Escalivada of Roast Vegetables

When I first started reading about Catalan food, this is the dish that I kept seeing at the top of every “you must try this” dish. This easy and rustic dish is very satisfying. It works beautifully on its own, or as a pairing to a series of other dishes, or perhaps a platter of roast meats. I chose some of my favorite vegetables to roast, but, you can change up the vegetables by season. Perhaps some asparagus and summer squash in the warmer months. Or leeks in the winter? The best part, you can make this ahead and serve it chilled! This is an amazing quality for a dinner where you are preparing several dishes.

Crudité Platter

In comes Crudités! The harvest season seems a bit longer this year, due to the strange weather, so the farmer’s market is still awash with beautiful fall vegetables. I wanted to showcase their beauty and color. You can use any variety of veggies that you can get your hands on. Our platter had 2 varieties of radishes, green beans, Persian cucumbers, carrots, radicchio, baby bell peppers, asparagus, and some pistachios for crunch. We served our veggies with two sauces, a homemade aioli and homemade Caesar dressing.

Fresh Mozzarella with Blood Orange, Coriander and Mint

The caprese salad is a legend, I can rarely resist one on any menu, especially when it comes with mozzarella di buffalo or a heavenly burrata, but sometimes you want to branch out with your flavors! When I was in London in April, I HAD to go to NOPI, Yotam Ottolenghi’s beautiful restaurant. All of…

Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Ginger Dressing

The price of lettuce at the neighborhood grocery store has been getting more and more expensive! The last time I went, I ended up buying a cabbage head instead of lettuce because I couldn’t afford to pay $24 a pound for arugula.  I purchased it out of anger, I suppose, but now that I was…

Dal Makhani

Lentils and beans end up on my menus a lot. Such an inexpensive ingredient but creates a rich and powerful flavor. In the winters, I put them in stews, and in the summers they make wonderful salads. Dal seems to be a name that refers to a wide range of lentils, beans, and peas and…