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slightly less raw taste, you can first toss the slivered root with one teaspoon salt and one tablespoon lemon juice and let it marinate an hour. Then rinse, drain, and dry thor-oughly before dressing. You can also roast celery root alone or add it to other roasted root vegetables, or (my latest discovery) cut it into French fry sized sticks and make oven fries! Roasted Celery Root or Celery Root oven Fries 4 pounds celery root 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons salt Preheat oven to 425 Degrees F. Trim and peel celery root and cut into 1-inch pieces for roasted celery root, or into 2-3 inch sticks for fries. In a large roasting pan or heavy cookie sheet, toss celery root with oil and salt and roast in middle of oven 30 minutes. Stir celery root and reduce temperature to 375 Degrees F. Continue roasting celery root, checking for doneness after 30 min. Holiday Celery Root and Potato Puree 1 1/4 lb. russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 lb. celery root, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 to 2 Tbsp. lemon juice Fresh ground pepper Place the potatoes and celery root in a sauce-pan and cover with cold water. Add the salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Re-duce the heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to the pot. Add the cream and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Simmer gently 10 minutes, stirring fre-quently to prevent sticking. Add the butter, stir, and remove from the heat. Press the mixture through a potato ricer or pulse in the bowl of a food processor until almost smooth, retaining some bits of celery root and potato. Add the lemon juice, taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve hot. Terra Brockman is the author of The Seasons on Henrys Farm, a 2010 James Beard award finalist, and the founder of The Land Con-nection, a nonprofit saving farmland, train-ing new farmers, and connecting consumers. Visit thelandconnection.org and terrabrock man.com. Please be one. mindfulmetropolis.com/citizen Fall Events November 2nd CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE 899 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago 5:30-7:30pm December 7th IN FINE SPIRITS 5418-5420 N. Clark St., Chicago 5:30-7:30pm Come pick up the new issue and engage with other mindful readers over a cocktail and snack while experiencing the ambiance of a different venue each month! MINDFULMETROPOLIS.COM 31

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