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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Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Horseradish Potato Puree

Food is so much more than the actual food itself. It brings people together and creates memories that go beyond what we taste. One of my favorite childhood memories that I can picture as if it was yesterday involves a cold, winter night and a pot of short ribs.

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Stewed Lentils with Poached Eggs & Chili Oil

Oh how I love poached eggs! Firm white outside…thick, silky yolk on the inside… Nothing can really compare to breaking into the egg. The bright yellow yolk gently runs out, creating a rich “sauce” for whatever lies underneath. While I usually eat poached eggs for lunch each day on top of thick toast that’s spread with avocado, I also like to incorporate them into my dinners. And tonight I’m eating them over a hearty bowl of lentils.

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Steamed Mussels in Spicy Tomato-Wine Broth with Crusty Garlic Bread

In traditional Italian fashion, my family would make the Feast of the Seven Fishes every Christmas Eve. Over the years, the tradition has changed. We now tend to serve steak and pasta, with only a few of our seafood specialties. Mussels are always a big hit, so this year I am making sure they end up on our holiday table!

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