Fennel, lemon, herbs, and white wine create a flavorful broth, often referred to as court-bouillon, for poaching halibut. To maintain a clear cooking liquid, the aromatics are bundled between a halved leek. A slotted spatula or two eases the transfer of the finished fillets to a plate. A spoon-ful of broth can double as a finishing sauce.
This dish is similar to paella, but much quicker to prepare and made with a broken spaghetti noodle called fideos. Dried chorizo cooks in oil to release a rich paprika essence, then fideos are toasted in the same pan before softening in a cherry tomato sauce. While cured sausage and sharp Manchego offer rich, complex flavor, salt the water as you would a pot of pasta -- it should taste like the sea.
Intensely flavorful and endlessly adaptble, grilled vegetables can be you best friend this summer. Enjoy them hot, cold, or at room temperature, alongside meats, in a sandwich or frittata, or tossed with pasta. But not all vegetables are created equal -- some require precooking before they hit the grill. Check out this handy list before your next cookout and you'll be rewarded with tender, smoky result every time.
In Season: Fennel season lasts from mid-fall to early spring. What to Look For: Choose firm, greenish-white fennel bulbs with no soft or brown spots. If the fronds are still attached to the bulb, they should be bright green with no signs of wilting. How to Store: Wrapped in a paper bag, fennel will keep in the refrigerator for three to five days.