Ingredient: Fruits

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Blackberry and Almond Crumble

When I buy plump, tart blackberries at the farmers’ market, I usually devour them before I make it home. When I manage to save a few, I make this crumble. I like my desserts to be simple (mostly because I’m not much of a pastry chef and I don’t want to screw them up). Chopped almonds (I like to use Marconas) give the topping a great little crunch and, along with the berries, offset the pro-inflammatory effects of the sugar.

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad

As soon as sugar snaps show up at the farmers’ market, I’m instantly happy. Sweet and crisp, this salad is all about the sugar snaps, with a pinch of Aleppo pepper for heat, some fresh ricotta cheese for richness and texture, and edible flowers for color. It comes together easily, looks gorgeous and is oh-so-easy to love.

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Thai-Inspired Bok Choy and Pineapple Salad

This fresh summer salad can be prepped the day before, but toss the salad ingredients with the dressing right before serving for the freshest taste. Try adding 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper for more color. If you can’t find Thai basil, use regular basil. If you don’t care for fish sauce, substitute tamari or soy sauce.

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Mixed Winter Salad

Seared Beef Sirloin With Orange Basil Vinaigrette A refreshing blend of orange and basil brings out the natural flavors of grilled beef. (For a vegetarian option, replace beef with tempeh. Marinate the tempeh in one-fourth of this dressing, then grill.) This salad would also be great with grilled chicken breast.

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Cranberry Sausage Stuffing

Chef’s note: Frozen cranberries (not thawed) or fresh cranberries can be used in place of dried cranberries. Pulse the cranberries in a food processor to chop, then measure to 3/4 cup and add stuffing mix.