WSJ 2023 serves 4 Bake 450º QED


1 large fennel bulb

6 bone-in chicken thighs

3 TB olive oil

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed

2 tsp cumin seeds lightly crushed

salt & fresh ground pepper

2 C water

1 C jasmine rice

1/2 C Castelvetrano olives, crushed, pitted

1 juice 1 lemon

1/4 C chopped parsley


  1. Halve fennel bulb lengthwise, cut each half into 4 wedges
  2. In large bowl, toss chicken, fennel and spices with olive oil
  3. Large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Spread fennel and chicken (skin side up) on pan.
  4. Roast 15 min, remove fat (paper towels) or pour off rendered fat. Return to oven, roast 10-15 min more until skin crispy.
  5. In pot on stove, bring 2 C water to boil, add 1C rice & 1 TB oil & pinch salt. Simmer until tender 15 min, let sit 10 min.
  6. Remove chicken from oven, squeeze lemon over chicken, fennel etc. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with rice


Roasted Cauliflower Soup

December 6, 2021

Nordstjernan 2021 serves 4 (recipe for 2 is below) Roast 425°


•3 TB olive oil

•1 onion sliced

• 1 Large head cauliflower cored, cut into 1 ” pieces

• 3 cloves garlic smashed

Toss onions, cauliflower, garlic with oil and roast in over 30 min, stir occasionally, until caramelized.

Transfer to large saucepan, ADD

4C chicken broth

2C water

2 TB white rice

1 Bay leaf

Simmer 20 minutes, remove bay leaf. Puree soup.

Optional, add 1TB lemon juice & baked croutons. OR Pecorino panko bread crumbs


1 1/2 TB olive oil

1/2 onion sliced

1 small head cauliflower

2 cloves garlic

Bake 425° , 30 minutes.

Put into large pot with

2 C broth

1 C water

1 1/2TB white rice

1 bay leaf

Simmer 20 min, remove bay leaf, Puree.

add toppings from above.

Roasted Cauliflower

February 2, 2017

Ina’s:  Heat oven 425º

(Cauliflower, Panko, garlic, grated parmesan)

  • Slice 1 head cauliflower into ½” slices (snowflakes) . Leave core intact.
  • mix with 3T olive oil, ¾ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper.
  • Roast in oven on baking sheet 15 min.
  • ADD ½ C Panko crumbs mixed with 1 TB oil, sprinkle on top of cauliflower slices 10 min more.
  • Sprinkle with ½ C parmesan cheese, bake 2 min more.

VARIATIONS: add sliced onion, thyme sprigs, 2 cloves garlic

Baked Kale

October 22, 2014

Another vegetable that comes out quit tasty roasted! Adapted from Ina Garten 2014.

  • 1-2 bunches kale(2 lbs) remove core stem, tear leaves into large pieces.
  • Rise, drain, dry
  • Toss with 1/4 c olive oil, salt & pepper (smoked salt for added flavor)
  • Bake 350° oven 15 min. May be a little steamy, they will crisp up.