Lemony Spring Soup with Peas and Rice

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The combination of lemon and mint in this soup positively shouts out spring. Then you add the sweetness of peas, and the soup is irresistible. Adrienne demoed this for Brookside Gardens on February 19, 2014, and again at US Botanic Garden the next day, February 20. The recipe was adapted from the blog thekitchn. Read More


Spiced Couscous with Almonds and Currants

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This is a great side that is delicious with grilled chicken or lamb. If you add shredded chicken or a spicy sausage and sprinkle it with feta cheese, it’ll work as a main course.  For a vegan option, saute chunks of firm tofu in a spice mixture that picks up the Middle Eastern theme of this dish — cumin, coriander, turmeric.  We demoed this wonderful and rich-tasting dish, adapted here from our buddies at Fine Cooking, for our appearance on Fox5 News in Washington DC February 17, 2014.  Check out the link on the right. Read More


Meyer Lemon Green Beans

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Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange, are in season for just a short time across the holidays. In this recipe, the sweet-tangy flavor that is unique to these tasty lemons brings a fresh and different dimension to fresh green beans.  The breadcrumb and cheese topping complete the effect, making this one of the best sides of the season. Make extra sauce and topping and keep them in the refrigerator for other green vegetables, including broccoli and asparagus.  Serves 6-8. Adapted from Fine Cooking. Read More



Rutabaga Bisque with Smoked Paprika

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Consider the much overlooked rutabaga: It delivers potassium and fiber at the same rate as the potato, but with nearly twice the vitamin C and half the carbs.  Folks often don’t know what to do with the beefy root vegetable with the gentle apricot-hued flesh. The rutabaga’s slight turnip tang belies its high sugar content, which renders it sweet on the tongue.  Use it as you would a potato and rejoice in the carbs you are saving. This soup pairs the sweetness of rutabaga with the rich flavor of smoked paprika, an inspired match that intensifies the root’s color and lifts the flavor unto the sublime. Adapted with gratitude from Chow. Read More