Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: Ginger

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We were vividly reminded this week of ginger's tonic properties when, suffering from this damnable flu, we followed folk advice and chewed candied ginger. Miraculously, nearly all nausea disappeared. We were impressed.

Ginger belongs in this last slog of winter; it's warming and healing, and there's something in its aroma that promises brighter days. It pairs naturally with citrus, and we love its spicy sweetness in all sorts of winter dishes.

Starting right here, ginger is the secret ingredient in our recipe for Chicken Thighs in Balsamic Vinegar - way too easy for the delicious result it invariably gives. You can also try our Spiked Lemon Ginger Sorbet or Steamed Pork and Cabbage Dumplings. Our Mini Molasses Cookies with Lemon Filling also take a heaping spoonful of ginger.

Elsewhere, Ginger Tea is a good curative. This Ginger Chicken Stir Fry uses whole matchsticks of ginger for spicy fragrance; here's a Kale Ginger Stir Fry for the vegetarians.

We're big fans of gingerbread in all forms, but we especially like Nigella's Fresh Gingerbread with Lemon Icing. She also does good things with her Chocolate Gingerbread and Seared Salmon with Ginger.

Are you eating ginger this time of year? If so, what do you do with it? We're pondering a pairing of sweet potatoes and ginger - we'll get back to you on that...

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.