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Martha Holmberg

  • Recipe

    Pasta with Roasted Fennel and Tomatoes

    As the fennel and tomatoes roast, their juices mingle to create a luscious sauce. Finocchiona, salami flavored with fennel seeds (finocchio is Italian for fennel), reinforces the fennel flavor of…

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    Fennel Confit with Grilled Lamb

    Like caramelized onions, slowly cooked fennel becomes deep, rich, and sweet tasting. Paired with a lemony, gremolata-like herb garnish, it’s a great accompaniment to lamb chops coated in crushed fennel…

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    Mussels with Fennel and Fregola

    This recipe comes courtesy of my friend chef Joshua McFadden; a dish similar to this is in our cookbook. I love it so much—it’s fragrant, colorful, and satisfying—that I had…

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    Shaved Fennel Salad with Oranges, Black Olives, and Pistachios

    With its sweet and salty flavors, this colorful salad makes a superb first course and would also work well as a side to a rich braise. A short soak in…

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    Mashed Potato, Parsnip, and Parmesan Gratin

    Parsnips contribute earthy sweetness to make-ahead mashed potatoes. The entire dish can be assembled up to 3 days ahead of time--or even earlier;see the Make-Ahead Tips, below. 

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    Carrots with Pistachio-Herb Butter

    Lime and pistachios add brightness and crunch to crisp-tender carrots. This recipe is designed so that you can do most of the work well in advance, making it perfect for…

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    Roasted Shallots with Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

    A rich caramel-vinegar sauce makes these shallots an exclamation point on the plate. The sauce can be made and the shallots prepped well in advance (see Make-Ahead Tips, below), making…

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    Kale with Crispy Pancetta

    The pancetta adds a bit of salty crunch to every bite of tender kale, making this colorful side dish hard to resist. This prep-ahead method makes the dish easy to…

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    Apple, Leek, and Sage Stuffing

    This crisp-on-the-top bread stuffing is similar to the classic but so much better thanks to additions like sweet apples, savory prosciutto, and zingy lemon zest. Plus, you can do most…

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    Cranberry Sauce with Orange, Ginger, and Thyme

    Aromatic notes from fresh herbs and ginger, plus a little heat from cayenne, add excitement to a holiday favorite. Plus, you can do most of the work in advance (see…