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Thumb_9328_Indian Chicken, Carrot And Kale Stew

Thumb_9328_Indian Chicken, Carrot And Kale Stew

This is an invigorating stew that doesn't take long to make. The aromatic garam masala brings out the sweetness of the carrots. Other spices like curry, coriander and cardamom would work here too. Be sure to brown the chicken deeply for the most flavor.

Thumb_8332_Cucumber And Pear Gazpacho With Mint

Thumb_8332_Cucumber And Pear Gazpacho With Mint

Even though cucumbers are (obviously) vegetables, their watery texture make them a perfect pair for similarly juicy fruits like pears, where all the clean flavors can blend together.  Combined with sour greek yogurt, this is a wonderfully cooling soup.

Thumb_10127_Flatbread El Greco

Thumb_10127_Flatbread El Greco

Rather than recreating a traditional Greek dish, I decided to mix things up a bit in the spirit of El Greco and make a Greek-inspired flatbread. This recipe comes from FoodRockzDC, and was the winner of Root Source Challenge: Kalamata Olive.

Thumb_13734_Mini Coconut And Blood Orange Bundt Cakes

Thumb_13734_Mini Coconut And Blood Orange Bundt Cakes

Use fresh, organic blood oranges when they're in season (or substitute regular oranges). For coconut cream, refrigerate a can of coconut milk until the cream floats to the top and solidifies. Read more about this recipe at VeganYumYum.

Thumb_14592_Grilled Steak With Pepper And Corn Relish Over Grilled Crostini

Thumb_14592_Grilled Steak With Pepper And Corn Relish Over Grilled Crostini

It's important to finely grate the onion (with a box grater) for the marinade, so that the onion's flavor can better penetrate the meat. Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_14503_Caipirinha

Thumb_14503_Caipirinha

Like rum, cachaça is made from unrefined sugar, but it's sharper and more tart. Muddled with lime and sugar, it makes a down-to-earth drink that requires no ostentation. This recipe comes from Rob Chirico's Hair of the Dog. For more of Rob's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.

Thumb_16875_Buttered Noodles With Parsley

Thumb_16875_Buttered Noodles With Parsley

This is the ultimate in simple side dishes -- just noodles with butter and a little parsley. It's wonderful next to rich main courses like a roasted pork loin. This recipe is part of Andrew Schloss's Sunday Dinners.

Thumb_17101_Onion Pie With Lavender, Bacon And Blue Cheese

Thumb_17101_Onion Pie With Lavender, Bacon And Blue Cheese

This savory quiche is a blueprint: substitute thyme, sage or rosemary for lavender; use any leftover cheese; or swap bacon for smoked fish, sausage or prosciutto. Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_19257_Barley Risotto With Broccoli Raab

Thumb_19257_Barley Risotto With Broccoli Raab

Earthy pearl barley gets soft and creamy when cooked this way -- and pairs beautifully with broccoli raab. Like this recipe? Find more like it in one of Barbara Kafka's many excellent cookbooks.

Thumb_21194_Red And Yellow Tomato Salad

Thumb_21194_Red And Yellow Tomato Salad

Finely minced garlic is the secret ingredient that plays off the sweetness of this beautifully colored red and yellow tomato salad enlivened with fresh basil. This recipe is part of Andrew Schloss's Sunday Dinners.

Thumb_20158_Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burrito

Thumb_20158_Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burrito

If you're craving a savory, high-protein, high-fiber breakfast, this burrito is right up your alley. You can substitute feta or cheddar for the cream cheese.

Thumb_20550_Orange, Red Onion, Black Olive And Salt Cod Salad

Thumb_20550_Orange, Red Onion, Black Olive And Salt Cod Salad

This simple Spanish and Southern Italian-inspired salad has a bold, complex mix of flavors. Plan on adding one whole orange per serving, or more if the cod is very salty.


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