Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

Minestrone soup

In most recommended, recipe on January 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

Alice Waters is the undisputed reigning queen of California cuisine (read: fresh, local, and seasonal). In fact, she’s pretty much the face of healthy eating everywhere. I swear I read her name in every article about Ways to Eat Now. Maybe there’s just an Alice Waters robot out there who provides quotes automatically and the real Alice Waters is actually off questing delicious produce.

I have been lucky enough to eat at her Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse (the cafe, though, not downstairs), and what sings through her cooking is that freshness. Everything has a zest to it, even when ingredients are prepared very simply.

For whatever reason, I’ve never really been drawn to her recipes in my own kitchen. Mad has her book The Art of Simple Food, and I’m going to blame the fact that the hardcover copy is just too darn pretty to cook with (I get nervous about pretty cookbooks. How will they look when they’ve had close encounters of the oil kind?!). But during cleanse week, I was looking to branch out, soup-wise, and came across her minestrone recipe.

Wow. Wow wow wow. I didn’t expect that it would be that good, especially when you are used to eating Campbell’s very tomato-y kind. This is a fresh, almost tangy minestrone.

Despite having consciously made a grocery list that same day, I didn’t have some of the ingredients she used, so I’m writing mine up with how I did it.

Minestrone soup
Adapted from Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food

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Black bean burger

In recipe on January 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

One of the best things about living in 2011 (as compared to 2001, let’s say) is the lack of email forwards and chain mail. Remember when every other email you received had pink sparkles and told you to send it on within 24 hours under pain of your crush finding out you liked him/her? Remember?!?!

So, blast from the past: I recently received an email chain letter for recipes, which I thought was worth the effort. The gig was you had to send on a recipe to the person listed in the email, add yourself to the second spot on the list and send on to your friends.

Looks like nobody else believes in chain letters anymore, because I have yet to receive a single recipe. I did, however, get one person (who shall remain nameless) who just responded to me instead of the name on the chain. She claims this is the “best freaking veggie burger of your life,” and I admit, it’s pretty freaking good.

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Sweet potato and black bean burrito

In recipe on November 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm

When I read some of my favorite cooking blogs, many of the writers I most admire frequently mention how they’re inspired by something fresh and beautiful at the farmer’s market, and then come home to create a seasonal, lovely dish.

I’m usually inspired to cook by what’s moldering in my fridge. Take the other week – I had a whole bag of sweet potatoes (the orange ones, and I always forget  if they are actually yams) that had been hanging out for I couldn’t remember how long. I had been roasting them, which is delicious but gets old fast. So I decided to stick them into a burrito.

Note: to cut the recipe time, it is totally possible to peel, cube and cook the sweet potato the day before. It will make your total cooking time a lot faster.

Sweet potato and black bean burritos

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Niçoise salad

In recipe on April 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

Niçoise salad

OH boy. Some weather goddess blessed us this weekend, took her a righteous sword of seasonal weather against the perils of global warming and favored the Bay Area with sunshine and blue skies, blossoms and baby birds, and all around loveliness.

It’s so… poetic. I hate poetry, and Middle English, but it reminds me of the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales (which I was forced to memorize and, along with early Britney Spears lyrics, have never forgotten).

Ahem. I digress. Spring is also a good time for food. Therefore it’s a great time for a Nicoise Salad. Easy, classy, fresh and just plain tasty, it is, in the immortal words of my salad-hating roommate, “The best kind of salad: no lettuce.” Read the rest of this entry »