When I gazed around the produce section of my local Cub Foods, I spied two beautiful items that I had never worked with before: Asian pear and fennel. Once those two items were in my cart, I then proceeded to buy all the gluten and dairy free condiments and spices I could think of to possibly use with them.
I finally decided on 5 recipes:
Fruit Salad with Asian pear and coconut yogurt dressing
Asian pear and banana bread
Chutney with Asian pear and fennel
Red potato and fennel gratin with plain coconut yogurt
Mixed greens salad with fennel, shaved celery and dried cranberries
It was really exciting for me to create dishes using “exotic” ingredients. I was particularly pleased with myself when I could kill two birds with one stone by using fennel and Asian pear in one of the recipes!