In the Kitchen today & Hysa House Pie Dough

What: Blueberry Pie Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This really needs no fanfare. It's its own parade. Waters calls for 6 cups of blueberries; I used frozen wild blueberries (I did not defrost them before mixing them together with the other filling ingredients). Wild blueberries are smaller in size, more "blue" in [...]

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: Saffron Rice, p.100 Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters The preparation for this dish is truly simple. But the flavor yield is greater than the sum of its parts. Gently exotic and complex, this rice pairs beautifully with the Chicken Legs Braised with Tomatoes, Onions, and Garlic. And, as is true [...]

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: Chicken Legs Braised with Tomatoes, Onions, and Garlic Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This dish is like a mom hug. It's like climbing into your own bed after two weeks on the road. It's like sweatpants-cum-novel by the fire.  Chicken legs braised with tomatoes, onions, and garlic does not sound like [...]

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 [...]