In the Kitchen today…

What: Roasted Winter Vegetables Where: Barefoot Contessa Family Style Who: Ina Garten This was fabulous. Nothing profound here, at all. Just humble root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, and butternut squash) glorified by heat and fat and salt. I had a friend over when these came out of the oven, and she was just snatching them [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Asparagus and Lemon Risotto Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters I forgot to photograph this cozy dish when I pulled it off the stove because I was about to feed a few hungry men and there was no time for pictures! The above photo was taken the next day and the [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Grapefruit and Avocado Salad Where: The Art of Cooking Who: Alice Waters Lusciously fresh, tart, and creamy, this salad is simply a pleasure. And a decadence! As I was eating it, I was suddenly very aware that many people, past and present, in many countries of this world would truly hunger and thirst for a single [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Green Pea and Asparagus Ragout Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters I love this. And you may love this too, if you love peas. If you don't love peas, you might as well move along. But if you do love peas, but you don't love asparagus, this is a fantastic way to [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Coleslaw Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This coleslaw is fresh and lovely in its simplicity, and simplicity of course is Waters' specialty. There are some wonderful Variations (additions) for this recipe: apple, parsley, celery root, jalepeño or serrano, lime juice, cilantro, or mayonnaise (or a combination).  Here, I added the [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Moroccan Carrot Salad with Ginger Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This salad is intensely spicy, both in flavor from the cumin and coriander, and in heat from the cayenne and fresh ginger. There is also a hint of bitter from the spices. Next time, I will either lower the measurement [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]