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.
At some point it's time to gather all those Post-It's stuck to the inside of cupboards, the hand written notes jammed hastily into drawers, the binders exploding with recipes past, organize and begin sharing the best of them.
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!
A week ago we were complaining that the air conditioner no longer worked. This morning I was hunting for scarves and sweaters and autumn-weather coats. A beautiful time of year, with the leaves beginning to change and explosions of yellow and orange and red debris blowing up from street's edges in accordance with the ever changing wind.
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 ...
Do you remember when we were told to eat only colorful foods? Eliminate the bland from your plate: consume vegetables and fruit that are green, red, blue, orange. We walked the produce isles looking for health and vibrance, ignoring the scorned white cauliflower.
Our July 4th this year was officially July 5th. Since some of us had to work on Friday and the holiday landed on a Thursday we decided to push it a day -- that, and the fact that all of us were actually born in other countries so we were just happy to get together, no matter what the day!
My family loves Hanger Steak. It's one of the most delicious, tender and forgiving cuts of beef. Every once in a while I try different cuts, but inevitably, if I ask for requests, they most often ask for "hanger steak".