When on holiday I always like to come home with something reminiscent of my trip: an artifact, a sculpture, some pottery, a blanket. Something. This time I came home with the idea to reproduce these delicious roasted shallots. That's something. Not exactly worthy of a place on the mantel, but definitely worthy of a place at the table.
My father-in-law used to make two dishes especially for me whenever I came to visit. I'm sure he also made them for others in the family, but he always made a point of having them ready and available when I arrived.
We started by roasting the vegetables to get a deeper, more intense flavor - and as a way to entice a two year old to participate. She thought it was great fun, and the resulting soup was hearty and delicious!
Cauliflower often beloved in it's purest form is the great chameleon, taking on the attributes of foods around it: adding texture and absorbing flavors without imposing it's own strong characteristics. Once again we have cauliflower subbing in ... this time for carb heavy potatoes.
Summer brings one salad after another, many nameless but all delicious and fresh and seasonal. Everything seems to work and the combinations abound. Occasionally I pine for a classic: this summer I seem to be volleying between traditional Greek and improvised Nicoise ...
I started roasting beets at home after working in a restaurant where having roasted beets were a staple. They were used often as one of the components to the many appetizer selections; adding color and texture and sweetness.
Spaghetti Squash = Nature's Noodles.
A wonderful alternative to flour laden pasta, especially if you are gluten-free, following a Paleo lifestyle, are trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, or are looking for food alternatives during the [long] week of Passover!!
I don't think you can go wrong with these ...