Alice Waters is an American chef and co-owner of Chez Panisse, the original “California Cuisine” restaurant in Berkeley, California, as well as the informal Café Fanny in West Berkeley. A champion of locally-grown and fresh ingredients, she has been credited with creating and developing California Cuisine and has written or co-written several books on the subject, including the influential Chez Panisse Cooking (written with then-chef Paul Bertolli). She has also promoted organic and small farm products heavily in her restaurants, […]
Categories: American cuisine, autumn, cooking, food, food photography, Gluten-Free • Tags: Alice Waters, American cuisine, autumn, bacon, cod, food photography, gluten-free, heirloom beans, Rancho Gordo, recipe
Roasted Cauliflower “Bruschetta”, Spanish Chorizo Roasted cauliflower “bruschetta”: roasted cauliflower (cauliflower, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil), seasoned with fish sauce, lime juice, cayenne pepper and cilantro, over fried Italian bread. Smoked Bacon, White Peaches, Chard The chard was briefly wilted in bacon drippings and dressed with a few drops of sherry vinegar. Watermelon, Thyme, Olive Oil This is a play on tomato bruschetta. In addition to the thyme and olive oil, the watermelon was seasoned with sea salt and […]
Quiche is many things — an easy dinner (if you use store-bought pie crust), a light meal, or a way to use up leftovers without too much effort expended. At it’s most basic, it’s just eggs with a little milk or cream whisked in, with any kind of grated cheese you desire. You can add your choice of vegetables, meat or seafood and it will be delicious. It’s also forgiving. There is a nearly infinite variety of quiche in the […]
Sorry for the break in blogging — I have a houseguest which has sort of cut into updates. Regular posts will commence after Tuesday. In the meantime, this was part of tonight’s dinner. Have a good weekend.
I’m working on a post that talks about being “normal”. A little food for thought, maybe, especially this month when we celebrate what it means to be proud. In the meantime, here’s part of what was for dinner last night: Baby mesclun salad, with smoked shoulder bacon, edible flowers and Japanese turnips Like so much of my cooking, there isn’t really a recipe for this. It was just something I threw together at the last minute. The turnips were simmered […]
Dad died when I was three years old, from adult-onset diabetes. Drinking well over six cans of soda a day will do that to just about anybody. As a result, Mom had a knee-jerk reaction and essentially banned sugar from my childhood. Cake, ice cream, candy? All those were forbidden fruit that I didn’t have much of, until I became a teenager. Although I rebelled when I got older, now that I think about it, my deprivation saved my life. […]
Categories: American cuisine, cooking, food, food photography, Gluten-Free, recipe, spring, Union Square Greenmarket • Tags: bacon, cooking, food photography, gluten-free, kale, low carb, Michael Moss, Michael Pollan, spring, Union Square Greenmarket
I’m quite reluctant to give bacon another 15 minutes of fame. That “meme” has lived out its usefulness, wouldn’t you agree? And yet, it goes so well with so many things, especially if you use it more as a flavoring than as a main event. One of the best (and simplest) of meals in my opinion is leeks fried in bacon drippings, along with a couple of slices of crispy bacon and a poached egg. Or this appetizer — which […]
Bacon, sucrine lettuce and slow-roasted Campari cherry tomato sandwich, with Dijon-herb aioli on toasted sourdough bread Click here to view a high-resolution version of this picture. This is an adaptation (with minor tweaks) of Ashley’s sandwich recipe found here. You owe it to yourself to make this sandwich as soon as you can. It’s seriously delicious. PS. Her foodblog is just as awesome.