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RECIPES BY PAM SAWYER
PHOTOS BY TIM MAR

When the temperatures drop, it’s time to turn to comfort menus and heartier dishes. There’s nothing like coming home to a warm family meal after a day on the slopes or a nice winter walk. Here is a perfect winter meal that does just that. This menu also works well for entertaining, and a lot of these components can be prepared ahead of time, so you can relax with your guests.

Eating locally means eating seasonally, so winter causes us to be a bit more creative with fewer choices. Finding interesting ways to introduce more varieties of root vegetables, grains, dried beans, and legumes into our meals can make our winter cooking more exciting.

Cooking fresh involves some spontaneity, so choose to be inspired from the freshest local ingredients you see at the market. There are no rules, and recipes are simply roadmaps, so have fun and allow yourself the freedom to explore this winter.

SHOPPING LIST

2 teaspoons shallot
1 and 1/4 pounds celeriac
2 and 1/4 cups yellow onion
1 and 1/4 cups celery
1 and 1/4 cups carrot
4 cups Yukon Gold potatoes
1 tablespoon parsley
2 cloves garlic
1 package of fresh thyme
1/2 cup Black Caviar lentils
6 large strips of bacon (6 ounces)
2 pounds Mediterranean Mussels
4 (5-ounce) thick, wild salmon fillets
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 and 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
4 eggs
2 cups fish stock
3 teaspoons Earl Grey tea leaves
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 teaspoons caramelized cocoa nibs
1/2 cup dry white wine

From your pantry:

bay leaves
fine sea salt
black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
rice bran oil
sherry vinegar
Dijon mustard
vanilla extract
granulated sugar
confectioners sugar

RECIPE

PUGET SOUND MUSSEL CHOWDER

PAN-ROASTED SALMON WITH CELERIAC PUREE, BLACK CAVIAR LENTILS WITH BACON,
AND CREAMY THYME MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE

EARL GREY CHOCOLATE POTS DE CREME

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