Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Forging for Food

I recently was watching Anthony Bourdain's travel/food show, Parts Unknown. I was moved by the show on Copenhagen. Bourdain introduces us to NOMA the "best" restaurant in the world and the chef behind it.

I was taken in with chef Rene Redzepi's food philosophy. While I joke all the time that I'm forging for food as I go from grocery store to grocery store trying to source ingredients, I've never thought about really forging for my food until Redzepi puts it in action. The presentation of the food was amazing with the different colors and textures.

If you have a chance it is worth watching this episode. You will look at your environment differently. Here's a little taste:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

No Cook Sides for Summer Dinners

It is hot outside. The idea of standing over a stove in a sweltering kitchen is not appealing. At least not to me anyway. I've a feeling that I'm not the only one who feels this way during the summer.

I'm always on the hunt for healthy and easy side dishes. Summer is no exception. It is easy to get into a rut sticking to grilled/streamed veg, lettuce salads, potatoes, etc. I try not to fall into the food rut, but I often fall into a side dish rut unfortunately. 

My go-to magazine, Real Simple, to the rescue with some wonderful no cook side dishes.  I'll be happily working my way through all ten of them over the summer. So far I have made three dishes with great success:

Tomatoes with Dill, Capers, and Onion - This is a fresh salad with complex favors. It looks and tastes fantastic.

Corn Salad with Cheddar and Tomato - As the field fresh corn hits the produce stands, this is a perfect recipe. I used Dubinler cheese for the cheddar with success.

Bocconcini with Apricot, Mint, and Almond Sauce - A very light and delicate salad. The favors are mild with a sweetness.

I could just make a meal just out of these salads. Forget the meat. I can see a table full of these colorful salads. They are lovely for weekday family meals as well as weekend meals with company.

Need more summer side dishes? Check out here.