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French Carrot Salad

Marc J. Sievers

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Carrot salad is something that can almost be considered a type of ‘street food’ in Paris. You often see it pre-packaged in many of the markets and it is a refreshing change from the typical (and sometimes boring) salads that we reach for during the summer. What I love about my version of French Carrot Salad is that it is simple and full of farmstand-fresh flavor, due to the crisp, grated carrots, flat-leaf Italian parsley and the creamy, luxe vinaigrette that brings it all together.

Don’t skip the step of shredding carrots yourself.  I like to use top carrots (carrots that still have the greens attached) because these tend to be the freshest available in the grocery store and have the best flavor.  While it may be appealing to save a few extra minutes and use pre-shredded carrots, who knows how long they have been in that bag!  Also, if you are at the farmer’s market or your grocery store and you happen to see tri-color carrots, those would be absolutely gorgeous to use for this salad. Perfect to bring along for a picnic!

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Ingredients (serves 6)

Salad

  • Carrots – 1 pound, peeled and finely shredded

  • Parsley – 1 cup of whole leaves, Italian flat-leaf variety

  • Chives – ⅓ cup, finely minced

Vinaigrette

  • Olive Oil – 3 tablespoons

  • Honey – 1 teaspoon

  • Dijon Mustard – 1 ½ teaspoons

  • Crème Fraiche – 1 tablespoon

  • Lemon Juice – 2 tablespoons, freshly squeezed

  • Fleur de Sel – ½ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – ½ teaspoon, freshly cracked

Directions

Salad

  1. In a large bowl add the carrots, whole parsley leaves and chives.  Set aside.

Vinaigrette & Assembly

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously for about 60 seconds.

  2. Pour the vinaigrette over the carrot mixture and toss. 

  3. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl or platter, garnish with more salt and pepper and serve at room temperature.

Tip: You can make the vinaigrette up to 3 days in advance and store in it the refrigerator in same jar you made it in.

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Carrot, Leek, & Potato Soup

Marc J. Sievers

There is nothing I find more satisfying than a big bowl of warm soup this time of year!  My Carrot, Leek, & Potato Soup is filled with fresh vegetables that are cooked until just tender, then puréed into a thick and luscious soup that is perfect for a cool evening dining al fresco, a casual supper, or a weekend lunch.  In fact, this soup is so hearty that all you need to serve alongside it is a basket a crusty French bread, a green salad, and a bold red wine—the ultimate in casual yet chic comfort food!  Best of all, you can store containers filled with this fabulous soup in the freezer for those extra-chilly nights when only a bowl of piping hot stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup will do!


Carrot, Leek, & Potato Soup

Ingredients (makes 5 quarts)

  • Yellow Onion – 1 small, ½-inch dice

  • Red Onion – 1 small, ½-inch dice

  • Leeks – 7 stalks, washed, ½-inch dice, both light green and white parts

  • Carrots – 6 large, peeled, ½-inch dice

  • Yukon Gold Potato’s – 5 large, peeled, ½-inch dice

  • Red Pepper – 1 large, ½-inch dice

  • Garlic – 8 cloves, rough chopped

  • Butter – 12 tablespoons, unsalted

  • Parsley – ½ cup, rough chopped, flat leaf, plus more for garnish

  • Thyme – 2 tablespoons, rough chopped

  • Black Pepper – 2½ teaspoon, freshly cracked

  • Sea Salt – 2 teaspoons

  • Vegetable Stock – 10 cups

  • Half and Half – 1½ cups

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano – freshly grated, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pan or stockpot set over medium heat, add the butter.

  2. Once the butter is hot, add the leeks, as well as both yellow and red onions, red peppers, garlic, parsley and thyme. Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Next, add the vegetable stock, salt, pepper, potatoes, and carrots. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

  4. Working in small batches, transfer the soup into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, and process until coarsely puréed.

  5. Return the puréed soup back into the pot. Whisk in the half and half and re-heat over medium heat until hot.

  6. Ladle into individual serving bowls and garnish with fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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Roasted Savory Carrots

Marc J. Sievers

Carrots get a rustic and chic makeover!

With Easter right around the corner, I’m sure many of you are in the midst of planning the menu!  While I still prepare many of my families traditional recipes, I am always looking to reinvent a classic, like carrots.  My recipe for Roasted Savory Carrots combines flavor like honey, basil, lemon and dark chocolate, what a combination!  Roasting the carrots also helps bring out the natural sweetness and earthy flavor.

Not only are these perfect for Easter or when hosting company, but they are a fabulous addition to any casual weeknight meal.  The steps are simple and the ingredients are found at your local grocery store, making this the perfect elevated home-cooked recipe!


Roasted Savory Carrots

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • Carrots – 2 pounds, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and then in 2-inch pieces

  • Butter – 3 tablespoons, unsalted, at room temperature

  • Honey – 4 tablespoons

  • Olive Oil - 3 tablespoons

  • Sea Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon, freshly cracked

  • Basil – 3/4 cup, freshly chopped, divided

  • Lemon – 1 medium, zested

  • Dark Chocolate - 4 tablespoons, freshly shaved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. On a sheet pan, toss the carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.

  3. Place into the oven for 30 minutes, tossing once during the cooking process.

  4. In a large bowl combine the lemon zest, honey, butter and 1/2 cup of basil. Add the carrots and toss until evenly coated.

  5. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of basil. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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