In the Kitchen today…

What: Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This saffron-infused salad is enjoyably intriguing.  Every taste is accounted for: sweet, salty, sour, savory, spicy, and even floral. Waters gives two ways to make it: one where the ingredients are simply tossed over freshly-baked sweet potatoes, and one where the saffron and ginger get [...]

February Cookbook Review: The Art of Simple Food

I am so loathe to part with cooking from this anthology daily, I may just carry it through as an addition to March's featured cookbook. It has captured my heart, and I have a hankering to work through it until I know it. As it is, I have only scratched the surface. Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Winter Fruit Compote Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This was surprisingly wonderful. A host of dried fruits (golden raisins, cherries, apricots, apples, and currants) are reconstituted in fresh-squeezed orange juice, vanilla bean seeds, star anise, and orange zest strips until plump. And it only takes 5 minutes. This is by [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Oatmeal Currant Cookies Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters Waters says that these cookies are made crisp by "the mixing together of baking soda and boiling water before adding them to the batter." However, because I used Super Sweet blend (1 Tablespoon) + 1 Tablespoon molasses instead of granulated and dark brown [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Onion Tart Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters The onion tart is the perfect example of Alice Waters' philosophy. In her introduction to her cookbook, she says, "Let things taste of what they are." This, together with her love of organic, local ingredients and her support of family cooking and family meals, is what [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Jicama Salad with Orange and Cilantro Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters Wonderfully refreshing and crisp, with intermittent bursts of sweet, this salad is a winner.  It's accompaniments are brilliant: cilantro, paprika (or ancho chile powder), lime, salt, and olive oil. I imagine that smoked paprika would be an excellent choice as [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: White Bean and Butternut Squash Soup Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This is soup is just plain pleasing. It has a good depth of flavor from the sage, bay, and onions, and a wonderful mild sweetness from the squash. The beans fill the corners nicely. Just before serving, I added [...]