This is a showstopper salad with an absolutely irresistible dressing. Your guests will be licking their plates. It has a bacon quality because of the hazelnut oil and smoked maple syrup and a tiny kick of heat from the hot vinegar but plenty of sweetness to balance the bitterness of the chicory. Make this in the winter and early spring when chicory is bursting at the farmers markets.
Caramelized onions, toasted cumin and a cinnamon stick add layers of flavor and complexity to something we normally view as just a carb canvas for other food. You'll never make basmati rice another way.
Our southwestern riff on the 3 sisters includes the True Red Cranberry Bean.This rare heirloom had been used by Abnaki Indians centuries ago but became extinct shortly thereafter. Thankfully seed savors revived it but now it is only grown by a handful of farmers.