simplicity. The butter and sugar lightly coat the oat mixture and turn into both chewy butterscotch and a crisp glaze. As the name suggests, the oats form a lacy filigree.
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Rough Puff Pastry
Puff pastry is an incredibly versatile ingredient that every cook should have on hand. If you don't have frozen puff pastry in your freezer, don't worry - you can make it yourself.
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Pork Loin Chops with Peppered Maple-Mustard Glaze
Good maple syrup is much, much more than just a topping for pancakes and waffles. The deep, rich flavor of dark amber Michigan maple syrup and tart apples add sweetness to tender, succulent pork loin chops. Dry mustard and mustard seed contribute their distinctive tang while a generous spike of fresh black pepper provides heat.
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Spiced Duck Breast with Sherry Vinegar-Pine Syrup Glaze
There is nothing tricky about cooking duck breasts. This fast, simple way to cook succulent duck breasts is guaranteed to be a HUGE hit at any occasion. The meaty texture will make you think you're eating lean steak or venison, but the flavor is all duck. Be careful not to overcook them - duck breast is at it's very best when cooked to barely medium rare. (PS - this recipe is easily adapted to the grill too!)

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Polish Mushroom Soup (Zupa Grzybowa)
This beloved mushroom soup is traditionally made with Polish borowik mushrooms and is served on Christmas Eve. Dried porcini, cepes or boletes make a very close substitute and are readily available any time of the year.

Of course, there are a many versions of this soup as there are Polish cooks (and their numerous descendants). Here is our recipe, which we think is a very nice version indeed.

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Chicken Wellington
This stunning variation on the classic Beef Wellington features a boneless breast of chicken, topped with a mushroom-pâté mixture and paper thin-slices of cured duck prosciutto, all enveloped in a tender, flaky puff pastry crust.

While it may seem intimidating, this recipe is not all that hard to make. Broken down into several simple steps (several of which can be done in advance), it's actually quite easy to prepare. Whether you choose to serve it with or without a sauce, the result is an amazing dish that will wow your dinner guests and earn you rave reviews.

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Creamed Morel Mushrooms
Fresh or dried morels work equally well in this delicious sauce, richly flavored with veal stock and cream. It makes a satisfying lunch when served over thick-sliced toasted bread with a tossed salad on the side.

Equally good as a sauce with risotto, roast chicken, grilled steak or even over poached eggs on muffin!

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Parsnip Puree with Vanilla
Parsnips have a sweet, earthy flavor that actually gets better if they've been left in the ground until the first frost. This simple recipe lets their natural goodness shine through. A little good quality vanilla acts as a flavor "potentiator", subtly boosting the flavor of the parsnips while remaining inconspicuously in the background.

Everyone loves this dish, but no one is ever able to figure out the "secret ingredient"!
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Morel 'Poppers'
Practically everyone has heard of 'poppers' - tasty little cheese-filled peppers that can pack a wallop of heat. It's a fact - they make great party food or appetizers and are as addictive as potato chips.

Since fresh morel mushrooms are in season, we thought, "Why not try a little variation on on the "popper" theme using morels?"

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Fava and Wild Mushroom Crostini
Fava beans and wild mushrooms are the perfect combination of field and forest, both delicately sweet and robustly earthy at the same time. This is some of the best that the spring season has to offer, flavors so good and so satisfying that it’s worth a little extra effort.

These elegant crostini are perfect for a casual dinner party. They’re actually very easy to prepare and to make things even simpler, we’ve broken the recipe down into three parts: the favas, the mushrooms and the bread. Each component can be easily prepared in advance and quickly assembled just before serving.
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Chanterelle-Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
If you're feeling blue, embrace this tasty recipe with open taste buds! The dark clouds will pass and leave a smile on your face.
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Crab and Truffle Salad
Almost like gilding the lily, but you and your guests deserve it! Easy to make and unforgettable.
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Filet of Beef Tournelle
This recipe starts with a basic steak, but adds some real flair with an interesting combination of ingredients and an altogether different presentation. It's one of those "magical combination" dishes: it isn't difficult to make, but it creates a spectacular impression. Use only very fine quality tenderloins for this dish, and be sure to stick with tender, fingerling potatoes. And one more thing, the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of Madeira... use the real thing. Just add candlelight for a romantic dinner.
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Morel Mushroom Bake
This is a simple recipe, long on flavor, and short on fussy preparation time. This is super when served with hot homemade soup, and absolutely beyond compare served with something elegant, like a roasted pheasant or wild game.
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Morel Mushroom Soup
First Runner Up, Earthy Delights 2009 Morel Recipe Contest

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Morel, Ramp, and Truffle Gratinee
Spring "casserole" that reaches the heights of gustatory delight! Fresh morels and ramps, topped off with decadent Hollandaise sauce!
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Mushroom Frittata
Use clamshell mushrooms in this frittata for their subtle seafood flavor. It adds just the right touch to a wonderful recipe. This is one of those dishes that can be made a couple of hours ahead of time, giving you plenty of time to clean up, greet your guests, and enjoy their company. Though it's simple to make, it has an elegant and exotic flair, and it's excellent for hot evenings when no one wants a heavy dinner.
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Potato Gratin with Fresh Wild Chanterelles
Potatoes au gratin elevated to new heights by pairing fingerlings with wild Chanterelles. A little dried porcini deepens the earthy flavors.
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Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta
Everybody raves about our Roasted Mushroom Bruschetta! It's fun & easy to make and you can prepare it a day or two ahead of time. We use this recipe whenever we demonstrate our products, and it never fails to make a hit.
It makes a great appetizer for any occasion and is a perfect "finger food" for parties. Don't worry about leftovers - there won't be any!
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Truffled Custard
Eggs and truffles have a particular affinity for one another. This elegant dish makes a wonderful first course for a fancy dinner when you want to show off a little. The rich, smooth custard makes a perfect backdrop for the earthy flavor of fresh truffles.

Note: To get the most flavor out of your precious truffles, always use a sharp truffle shaver or mandolin to cut the truffle into paper-thin slices, just before serving.
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Wild Mushroom Salad with Barley & Smoked Bacon
This recipe comes to us courtesy of Chef Michael Simon. The hearty barley adapts itself perfectly to gusty, wild mushrooms and bacon. Rustic and elegant at the same time. It makes a perfect side dish as well as a salad.
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Pasta Carbonara with Mushrooms
Rich, delicious and satisfying Pasta Carbonara is one of Rome's most famous dishes. Its origins are somewhat obscure, but it was almost certainly invented in the mid-20th century, most likely at the end of World War II when many Italians were eating eggs and bacon supplied by American troops. The classic elements of the dish are constant: eggs, cheese, black pepper and cured pork (usually guanciale or pancetta).

This is not a "saucy" dish - there is just enough of the rich, savory mixture of whole eggs, cheese and pancetta to coat each strand of spaghetti. Our version differs slightly from the traditional Italian recipe with the addition of mushrooms, but we think you'll agree that it adds a deliciously wonderful touch of flavor.
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Orzo with Goat Cheese, Green Beans, and Tomato
Orzo, a rice-shaped pasta shines in this quick-to-the-table dish. In the summer, when we have such a wealth of fresh tomatoes and home grown green beans, this is a wonderful way of combining pasta and vegetables. The goat cheese adds that sharp note to the symphony of flavors. Try a flavored orzo to really keep them guessing.
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Grilled Pork & Pears
Tender, juicy sirloin pork chops are delicious, fast & easy to prepare on the grill. The rich flavor of flame-grilled pork is naturally complemented by the fresh, fruity flavor of pears and just a touch of vanilla.
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Grilled Lamb Chops with Fresh Mint
Lamb is a traditional spring dish, especially popular at Easter time. Lamb chops are marinated in a potent combination of herbs, garlic & spices to bring out every bit of juicy flavor. Cooking time is very short, so make sure you have everything else ready ahead of time.
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Braised Pork with Chestnuts
A delicious rustic pork dish with chestnuts, guaranteed to satisfy.
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Lamb Shanks with Orzo
Orzo is a wonderful pasta that looks like large grains of rice. But it's actually made from semolina. It's delicately flavored and chewy, and absorbs any flavors it is cooked with, while retaining its firmness. Using flavored orzo adds a new dimension to the dish.

The lamb shank ends up tender and falling-off-the-bone delicious.
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Veal with Eggplant, Truffles & Oyster Sauce
Eggplant and oyster sauce are frequently featured together in many Asian recipes. Since the slightly sweet, mild flavor and tender texture of veal and eggplant seem to go together naturally, we couldn't help but combine them and then take things a step further by adding a little truffle to the mix.

By the way, this version of "East meets West" just happens to be utterly delicious.
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Savory Mushroom and Gruyère Strata
This layered casserole, perfect for an easy, make-ahead brunch, but classy and substantial enough for a satisfying dinner, features savory cheeses, eggs, and a whole lot of hearty mushroom flavor.

Think of strata as nothing more than a savory bread pudding. It's easy to make and can even be prepared the night before and baked just before you're ready to serve it.

Stratas aren't as well known as other classic casseroles. Many people have never even heard of them. But stratas combine all the classic elements of breakfast - eggs, milk, bread and cheese - and you can easily add or change ingredients around to suit the contents of your pantry or your appetite!

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Smoky Roasted Potatoes With Herb Butter
Roasting potatoes really brings out their best qualities. Adding a hint of smoky olive oil and a finishing touch of herb-laced butter makes them even better.
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Roasted Baby White Asparagus with Lemon Olive Oil
Simple, simple, simple.
Nothing gets in the way of the three ingredients in this fresh-as-springtime recipe. Fresh, delicate tiny spears of tender white asparagus, brightly flavored lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil and clean, crisp sea salt with lavender buds.
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Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cranberries
Wild rice, although not really a rice at all, is a true North American native. For many households, it has become a regular part of Thanksgiving family dinners and other festive fall & winter meals. This flavorful and nutritious salad is substantial enough to stand on its own as a light main dish, but it goes equally well with just about anything. Whenever you make it, make plenty of it. It refrigerates well and the rich, nutty flavor of this salad, brightened with citrus and laced with plenty of dried cranberries, pecans, celery & ginger, may even taste better the next day as leftovers.

Serves: 4 - 6
Time: 1 hour

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Ramp Pudding
This "pudding" is more a savory bread pudding or "strata". It makes an elegant side dish. It is very versatile and lends itself to variations of your own creativity.
While it's baking, it will fill the whole house with the intoxicating aroma of ramps.
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Red Cabbage with Chestnuts
The sweet, earthy flavors of cabbage and chestnuts make this the perfect accompaniment to a fall meal. This classic of European cookery is updated for preparation in the microwave, speeding cooking time while preserving flavor & nutrients.
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Avocado Egg Rolls & Tamarind-Honey Dipping Sauce
Avocado egg rolls are not exactly a traditional dish. But unusual or not, this is a very delicious appetizer for a holiday party, or just a special touch for a family dinner. Perfect and unusual vegetarian appetizer.
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Lemon Chevre Cheesecake
A delicate, cheesecake for a special occasion... Mother's Day, for example. Guaranteed to leave a lovely citrus memory on the palate.

For a lighter version, using yogurt cheese in place of the Mascarpone will not detract from the flavor.
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Oaxaca Chocolate Torta
Black Garlic Recipe Contest Grand Prize Winner
Congratulations to Diane Nemitz of Ludington, Michigan for her winning recipe entry "Oaxaca Chocolate Torta"!

Diane's recipe was selected for its originality and highly imaginative use of ingredients, including the featured ingredient, Black Garlic. Her clearly written preparation instructions were also a big plus! While Black Garlic might not be something you would typically think of using in a dessert, we found that its mellow sweetness and mild tang added the perfect touch to this deep, dark chocolate torta. Try it yourself and see what you think!


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Pawpaw Chiffon Pie
This old-fashioned dessert is so delicate, you could probably cut it with a feather! But use a fork - you won't want to miss one delicious crumb.


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Risotto-stuffed Morel with Panko Crust
This beautiful dish looks a little complicated, but it could not be easier to make. All it takes is a little advance preparation and a few key ingredients.

If you make your risotto the night before, you can assemble these delicious stuffed morels in a few minutes.

Perfect as an appetizer or serve with a crisp salad for an elegant light luncheon!
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Cornish Game Hens with Wild Mushrooms, Chestnuts & Bacon
In the autumn, when the weather cools and a sharp nip is in the air, there's nothing more satisfying than deliciously old-fashioned comfort food. This updated classic will fill the whole house with a rich, mouth-watering aroma as it gently warms the kitchen.

Who cares if the leaves are falling? The earthiness of wild mushrooms, the mild sweetness of chestnuts and the savory flavor of braised game hens remind us that fall is the season when the summer's bounty is ready to enjoy with friends and family.
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Chicken Breasts with Morels, Parsley and Cream
A rustic yet elegant dish. This recipe can do double duty, too. When fresh Chanterelle mushrooms are coming on strong, you can substitute them for the morels. Delicious, and beautiful. Serve with a dry white wine.
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Roast Turkey Risotto with Mushrooms
An original use of leftover Thanksgiving turkey that goes beyond sandwiches and soup. Here's how to turn a leftover dish into an elegant masterpiece! The risotto is a soft, creamy mixture, though the grains of rice retain their shape. The addition of mushrooms adds to the feast of tastes and textures.
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Crab, Lobster and Lentil Ravioli
An elegant and unusual ravioli, made intriguing with, lobster, crab and the addition of ramps and lentils. Make plenty...they will disappear!

Excellent for a formal dinner or luncheon, or just because you want to pamper yourself and your guests.
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Seafood Risotto with Leek Broth & Asparagus Stems
This recipe is adapted from one by Bobby Flay. It is an absolute gourmet hit, combining the irresistible texture of risotto with the always-popular flavors of several different varieties of seafood. Add to this the delicately flavored broth and you end up with a masterful creation. Serve with ice-cold white wine, tossed greens, and hot crusty bread. Bon appetit!
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Sole with Mushrooms & Asparagus
The real subtlety and great taste of this dish comes from the wild mushrooms. The taste is complex and intriguing...perfect to show off a nice wine you've been saving for a special occasion. This recipe is easy to make yet tastes like you slaved over a hot stove for a while...perfect for an impromptu romantic occasion.
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Chanterelle Custard with Arugula Salad
This is a gourmet experience and not difficult to prepare. Use the best quality of fresh arugula that you can find. It should have a distinctive, peppery flavor.
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Iceberg Salad with Fennel, Feta and Black Walnuts
To some, Iceberg lettuce is rather 'retro,' recalling bland, uninspired salads of the 50's & 60's. For many, though, it's always been something of a guilty pleasure - not as hip or trendy as mesclun or arugula. But iceberg lettuce has never quite gone away; it obviously has something that continues to appeal to many people.

Why deny it?
Iceberg lettuce is satisfying - mild in flavor, crisp & cool. It's a great supporting player for other more assertive, distinctive flavors, like salty feta cheese, thinly-sliced fennel and robust black walnut oil.

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Salad with Fiddlehead Ferns, Ramps and Coconut
This is a very unusual recipe with a complicated and very interesting combination of flavors. Once you get the ingredients, the rest is just too simple. Grind the dried shrimp to a powder in a food processor. You can make a paste of the ginger in the same way - just toss it in a food processor and a few seconds later, you're ready to go.
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Beef and Guinness Casserole with Chestnuts
Though this dish is called a "casserole," it's really more of a stew. Made rich and savory with plenty of beef stock, the flavor is rounded out by the addition of Guinness Stout and the mellow sweetness of chestnuts.

Call it what you will, it's good for you and tastes good too.
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Creamed Cuitlacoche Soup
Cuitlacoche is an epicurean wonder, an exquisite delicacy both nutty and earthy with a hint of fruity sweetness. This rich soup is a wonderfully savory experience when served with crackers or a baguette of crusty bread. Try it with a cheese board and some fresh fruit. While you're at it, pop the cork on something dry and red and see what happens.
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Roasted Chestnut Soup with Dumplings
Chestnut soup is a wonderful gourmet experience, hot and rich, and full of the nutty flavor of American chestnuts. This is another example of "fusion" cooking - here we've combined an Asian favorite, Won Tons, with a traditional U.S. soup, right out of colonial America.
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Spanish Chorizo, Kale and Bean Soup
An exotic bean and sausage soup for adventurous cooks. A delicious variation on the basic theme but with a taste of Spain.
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Risi e Bisi alla Menta (Rice with Peas & Mint)
This is delicious Italian comfort food at it's freshest and simplest. Traditionally served each spring, Risi e Bisi (Rice with Peas) is enjoyed by young and old alike. The delicate flavor of the peas is not masked by the mild, nuttiness of the Arborio rice and their tender textures pair beautifully as well. Savory, light and absolutely delicious, this dish is best when made with freshly shelled peas, but can be made very successfully with frozen petite peas too. The fresh mint adds an unexpectedly lively, spring-like note.

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Polenta Corn Cakes with Mushrooms
Hen of the Woods mushrooms look like little pom poms, with feathery caps and a wonderful mild flavor. When cooked, the little pom poms crisp up and turn golden brown. They add a light earthy flavor to any dish.
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Saffron Risotto with Salt & Pepper Shrimp
An exotic and absolutely delicious version of the classic saffron risotto. The extra effort is well-worth it! The Salt and Pepper Shrimp is a Chinese classic, making this truly an International dish. Make extra...this aromatic masterpiece will disappear before your very eyes! If there are any leftovers, serve them chilled the next day for a five star lunch.
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Truffled Lobster Risotto
An elegant meal for a special occasion.
Although the risotto itself must be prepared just before serving, the lobster broth and meat can be cooked earlier in the day. Serve this classic, Italian-style...as a first course, not as an accompaniment.

The extra work of making the lobster stock out of the shells and then cooking the rice with it heightens the aromatic flavors, and extracts the maximum flavor out of every bit of the crustacean.
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