A Salad for Salad Haters: Radicchio with Anchovy Dressing

Thanksgiving's over and holiday parties are getting started. With all that heavy food (not to mention the cocktails), even those who are not the biggest salad fans need to try to sneak in a vegetable or two. Not saying I hate salad personally, just that I'd rather eat stuffing than salad. I might rather eat stuffing than about anything, though. For those who share my preferences, this is the go-to salad. Strong flavors from the anchovy, the garlic, and the bitter radicchio punch you in the palate like a prizefighter. The wallop makes up for the fact that you're eating rabbit food. The … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Suppers: Broccoli and Bagna Cauda

Nobody ever believes me when I tell them the rain doesn't start until my birthday (October 7th). Summer ends at Labor Day, they insist. Nope, it's not true. As the center of the universe--or, my universe, anyway--summer doesn't end until I turn another year older. So until that happens, I will continue to make the kind of simple summer suppers that are easily eaten outdoors, even if it's getting dark at before dinner time. I'll let the green in my vegetables, the yellow in my egg yolks, the bright flavors in my olive oil, light up the night. One of the cardinal rules of a summer … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Bread

A flat bread made out of Romesco cauliflower struck me as really cool. It struck my mother as something a starving peasant would do during the Thirty Years' War. That's the difference between us, I suppose. Inspired by something I found on Pinterest, which, by the way, I'm obsessed with, I set out to create my own version of Cauliflower Bread. It turns out to be is a lovely snack or side dish. The first thing that struck me was that it would make an excellent gluten-free Thanksgiving side dish--I can imagine it only gets better when dipped in gravy or cranberry sauce. If you happen to be … [Read more...]

Crispy, Crunchy, Balls of Spring

Radishes, of course! They are wonderful. One of the few culinary tips passed on to me by my mother, each spring our fridge would always contain a bowl full of crisp clean water with radishes, trimmed and ready to eat, happily bobbing up and down in the water. I don't know the scientific reasons behind refrigerating them in this manner, but I do know when you open the fridge for a snack in spring time and you see these beautiful, bright red spheres bouncing about, there is no way to resist. Biting in to a crispy radish, the satisfying crunch, the spiciness of the flavor giving a little bite … [Read more...]