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Fennel Rhubarb Pork Roast

Recipes posted a year ago:

Last weekend, with spring slowly trying to make an appearance around here, I had rhubarb on my mind.  And since we had our friends Sonya and Chris coming up for dinner, it was a perfect time to try something entirely new (we knew they’d be game for it).  We had a pork roast thawing, and the tangy character of rhubarb was a perfect pairing for the roast – along with a few other additions.

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Bengali Roasted Chicken

This recipe uses a unique blend of ingredients common to the Bangladesh area with a mixture of veggies and sweet potatoes to make a complete meal.  Roasted in a very hot oven, the yogurt sauce reduces down to a thick glaze coating.  This recipe will make a lot, so you’ll have plenty for leftovers, or enough for about 6 adults for dinner.  Set aside a few hours for preparing and marinading before cooking, and then about an hour to cook before serving.

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Asparagus with Orange Fennel Sauce

The primary highlight of this recipe is the sauce; a mix of caramelized onions and fennel simmered in cider vinegar, orange juice, and vegetable broth until thickened, with just a slight bite from a pinch of cayenne at the end.  This sauce could be used for a host of ideas – from dressing up chicken breast to glazing acorn squash before roasting.  Pureed in a blender with a few tablespoons of olive oil and a dash more cider vinegar, it would make a wonderful dressing as well.  In this post, however, I chose to add it to asparagus before roasting along side a pork roast I was cooking.

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Orange-Braised Fennel

Fennel is something that doesn’t usually come to mind when someone says to eat vegetables.  But most people find that once they’ve tried fennel, they’ll begin looking for as many other ways as they can to prepare this “bulb” with a mildly sweet licorice flavor.  I know I certainly do, so when I came across a recipe for braised fennel recently, I had to give it a spin.

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Malaysian Chicken Soup

This recipe started out inspired by a dish called laksa that comes from Malaysia and Indonesia.  Traditional laksa is a spicy noodle soup, of which there are numerous local incantations involving either curry or tamarind for flavor, and a greatly varied list of ingredients such as tempe, boiled eggs, poached fish, rice noodles, bean sprouts, and shrimp paste.  Of course, just like a Hollywood movie claiming to be “inspired by a true story” (we know how close they stick to the facts in those, don’t we), this recipe evolved into a loose interpretation of traditional laksa that is definitely Purely Primal.  And don’t be scared away by the long list of ingredients either – this one is simple to put together, and doesn’t take very long either.

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Apple Fennel Salad

Looking for an easy way to change things up with your salad for a meal or two?  Combining the varying flavors of sweet apples, tart vinegar, spicy arugula, and mildly licorice-like fennel, this is sure to appeal to more than a few of your taste buds when served along side just about any meal.

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Chicken with Fennel and Squash

Here is another delicious recipe for the crockpot.  I have to say that browning the chicken brings back childhood memories for me of my mom frying chicken in the skillet on a cold day.  Just the smell is worth 1,000 words!

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