Friday, September 28, 2012

FFWD ~ Endives, Apples and Grapes

Endives, Apples and Grapes
On the road again! You know how that old song goes. It definitely reflects my life this past month. Our anniversary in NYC, a visit to our daughters family on Long Island, another visit with girlfriends into NYC to see the Katie Couric show, and now a visit to our son and his family in Atlanta.  Every October we head south to visit our son and his family. This visit will include kid sitting, while my son and daughter-in-law vacation in Europe for a week.  It’s my daughter-in laws first visit; and I know she will so enjoy herself. We get our grandsons all to ourselves for the week. Football games, baseball games, religion class and just plain old hanging out with them! Learning more about their likes, their friends and their lives.
Last week I missed my FFWD recipe because, I just couldn’t get it done with all the activities going on in my life.  This week however, knowing that we would be on the road Wednesday and Thursday, I made my Endive, Apples and Grapes on Tuesday for my lunch. I already knew my husband would not be partaking of this dish. After all these years, you just know things!
Since I’m a vegetable lover, I knew I would enjoy this one.  Endives sliced in half, apples quartered, and a few small clusters of grapes…all sautéed in salted butter.  Twenty minutes on one side, until nicely caramelized, then turn over and cook for another 20 minutes.  The ease of this dish made it possible to pack, do laundry, clean out the fridge and still have a delicious lunch! I am looking forward to trying Dories’ Bonne Idée, with wedges of pumpkin or squash. She suggests warm maple syrup drizzled over the top with some toasted pecans. YUM!!
I really enjoyed this dish and I know I will be making it again. I also know it’s something I would not have tried if it wasn’t for Dorie! Happy Friday everyone!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” and you can also find it here.  To see what my fellow Doristas are doing check it out here.


Loved this dish…would really like to try it with the pumpkin or squash

23 comments:

  1. Looks good! I made it with squash and it was yummy!

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  2. Sometimes its just so hard to keep up with Dorie but this was certainly one worth the effort. I went so fast with this I didn't even read the Bonne Idea but yes, squash would be good...especially with my beloved rosemary as the herb. Great job!

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  3. Caramelized vegetables and fruits are definitely a favorite of mine. They look so golden Kathy, just wonderful! Have a great time this week!

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  4. They look perfectly done my friend, beautiful job :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Your dish looks great as do the sound of your travels!

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  6. Kathy, what a very lovely job with the apples, endives and grapes! It sounds like you are going to have such a wonderful time with your grand-children - I am sure that your son and daughter-in-law will enjoy their trip to EU, no matter which country did they chose.
    We really liked this dish as well - wasn´t it a lovely recipe?!

    Have a good time!

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  7. Lovely pictures. Your dish looks delicious:) This one was a favorite of mine - especially the grapes. Have a great time with your grand kids:)

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  8. This is totally new for me.. never heard of or had endive.. going to have to see what I have been missing since it looks picture perfect!

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  9. Lovely pictures! I have to get myself one of those cast iron skillets pronto!!! The grapes were amazing weren't they? Have a great time with your family!!!!

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  10. Hi Kathy, so nice for you to spend time with your family...your children, and grandchildren. I can imagine the fun you had with them; as for me, its a 'daily' thing, and I do sleepovers on the weekend at their house sometimes.

    I love your simple creativity with the endives, apples, and grapes, which I would use it as a nice side dish with roasted chicken. I think the slight bitter taste of the endives, paired with the sweet grapes and apples tasted so perfect and really delicious:)

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  11. We really enjoyed this recipe and I can't wait to try it with the squash. It's amazing some of the combinations of ingredients
    that Dorie uses and they all seem to work. Enjoy your time with the grandchildren, and I hope your son and daughter-in-law
    enjoy their trip. So exciting. Have a good week.

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  12. Wow, looks really good!!!! And different from anything I had tried before!!! yummmm

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  13. I wouldn't have tried this one either if not for FFwD. And, I liked it! Have a great trip, Kathy! Enjoy your grandchildren. So nice to have them to yourselves!

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  14. Great planning getting in your post among your travels! Enjoy the visits!

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  15. I'd definitely enjoy this one, we don't find much endives here though, and if I do, this simple recipe is something I would love to try... Have a safe trip!

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  16. Oh Kathy I'm so excited for your visit with your grand children. How wonderful!!! I was just visiting with mine on Facetime last night. Oh how I miss them. Enjoy each and every moment together!!!

    And thank you for preparing such deliciousness before you go. It sure looks good!

    Thank you so much for sharing...Have FUN!!!

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  17. Wow! It sounds like you are on the run, for sure.
    Beautifully done & enjoy those grandkids.

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  18. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with everything Kathy. I've given up and just do what works. Sounds like you've been busy with fun stuff! Having the grand kids to yourself is the nest!

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  19. I am sure you will have a wonderful time with your grandchildren Kathy! These vegetables look seriously appetizing!

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  20. Glad you enjoyed. I think I could have predicted your hubby would not have like this...and I know you knew mine wouldn't either!!! Have fun with your grandchildren~

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  21. Sounds like you are going to have so much fun with the grandkids and what an opportunity for their parents! They are very lucky to have you!!!
    Your dish looks great!

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  22. If you liked the endives (as you seemed to), I can see the idea of adding maple and pecans as great! In fact, it makes me want to give this another shot, but I just cant get past the bitter endive... great job!

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  23. I also would not have tried this recipe if not for Dorie! Yours looks delicious!

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