Once upon a summer salad : Summer chopped salad

I meant to share this recipe last week. You remember last week when the sun was fierce and unrelenting and anything other than a t-shirt felt too hot and cumbersome. Then winter showed up. Now I’m in a sweatshirt and wool socks. This salad is the product of my favorite cooking strategy: opening the fridge…… Continue reading Once upon a summer salad : Summer chopped salad

We like what we like : Insalata di mare

Sometimes when I’m designing a menu for client, I’ll push them to try new things. At times, this is well-received, and other times, I’m meet with reticence or flat-out rejection. Working in catering has taught me that, generally speaking, people like what they like. Food possesses a strange, unique power to comfort, often through nostalgia,…… Continue reading We like what we like : Insalata di mare

A salad for winter + an Italian getaway : Winter citrus salad

Here’s a recipe for a winter citrus salad that I learned while working as a cook in Rome. It’s easily adaptable and chock full of delicious flavors. Thanks to Fox32 for hosting me this past week to demonstrate it + discuss the food tour I’ll be leading this May through Rome and southern Tuscany. Check…… Continue reading A salad for winter + an Italian getaway : Winter citrus salad

How to toss a salad : Simple green salad

I met Alice Waters for the first time in 2015 in the kitchen at the American Academy in Rome. At the time I was an intern at the Academy’s Rome Sustainable Food Project, which she started in 2007. She was in town to oversee the cooking for the Academy’s annual gala dinner. She’d just arrived…… Continue reading How to toss a salad : Simple green salad

How to Season : Salade niçoise

Generally speaking I don’t watch cooking shows. I find them mostly overproduced, tawdry and uninteresting. I miss the food programming of yore: striped down, informative and focused exclusively on teaching us about good cooking. Consider the joy of watching Jacques and Julia explain how to make the perfect soufflé. Of course there are always exceptions. I…… Continue reading How to Season : Salade niçoise