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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Winter Ingredients and Recipes to Savor

  • Five winter gems to keep your palate refined even on the dreariest of winter days.
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  • Don’t let bare trees and negative temperatures ruin your cooking mojo. There are some ingredients that are fantastic this time of year—even when the country is covered in a blanket of snow. Incorporate the following succulent and savory winter ingredients into breakfast, lunch or dinner to give standard winter fare a boost. Kiwi Kiwi Crop Fuzzy flesh camouflages a verdant, flavorful center. This New Zealand native adds sweet notes to salsa and other salads. For bold, unexpected flavor, try pairing with a savory, red meat like steak.  Kiwi mango relish will complement any grilled meat, particularly for those who enjoy lamb. Texas Citrus and Kiwi Fruit Salad Fresh Kiwi and Prosciutto Grilled Lamb Chops with Kiwi Mango Relish   Sage Walnut Sage Pesto Promote it from its supporting role and let sage take center stage. Although it is available year round, sage adds depth to wintry dishes that contain dairy, poultry, beans, and other hearty notes. Add a liberal smear of walnut sage pesto to a turkey sandwich for a Mediterranean treat. Roasted Butternut Squash, Cheddar and Sage Galette Orzo Delicata Squash and Chicken Soup with Sage Linguine with Walnut Sage Pesto   Kale Kale With a reputation as immune-boosting roughage, kale is the chic cousin to cabbage. Kale has a slightly rustic texture, so make sure to allow kale salads and other raw variations to properly marinate. Garnish Tuscan bean soup with crusty croutons for a one bowl meal. Kale Salad Tuscan Bean Soup with Kale Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Olive Oil   Broccoli and Broccoli Raab broccoli crop Steamed, baked, or crowning a crudités platter, broccoli is a culinary workhorse. Broccoli raab (also called rabe or broccoli di rape) has a slightly zestier taste for those wanting to branch outside the normal green go-to. Beef and broccoli is a weekday taste of Asia the kids will love. Orrichiette with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta and Sausage Broccoli and Black Bean Hummus Beef and Broccoli   Sweet Potatoes Baked Sweet Potato This bright orange tuber is packed with Vitamin A and other crucial nutrients for maintaining winter health. Sweet potato pancakes with a decadent whipped topping promise to warm up the coldest of Saturday mornings. Crab and Sweet Potato Hash Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Steak Fries Sweet Potato Pancakes with Homemade Whipped Topping This article originally appeared as on Relish

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