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15
Aug

PASTA WITH ZUCCHINI, LEMON AND MINT

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USUALLY WHEN I COOK ZUCCHINI FOR PASTA, I BROWN IT IN OLIVE OIL, ADD GARLIC AND CHERRY TOMATOES AND TOSS IT WITH THE PASTA. HERE, THIN RIBBONS OF ZUCCHINI ARE MORE RAW THAN COOKED, TOSSED IN BUTTER, OLIVE OIL AND LEMON.

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Categories : BLOG,MEAL OF THE WEEK,PASTA AND RICE,RECENT RECIPES,VEGETABLES
22
Jul

FRENCH POTATO SALAD

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EVERYBODY’S GOT A RECIPE FOR POTATO SALAD.  SOME LIKE IT MIXED WITH MAYONNAISE OR TOSSED WITH ONIONS, RELISH OR CHOPPED PICKLES.  MY FAVORITE IS FRENCH POTATO SALAD OR A VERSION THEREOF.  NO MATTER THE VARIATION, THE ONE COMMON TECHNIQUE IS TO COOL OFF THE BOILED POTATO SLICES WITH COLD WHITE WINE, WHICH IS ABSORBED, LENDING […]

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Categories : MEAL OF THE WEEK,RECENT RECIPES,SALADS,VEGETABLES
16
Oct

RATATOUILLE

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I FIRST LEARNED TO MAKE THIS PROVENÇAL CLASSIC FROM JULIA CHILD WHOSE RECIPE IS A VEGETABLE STEW, COMPOSED OF EGGPLANT, ZUCCHINI, RED PEPPERS, ONIONS, GARLIC, AND TOMATOES, WHICH ARE SALTED, DRIED, BROWNED AND LAYERED IN A CASSEROLE TO BE FINISHED IN THE OVEN. 

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Categories : MEAL OF THE WEEK,RECENT RECIPES,VEGETABLES
22
Sep

RATATOUILLE SALAD

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THIS DISH CAME ABOUT WHEN I DISCOVERED I DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH RADICCHIO FOR A SALAD, NOR PEPPERS FOR A SIDE DISH.  RADICCHIO, PARTICULARLY THE ENDIVE-SHAPED KIND CALLED TREVISO, MAKES A GREAT BITTER VEGETABLE SAUTEED IN OLIVE OIL AND GARLIC.  THE BELL PEPPERS AND CARAMELIZED ONIONS ADD SWEETNESS.  TOMATOES AND SPLASH OF VINEGAR ROUNDS OUT THE […]

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Categories : MEAL OF THE WEEK,SALADS,VEGETABLES
23
Oct

CALF’S LIVER WITH WINTER SQUASH

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THE WORLD IS DIVIDED INTO TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE:  THOSE WHO LOVE CALF’S LIVER AND THEMS THAT DON’T. CLEARLY, I’M IN THE FORMER CAMP.  IN FACT, I WILL STATE CATEGORICALLY THAT I LOVE ALL KINDS OF LIVER, INCLUDING CHICKEN, PORK, DUCK, GOOSE, AND MONKFISH.  BUT LET’S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES.

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Categories : MEAL OF THE WEEK,MEAT,VEGETABLES
20
Aug

VEGAN FEAST: AN ODE TO SARAH

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CALL IT A MOMENTARY LAPSE OR AN ODE TO MY NIECE SARAH, A VEGAN AND ALSO AN EXCELLENT COOK, BUT WITH SO MANY GREAT VEGETABLES AROUND AND DETERMINED TO DROP A FEW POUNDS BEFORE DEER SEASON, I PUT TOGETHER THIS MEATLESS MEAL. 

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Categories : MEAL OF THE WEEK,RECENT RECIPES,SALADS,VEGETABLES
08
Jul

GRILLED LEG OF LAMB WITH MUSTARD COATING

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I’VE BEEN MAKING VERSIONS OF THIS DISH FOR YEARS.  YOU GET YOUR BUTCHER TO DE-BONE A LEG OF LAMB, MARINATE IT AND EITHER GRILL IT OUTDOORS OR BROIL IT INDOORS.  MY PREFERENCE IS FOR THE FORMER, SINCE THE BLACKENED CRUNCHY EXTERIOR IS SUCH AN ATAVISTIC COMBO WITH THE RARE AND FLAVORFUL MEAT.  (MAKE SURE YOUR […]

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Categories : MEAL OF THE WEEK,MEAT,RECENT RECIPES,VEGETABLES
14
May

SKATE CHEEKS WITH SUGAR SNAP PEAS

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WHEN I SPOT SKATE OR HALIBUT CHEEKS AT MY FISHMONGER’S, I ALWAYS SNAP THEM UP.  THEY HAVE THE CONSISTENCY OF SCALLOPS AND THE SWEETNESS OF THE FISH.  YOU HAVE TO SAUTE THEM QUICKLY, SO THEY BROWN ON THE OUTSIDE BUT BARELY COOK THROUGH. 

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Categories : FISH,MEAL OF THE WEEK,VEGETABLES
27
Jan

RIB ROAST AND ROESTI POTATOES WITH CREAMED LEEKS

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THE FIRST CHRISTMAS WE BROUGHT SOPHIE TO NEW YORK, SHE WAS ALMOST A YEAR OLD.  MY MOTHER CALLED TO TELL ME, “I BOUGHT YOU A ROAST BEEF FOR CHRISTMAS.  IT COST EIGHTY-SIX DOLLARS AND FORTY-NINE CENTS AND YOU’RE GOING TO COOK IT.” 

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Categories : MEAT,VEGETABLES
10
Jan

ROESTI POTATOES WITH CREAMED LEEKS

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ROESTI POTATOES IS A POTATO CAKE WHICH YOU COOK ON TOP OF THE STOVE IN A CAST IRON PAN, FLIP AND BROWN THE OTHER SIDE.  THIS VERSION IS A BIT MORE LUXURIOUS. 

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Categories : PASTA AND RICE,VEGETABLES