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Or, get a flavor for them with the following recipes -- all seasonal, all restaurant quality and all easy enough for a competent novice to make at home. Enjoy!
Take a look at the grocery list for these 5 recipes to get your shopping out of the way for the week.
Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs:
5 medium yellow onions
One 3-inch piece fresh ginger
2 small green cabbage
3 lemon, preferably organic
1 bunch scallions (you need 6)
2 medium sweet potatoes
2-inch piece fresh ginger
2 bunches basil
1 box cherry tomatoes
2 bags arugula (or 8 cups)
3 large, ripe tomatoes
3 medium zucchini
1 large onion
1 head crisp lettuce (iceberg is great for this)
Meat, Poultry and Seafood:
4 chicken legs and thighs
1-1/2 lbs. halibut (preferably from the Pacific)
Four thick slices (about 1/4-inch) Prosciutto
1 lb. sliced bacon, preferably nitrite free
7 oz. plain yogurt (we like Greek)
8 oz. Feta cheese
2 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano (about ½ cup grated)
Bread and Grains:
Your favorite sandwich bread
Fresh, crusty bread
4 cups basmati rice
1 lb. tagliatelle, preferably unenriched
1 small bag raisins
1/3 cup roasted cashew pieces
8 oz. black olives in brine
1 small bag walnuts
2 lbs. fennel bulbs
2 cans cannellini beans
Also, make sure you have these basics on hand in your pantry:
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 quart chicken stock
Basil BLT and Zucchini Soup
You won't find this BLT at the neighborhood greasy spoon, but if you've got a few choice leftovers from the summer harvest, this one's perfect. Complete with basil, garlic and a gourmet zucchini soup, this is a delicious but simple late summer twist on the classic soup and sandwich combo.
Cannellini Beans with Prosciutto
This high-protein dinner will keep you tummy warm and content while the weather gets chillier. The Cannellini bean and prosciutto dish is served with fennel and pramigiano gratin making a wonderfully quick, tasty and filling meal for the entire family.