Braised Fennel with White Wine and Parmesan


3 TBSP butter

2 bulbs fennel, stems, fronds and base trimmed, bulb cut vertically into ½ inch thick slices

sea salt and ground pepper

1/3 cup dry white wine

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese



1.         Heat butter over medium heat in sauté pan large enough to hold fennel in almost single layer. Add fennel and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add wine and cover pan. Simmer over medium heat 15 minutes. Turn slices and continue to simmer, covered, until fennel is quite tender, has absorbed most of pan liquid, and starts to turn golden, about 10 minutes longer. Turn fennel again and continue cooking until fennel starts to color on other side, about 4 minutes longer.

2.       Sprinkle fennel with cheese. Transfer to platter or individual plates and serve immediately


Serves 4


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Kale Caesar Salad



12 ounces kale, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (16 cups)

1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup)


3 ounces baguette, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (3 cups)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire 

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 , anchovy fillets, rinsed

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil




    1. FOR THE SALAD: Place kale in large bowl and cover with warm tap water (110 to 115 degrees). Swish kale around to remove grit. Let kale sit in warm water bath for 10 minutes. Remove kale from water and spin dry in salad spinner in multiple batches. Pat leaves dry with paper towels if still wet.

    2. FOR THE CROUTONS: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Toss all ingredients together in bowl. Bake on rimmed baking sheet until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Let croutons cool completely on sheet. (Cooled croutons can be stored in airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)

    3. FOR THE DRESSING: Process mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, anchovies, garlic, salt, and pepper in blender until pureed, about 30 seconds. With blender running, slowly add oil until emulsified.

    4. Toss kale with 3/4 cup dressing in large bowl. Refrigerate dressed kale for at least 20 minutes or up to 6 hours. Toss Parmesan and croutons with dressed kale. Serve, passing remaining 1/4 cup dressing at table.