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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Swiss Chard and Leek Sauté

While I hardly need an excuse to indulge in Swiss chard as it is one of my favorite vegetables, the bright red and green colors always makes it a favorite choice when assembling a menu for Christmas. This quick and easy side dish is a real favorite because it is so easy to make. I will usually prepare everything up until adding the Swiss chard early in the morning and just let the pan hang out in the kitchen until about ten minutes before serving. I also wash and chop the Swiss chard a day in advance so all I have to do is reheat the leek mixture, toss in the Swiss chard, and serve. I make this dish quite a bit - and two favorite additions are some crushed red pepper flakes and/or freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste, but with our Christmas turkey menu it is best plain and is still a great dish without the extras. Make sure to wash the leeks and Swiss chard very well as both vegetables are notorious for being very sandy.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced leeks (white part only)
4 minced garlic cloves (or more to taste)
2 tablespoon turkey, chicken or vegetable broth or water
8 cups chopped Swiss chard
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and saute for five minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more or until fragrant. Add the broth and Swiss chard and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about five minutes, or until the Swiss chard is tender.

Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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