Vegetables as Good as Ice Cream:
Just Add Sour Cream

Three quick and easy vegetable recipes, each one pairing the vegetable with sour cream. Cucumbers with sour cream? Yes! Greens with sour cream? Yes, yes! Beets with sour cream? Yes, yes, yes! We'll ALL scream for sour cream! The 1924 Olympic gold medalist Doug Larson once opined, “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” Me, I’ve long believed that if vegetables tasted anything like, say, ice cream or chocolate, we’d trip over each other at the farmers market. Truth is, I may have to eat those words, er, those vegetables, for these three simple dishes, stirred with sour cream, are every bit as good as the creamiest Chunky Monkey or the finest Belgian chocolate. ONTARIO GREENS Hands-on time: 25 minutes Time to table: 25 minutes Serves 4 1 – 1-1/2 pounds fresh greens, washed, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic Salt & pepper 1/2 cup sour cream Steam

All Courses Lavender

An easy romantic meal inspired by my grandparents' life-long romance. It's a man-pleasing meal, a big steak with fried potatoes and at the end, crème brûlée. Lavender plays in all three but is light and surprising, not in the least bit overpowering. When my grandfather was courting my grandmother in the spring of 1920, he posted a soggy box of woodland violets still clumped in their forest-floor dirt. (Never mind that she was away at college and engaged to her high school sweetheart.) His romantic spirit reaped rich reward: four children and 29 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday, reservations are the easy answer. But this year, consider romancing your sweetheart with an almost-as-easy special meal cooked at home. Just shop for groceries and make the crème brulee on the Monday, then make quick work of the potatoes and steaks after work on Tuesday. Add a simple salad and a bottle of good wine:

Cashew Chicken Curry

A chicken curry reminiscent of London’s curbside curry take-away, one of my very favorite things to go-crazy for in London. (It's been too-too long!) Cashew Chicken Curry is surprisingly healthy and oh-so satisfying. Best of all? This one-pot meal is made with pantry ingredients! Check, you just might have everything you need on hand this very minute! Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

Winter Pesto with Spinach

An untraditional pesto made with fresh spinach instead of fresh basil, especially suited for winter and other times when basil is expensive or hard to come by. Fresh & Seasonal, Especially for Winter. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Vegetarian. Great for Meal Prep.

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