Parsnip & Roasted Garlic Soup with Fried Sage

After spending over a year in Napa to go to culinary school and work in restaurant kitchens, I am finally back home and that means more recipes for The Original Dish! While I figure out what step to take next for my career in Chicago, I’m taking full advantage of having lots of time to cook….and eat. And even better, my favorite season to be in the kitchen is in full swing. I’ll be writing warm, cozy, festive recipes all season long. Starting with this parsnip soup.

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Sesame Tuna Salad with Sriracha-Leek Vinaigrette

It’s been a goal of mine for awhile to start making more dishes with tuna. I never ate much fish when I was younger, and by the time I began to love it, tuna was always on the back burner. Sure it’s usually in sushi (which I LOVE and need to try making myself), but I have just finally realized the beauty of a perfectly seared, medium rare tuna steak.

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Fennel & Pear Salad with Goji Berry Vinaigrette

Simplicity is key. But complexity is intriguing. I would say this salad incorporates both of these elements. And the result?…a beautiful winter salad that’s easy to make, yet leaves you wanting more with each bite.

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Onion-Dijon Soup with Pretzel Roll Croutons

Snow is finally falling, the temperature is dropping, January hibernation is kicking in and all of this calls for one thing…soup! My creamy coconut soup was perfect for summer, butternut squash soup for the fall, but now I wanted a wintery soup to keep me warm on these bitterly cold nights. French onion soup has always been my absolute favorite. The deeply flavored soup with bread soaking into it and cheese melting on top is irresistible. So to create some comfort this winter, I developed my own spin on the classic dish.

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