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Remember the rosemary
The ancient Greeks believed rosemary could strengthen memory and so braided it into their hair prior to exams. Known to this day as the "herb of remembrance," rosemary has been placed upon the graves of heroes and carried by wedding couples as a sign of love and fidelity. Rosemary has a distinguishing pine-woody aroma, owns a note reminiscent of camphor, and lends a fresh, bittersweet flavor that complements a variety of dishes, from the savory to the sweet.

Ingredients (serves 4)
4 cups sweet potato and butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons DHC Núñez de Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch fresh spinach, washed with stems removed (or one 9-ounce package of frozen spinach)
8 ounces bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, then cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

Dressing
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. Dressing: In a bowl, whisk together the cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. When the sugar has dissolved, whisk in the olive oil and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

3. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato and butternut squash cubes, rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper until all cubes are coated. Spread the mixture evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until tender. Set aside.

4. Toss the spinach with some of the dressing and place in a serving bowl.

5. Toss the warm sweet potato and butternut squash cubes, bacon, and red onion with some of the dressing and arrange over the spinach. Serve the extra dressing on the side.

Spinach salad

Spinach salad
Even with a large spoon, digging the seeds and strings from winter squash can be laborious. Use an ice cream scoop to quickly and easily remove seeds and strings without damaging the flesh of the fruit.
All herbs should be carefully washed and dried before use. Remove leaves from and discard the stem. When chopping herbs, use a sharp knife in order to cut, not smash, the herbs. Smashing them releases all their flavorful juices prematurely, only to be left behind on the cutting board. Further, don't chop herbs too evenly. Leaving some cuttings larger than others creates an appealing visual texture and, more important, the bigger flakes burst with flavor when you bite into them while the smaller pieces subtly infuse the dish.