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Friday 5 – What to do with spring vegetables

29 May

By Chris Garbutt

It’s been a while, but I thought it was time for another Friday 5. Vegetables are finally fresh again! So let’s look at five links on what to do with them:

1. Radishes. Radish, Boursin & Chive Tartines.

2. Spinach. Italian Sausage & Spinach Pasta.

3. Asparagus. Well, you can make Chicken, Feta and Asparagus Salad for yourself. Or maybe an Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta. Of course, you can eat it on its own, but can you eat it with your fingers? Forget all that, just grill it already!

4. Scallions. Make pancakes! Yummy!

5. If you can find some really really fresh peas (I might be pushing this one in Toronto right now), try this one.

Oh, all right…

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a big fan of rhubarb. But it is a classic spring vegetable, so enjoy. Just don’t ask me over:

Rhubarb Soup

Orange-Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Cobbler – I think this would be amazing with any fruit, by the way. If you substitute, please ask me over.

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Monday Review: How To Cook Everything – 55 Recipe Cards

28 Jul

How To Cook Everything – 55 Recipe Cards

by Mark Bittman

By Stephanie Dickison

Usually, if you’ve been cooking for awhile, the books and cards about the basics go to the wayside as the piles of large coffee table books amass on niche topics like carpaccio, bone marrow and vegetable terrines.

But there is a reason why we also go back to the basics – because they are simple, comforting and oh-so-good.

Mark Bittman has compiled 55 recipe cards that come in a bright lemon box, complete with dividers. The cards are cleanly designed and easy to read, which makes them much more accessible than the ones that are in a small italic, serif font that are yellowing on my bookshelf.

The dividers are easy to see and read:

Salads, Side Dishes and Soups

Pasta, Grains and Beans

Fish and Seafood

Poultry and Meat

Desserts and Quick Breads

And the recipes within are really all you need to make good food all week long.

There’s the comfort of a simple Vinaigrette, Chicken Soup with Rice or Noodles and Classic American Potato Salad. There are also those dishes that are great ones to master like Simple Roast Chicken, Classic Meat Loaf and Pot Roast.

For a girl like me, who finds cooking a breeze, but baking perplexing, I am grateful for the uber simple (and fast!) dessert recipes like Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, Quick Coffee Cake and Corn Bread.

There’s nothing wrong with branching out and trying new things, but I promise you – you’ll always come back to the oldies and goodies.

And now they are completely accessible and readable in a convenient yellow box.

I put mine right next to the stove, right where it belongs.