I get that. Not many people, when asked “What would you like for dinner?,” respond “I don’t care, as long as it has celery.” But maybe that should change. Celery is a vegetable whose time has come. It is more — far more — than a mere garnish for a Bloody Mary or a convenient conveyance for hummus. It is just begging to be used in vibrant and exciting ways. And I don’t mean stuffing it with peanut butter. Not that there is anything wrong with celery with peanut butter. I think we can all agree that celery with peanut butter is the best possible way to eat celery, and maybe peanut butter. It is culinary perfection. But it is my happy duty to look for other applications of celery that are (nearly) just as stunning, and I found some truly great ones. Take, for instance, Celery, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Salad. Already, that sounds better than an ordinary celery dish, right? It gets better: The hazelnuts are toasted and then glazed with butter, maple syrup and just a pinch of heat from cayenne pepper. Chopped dates — or dried cranberries or cherries — add a pop of chewy sweetness, and the dressing is a simple mixture of olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. But all of these accouterm...