Gravlax is a Scandinavian dish usually served as an appetizer or it's perfect for brunch! It's a beautiful piece of Salmon cured with salt, sugar and herbs...then thinly sliced and paired with bagels, dill, capers, etc. This is something most people buy at the store, but Louise Leonard says it's worth it to make it at home! Curing the fish is not as hard as you might think and the amazing flavors make it well worth the effort.
Jenny Park ( http://spoonforkbacon.com ): For my non-meat eating friends, this is a dish I like to serve that makes them feel special. It looks like something that took a lot of time, but with a few short-cuts and a simple rolling technique, you'll have a welcoming dish that everyone will enjoy.
Liesl Maggiore: Even in Southern California, this time of year is definitely still soup weather! My Colorado mom is queen of winter soups and I guess her love of making and eating them rubbed off on me. There is nothing more satisfying than the smells and warmth that come from homemade soup. And the best part is, so many are super easy to make and quite healthy - like this one! This recipe is packed with veggies and protein and my whole family loves it. I like to use a sausage that has a little smokiness to it for added depth of flavor.
We called for your favorite recipes and you all responded with such yummy dishes! Here is a tasty one from Sabrina -- http://www.youtube.com/Nemien09 -- who hails from Norway! She created this dish using left-over smoked salmon from Christmas. And we're so glad she did because it looks amazing! Takk, Sabrina!
Liesl Maggiore: I am a huge fan of adding seasonal ingredients to spice up otherwise kind bland foods like rice, couscous, or quinoa. Right now blood oranges are just amazing, and I love to use them when they are in season -- they are so tasty and beautiful! In this recipe, I added them to a basic rice pilaf with some crunchy toasted almonds for texture ... you can serve this as a side dish with just about anything!
Subscriber Jess Dang ( http://www.cooksmarts.com ) says: This recipe is incredibly versatile and the zucchini can be swapped with a whole range of vegetables, such as chopped up broccolini, eggplant, asparagus, beans, etc. The protein can also be substituted for other vegetarian proteins like diced tofu or meat proteins such as grilled chicken breast.
We asked for your favorite weeknight meals and you all sent such great suggestions! One of our favorite submissions was from subscriber EmmaEmilieHD ( http://www.youtube.com/EmmaEmilieHD ) who suggested an easy Osso Bucco. What a hearty, grand meal, and it doesn't take as much effort as you think. Yum!
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