So on to the book. The one recipe I make over and over is her Italian Wedding Soup, which we all love. There are others I have made with great success. But short of having a dinner party every week, doing an entire menu from a chef is getting fattening! So we decided we were making the ultimate Autumn salad. A perfect light dinner, and a recipe that really embraces her philosophy. It doesn't have to be fussy. But it should be done well. I made roast beef and fontina paninis with balsamic onion jam too, I mean a salad needs a little more sometimes.
|Roast Beef, Fontina and Balsamic Onion Jam|
The panini is my creation. The salad is all Ina. And it is delicious! The recipe that follows is my version. I left out the orange juice and orange zest, and I subbed dried cherries for the dried cranberries. I also added some romaine lettuce as the recipe calls for just arugula.
Cape Cod Chopped Salad
adapted from Ina Garten
4 oz. thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped
4 oz. baby arugula
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries
3 oz. blue cheese
|This mini cast iron fry pan toasts nuts beautifully!|
3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
salt and pepper
2/3 cup olive oil
|This battery operated blender gets used every day for homemade salad dressing.|
Cook the bacon as desired and cut into pieces. In a large bowl add the arugula and romaine and top with the bacon, blue cheese, dried cherries, and toasted walnuts. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small jar and emulsify the oil at the end. Toss with the dressing and serve.
Have you missed the previous chefs? 50 Chefs for 50 Years:
#1 Mom, and Steak In A Bag and Ambrosia Pie
#2 Chuck Williams (founder of Williams Sonoma) and Cheese Souffle and Chuck's Zucchini
#3 Dinah Shore, and Corn Crab Cakes with Jalepeño Tartar Sauce
#4 Deborah Madison, and Summer Squash Tatines
#5 & 6 Eli and Max Sussman, and The Best Fall Dinner EVER!
Stay tuned. We have a long way to go until I turn 50! About 9 months......What are you waiting for? Get in there and cook!