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How to make Pickles (or Pickle any Vegetable!)

1 pound  fresh vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, green beans, summer squash, or cherry tomatoes 2 sprigs  fresh herbs, such as thyme, dill, or rosemary (optional) 1 to 2 teaspoons  whole spices, such as black peppercorns,…

Penne with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

Penne with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes 1 (16-oz.) package whole wheat penne pasta 8 oz green beans, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 1 pt. small tomatoes tomatoes, halved 3/4 cup Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette (below) 1/4 cup chopped…

Sautéed Fiddleheads

Sautéed Fiddleheads 1 Tablespoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste Fiddlehead ferns 2 teaspoons butter or vegetable oil 1 clove garlic or 1 small shallot (optional) Trim the fiddlehead ferns, removing any brown ends or mushy…

Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette 1 cup peeled shallot 4 cloves peeled garlic 3/4cup olive oil, divided 1/4cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium glass baking…

Escarole and White Bean Soup

Escarole and White Bean Soup 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 10 ounces slab bacon, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 2 medium onions (about 6 ounces each), finely chopped 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2…

Chicken Pasta Bake with Spinach and Parmesan

Chicken Pasta Bake with Spinach and Parmesan 1-pound pasta, such as fusilli Coarse kosher salt 1-tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chicken breast, diced into 1-inch pieces Freshly ground black pepper 10 ounces baby spinach, about…

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Sauteed Tomatoes, Basil and Ricotta

Juicy Turkey Burgers with Sautéed Tomatoes, Basil and Ricotta 1-pound ground turkey meat, preferably dark meat Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves and fine stems, roughly chopped …

Ina Gartens Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ina Gartens Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 1/2 pounds whole baby bella mushrooms (about 36 mushrooms) 1-pound ground mild Italian sausage 2 large shallots or sweet onions, minced 2 large garlic…

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells 25 jumbo pasta shells 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1-cup store bought marinara sauce 1/3 cup Parmesan, grated 2 cups spinach, washed, drained and chopped 2 cups part-skim ricotta …

Roasted Delicata Squash with Quinoa, Apple and Spinach or Arugula

Roasted Delicata Squash with Quinoa, Apple and Spinach or Arugula 2 Delicata squash (about 1 pound each), halved lengthwise and seeded 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 cup quinoa 2 tablespoons…

Avocado and Shrimp Chopped Cabbage Salad

Avocado and Shrimp Chopped Cabbage Salad 5 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon chopped fresh…

Garlicky Swiss Chard or Red Kale and Chick Peas

Garlicky Swiss Chard or Red Kale and Chick Peas 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided 2 bunches Swiss chard or Kale, center stems cut out and discarded and leaves coarsely chopped 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth) 2…