Top Rated Bay Leaf Recipes

Cherry Tomato Sauce
This has to be one of the easiest tomato sauces to make. It’s the ultimate beginner’s tomato sauce because there’s no chopping. All you basically have to do is throw the tomatoes into a pan, cover them, and wait until they all burst. One thing to note is the seed factor. You’ll find many Italian chefs who say they would never remove seeds from a tomato sauce. If you agree, this is a sauce for you. Seeding isn’t an option here, but you don’t really need to — the seeds, while numerous, are hardly bitter. Click here to see It's Time for a Cherry Tomato Fiesta — 11 Great Recipes.
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I call this my "firecracker" applesauce because it has a little bit of kick to it from the serrano chiles. 
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Often it seems like tomato soups don’t taste anything like an actual tomato — the tomatoes are roasted or stewed into a soup that is so far from the starting main ingredient. I like using Early Girl tomatoes for this recipe because they cook really quickly and have a fresh, bright flavor, but you can use any mix or assortment of tomatoes you have on hand. This soup has a great creamy texture without adding any cream.
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For a dish rich in whole grains, try this warm farro salad with tender butternut squash. Click here to see 10 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes
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Better-Than-Halal-Cart Rice
For those of you who have ever eaten from a "halal cart," the title of this rice recipe probably seems like a bold statement. If the reference means nothing to you, don't worry — before moving to New York, I wouldn't have had a clue either. A halal cart is a street vendor that, at a minimum, sells two things, and two things very well: chicken over rice and lamb (or gyro) over rice. Most offer the option to wrap up the same fixings — meat, lettuce, generally out-of-season tomatoes, white sauce, and a bit of smoky paprika-based hot sauce — in a pita as well, minus the rice. It sounds simple, but done right, it's absolutely delicious, addictive, and satisfying. The best part? You walk away full after spending just $5. Some also sell knishes (another mysterious New York thing), kebabs, and falafel. Others even offer pretzels, hot dogs, chestnuts, and Philly cheesesteaks. In other words, if you can walk away with it, they probably have it. (I have yet, however, to see one that sells pizza.) The rice, in theory, is basmati. Some vendors offer just white rice, others will offer "yellow rice," while some offer a mix of the two. It sometimes has a few peas in it and perhaps some cooked tomato. Some of them cheap out on the rice, though, and offer something that tastes suspiciously like Uncle Ben's. The mystifying thing is: What exactly makes the yellow rice yellow? Is it turmeric? Is it saffron? (Probably not.) A friend recently pointed out that it might be food coloring. We decided to take the guesswork out of the equation and make a new and improved version of halal-cart rice that you won't get on the street. This version is flavored with saffron, freshly shucked peas, and ripe tomato — the perfect base for grilled chicken, fish, or lamb. Whoever says rice is bland is about to have their world rocked. Click here to see Rice Made Sexy — 5 Great Dinner Recipes.  
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Goat Stew
Executive chef Michael Uhnak's goat stew at Besaw's in Portland, Ore., takes stew to new heights. This is a warm, comforting dish perfect for fall or winter, and a simple recipe perfect for a last-minute dinner.
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Mediterranean Kale Soup Recipe
The heartiness provided by the kale and lentils brings "comfort" right into this soup and packs in a great amount of energy. I think most of the spices and amounts of garlic can be modified to suit your own tastes, which is why this soup can be so versatile. You could even add chicken stock if you just can’t go without and I think it would turn out great!
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Martha Pesa from A Family Feast shares her recipe for healhty brown rice mixed with lentils, sweet peppers, zucchini, and feta cheese.Click here to see 12 Fresh and New Rice Recipes
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Slow-Cooked Spicy Black Bean Soup
This slow cooker soup is true to its name... spicy! But, have no fear, even if you have a severe dislike for spicy food, this recipe is easily modified to be safe for all taste buds.
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Use all manner of kale, chard or other hearty greens in this filling cold weather soup. Look for Parmigiano Reggiano rinds, ideal for flavoring soups and stews, in the specialty cheese department.
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This recipe came about when a friend suggested we make a pasta sauce out of the leftover short ribs we had in the fridge. I also think it's worth mentioning that we did while trapped inside during a hurricane, and so this delicious dish was the result of luck and what we had on hand. 
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Cranberry Blood Orange Rosemary Sauce
Ready to leave the everyday cranberry sauce behind? Give this recipe a try, with juicy blood orange and fragrant rosemary that will make you feel like the holidays really have arrived.  See all rosemary recipes. 
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