Modified Double Celery Turkey Salad

Thanks to one of our subscribers for the following new version of a recipe we’ve given.  She describes this as “a winter tonic!”



¼ head crushed garlic

olive oil

toasted sesame oil

soy sauce

rice vinegar

black pepper


1 grated celeriac

few stalks minced celery

2-3 grated carrots

1 lb. cooked turkey

1 roasted beet, diced

Saute garlic in olive oil briefly, just so that it is not raw.  Whisk garlic together with other dressing ingredients to taste.  To roast the beet, wash,  wrap in aluminum foil and bake in 350-degree oven for about an hour or until easily pieced with a fork.  Allow to cool, then rub off the skin with your thumb.  Dice or shred the turkey.  Mix salad ingredients with dressing (adding beets last and mixing only gently afterward) and serve.

Creamy Porcini and Barley Soup

½ c. pearl barley

4 ½ c. chicken stock

1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms

2 c. boiling water

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup minced onion or shallot

8 c. sliced white mushrooms

2  small celeriac

1 tsp. dried sage

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

2 Tbsp. flour

1 cup cooking sherry

½ c. lowfat sour cream

chives for garnish

Combine barley and 1 ½ c. broth in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender, 30-35 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine porcinis and boiling water in a medium bowl and let soak until mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Line a sieve with paper towel, set in over a bowl and pour mushrooms and soaking liquid through it.  Reserve soaking liquid. Chop porcinis finely. Heat butter and oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened. Add white mushrooms and cook, stirring often, util they have released their juices and started to brown.  Add porcinis, celery or celeriac, sage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften.  Sprinkle flour over the veggies and cook until flour is incorporated, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until most of the sherry has evaporated. Add the soaking liquid and the remaining 3 c. of broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.  Add the cooked barley and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream until incorporated. Garnish with chives. Serves 4. Adapted from Eating Well Jan.-Feb. 2007.

Winter Slaw

  • 1 small to medium cabbage
  • 3 med carrots
  • ½ celeriac (optional)
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbs. buttermilk
  • ½ Tbs. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Halve and core cabbage.  Shred as finely as possible.  Grate carrots and celeriac, if used.  Mix remaining ingredients until smooth in the bottom of your salad bowl, add vegetables, toss and serve.

Wild Rice and Celery Root Gratin

  • Bechamel (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice or Calico Rice (about one cup uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly butter or oil a baking dish and make the bechamel. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the celery root with the lemon juice, garlic, and 2 tablespoons parsley and cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine the wild rice, celery root, and sauce and stir in the cheeses. Turn into the dish and bake until firm, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


  • 1/4 cup minced shallot or onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, scalded
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Cook the shallot in the butter in a small saucepan over low heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes more. Whisk in the hot milk all at once, then cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, a little pepper, and the nutmeg.

Serves 4 to 6

From Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

White Beans and Winter Greens

  • 3/4  Lb dried navy beans
  • 1 cup finely chopped celeriac
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups stock or water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 lbs winter greens
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • black pepper

Soak the beans in a large saucepan with water to cover by three inches.  Boil for 2-3 minutes, cover remove from heat and let stand 1 hour.  Drain and rinse beans.  Put them in large pot and add celeriac, carrot, onion, bay leaf and stock or water.  Heat to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for forty-five minutes.  Add the salt and olive oil.  There should be enough liquid to barely cover the beans.  If not, add stock or water as necessary.  Continue simmering uncovered until the beans are tender, about 15 more minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Chop greens and wash.  Shake out as much water as possible, preferably in a salad spinner.  Stir the lemon juice into the beans.  Add the greens a handful at a time, stirring until wilted before adding another handful.  When all greens have been added, simmer for five minutes.  Check seasonings, adding salt and pepper as necessary.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ small celeriac, chopped fine
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 leek, chopped fine
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup grated cheddar or jack cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Bake potatoes at 350 degrees until tender to a fork.  Meanwhile, sauté leek, onion and garlic in 1 Tbs. butter until soft.  Add celeriac and cabbage and cook until cabbage wilts.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  When ready, cut potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the flesh into a large mixing bowl, being careful not to break the skins.  Set skins aside.  Mash potato with butter and buttermilk, and salt and pepper to taste.  Add sautéed vegetables and fill potato skins with mixture.  Top with grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees until cheese melts.

Serves 4 as main dish or 8 as side dish.

Tangy Celeriac Salad

  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup lowfat yogurt
  • 1 large celeriac
  • 2 Tbs. chopped chives
  • 1 Tbs. chopped parsley

In a bowl, combine mustard, lemon juice and yogurt.  Set aside.  Peel the celeriac and cut into thin julienne strips.  Add to mustard mix, stirring well to thoroughly coat all the celeriac.  Cover and marinate at least 3 hrs. or as much as 24 hrs.  Just before serving, mix in the chives and parsley.

Szechwan Carrot Soup

  • 1 med. onion or leek
  • 1/3 cup chopped celeriac
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ inch piece fresh ginger; peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 ½ Tbs. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 cup milk

Chop onion and celeriac and mince garlic.  Cook in vegetable oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until onion is softened.  Add carrots, ginger, pepper flakes and broth.  Simmer covered until carrots are very tender; about 45 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients and in a blender puree mixture in batches.  Return soup to pan and heat over low heat until hot, being careful not to let boil.  If desired, prepare garnish by mixing ¼ cup sour cream with 2 Tbs. heavy cream and drizzle decoratively into soup after serving into bowls.

Adapted from Gourmet.

Spiced Short Ribs with Cabbage

  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 3 Lbs lean short ribs
  • 1 Tbs dry mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp crushed oregano
  • 1/8 tsp crushed sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • ¼ cup sliced celery or celeriac
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ – 1 head cabbage cut into wedges

Add short ribs to hot oil in a heavy skillet with a tight fitting lid.  Cover and brown meat on all sides.  Pour off excess fat.  Add a mixture of mustard, salt, pepper, oregano, and sage then bay leaf, onion, celery or celeriac and a mixture of water and vinegar.  Cover and cook slowly about 1 ½ hours or until meat is almost tender.  Add cabbage wedges, cover and cook about 25 minutes or until tender.  Add more liquid if necessary during cooking.  Serve ribs on a heated platter and surround with wedges of cabbage.

Serves 4.

Quick Celery Root Salad with Capers and Lemon

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 head celery root, peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup juicy capers, rinsed
  • Small handful Italian parsley, chopped

Peel the celery root and shred it. Stop halfway through and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the lemon juice to keep the root from turning brown. Shred the other half and toss with another tablespoon of lemon juice. Salt and pepper liberally and toss.  Whisk the remaining lemon juice with the walnut oil, olive oil, sugar, and vinegar. Taste and adjust. Toss with the celery root, capers, and chopped parsley.