Parsnip Fries with Lamb's Quarter Pesto: Parsnips are beautiful in all their simplicity and also delicious all by themselves made into fries. Serve them with a bowl of pesto and you've got yourself one stunning side dish (or snack), pleasing to both the eye and palate. I didn't realize pesto could be made with herbs other than basil until my friend Karen introduced me to this delightful, in-season variety made with lambs quarter and Swiss (or rainbow) chard.
The secret to awesome oven fries is presoaking them in salted water, which makes the potatoes release a bunch of their moisture before cooking. This ensures they will crisp up without having to risk burning them. >> Must try this!