Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Salad~My Paris Kitchen~CookTheBookFridays


The wonderful Winter Salad from My Paris Kitchen

Little did I know, that less than a year after my NYC visit to the DeGustibus School, for a demonstration by David Lebovitz with several of my Dorista friends, I would start cooking through his amazing new cookbook, "A Paris Kitchen".  The group is called CookTheBookFridays, and today is our inaugural post. We will be posting twice a month.  For the first time since our French Fridays ended, our group of Doristas will be cooking together again! 
                                                                                
Loved this salad...the blue cheese went so well with the pear.

Our first pick is for David's Winter Salad. Wonderfully easy, and quite elegant! This is a terrific salad! David calls for Belgian endive however; my grocery store did not cooperate. They certainly had endive, but it was the saddest looking endive I've ever seen. I made a few executive decisions, starting with a different winter green. I chose a mix of butter lettuce, which looked quite healthy. David suggested some variations that also worked for me. I added a pear and some pecans. The dressing was a mix of Blue Cheese (my store didn't have Roquefort), Greek yogurt, fresh chives, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. A great salad to enjoy anytime! I certainly did! 


A lovely salad for a winter day...enjoy!
Here's a funny little story about our trip to Manhattan. I met Cher, early in the day in NYC. Tricia and Nana would be meeting us around four at Macy's. I was a bit hungry, so we stopped at a Starbucks to enjoy a quick snack, and take a slow stroll to our meet-up with Tricia and Nana. When we finally met them, we decided we should eat some dinner before we went into the demonstration. Unfortunately, we ate a bit hardy! When we left for the demo, we were all quite full. As we stood in line, people were excitedly talking about David, and what he would be cooking. How cool...we could actually watch David prepare a few of his dishes. When they finally let us in, we realized they had tables set up for us to eat. We were all so full, but we're talking David Lebovitz's food! The wine flowed with each course! We started out with Fig and Black Olive Tapenade, delicious! More wine...sure! Merguez Meatballs with Harissa Mayo...wonderful! Just a little more wine...OK! Parisian Gnocchi with Béchamel...oh wow! I think I'll pass on the wine...well maybe just a tad more! That wasn't even the main course! Are you ready for Chicken with Mustard served with Green Beans with Garlic Butter? I couldn't eat another bite..Could I?  Then came the dessert. How could you not eat the Chocolate-Caramel Mousse, which was totally amazing! A great night was had by all, and I am sure, we all skipped our lunch the next day! Happy Friday everyone!! It's been too long!


Here we are after eating that wonderful meal and getting our books signed...joy!
This post participates with CookTheBookFridays, as we cook through David Lebovitz's new cookbook, "My Paris Kitchen". We will not be posting the recipes, unless they have been previously posted, and then I will leave a link.  Do yourself a favor and buy this wonderful cookbook. You will not regret it!! You might even want to join us in the cooking fun! Check out all our posts on CookTheBookFridays!







20 comments:

  1. Your salad looks so delicious, even without the endive! I'm so happy that we will be cooking together again!

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  2. I will be making this recipe again with all sorts of different leaves I think - such a great dressing! Fun cooking with you again!

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  3. I'm so thrilled to be cooking with you again, Kathy! I've really missed our group. I like the changes you made to the salad. Isn't that what we learned through our FFWD adventure, the confidence to make each recipe our own? I forgot about your David Lebovitz meetup. Who knew it would be a precursor to our next adventure.

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  4. Oh Kathy! It is so good to see you again! I know you've been here but I seem to need the structure of the group if I'm to get anything done. Your salad looks delicious by the way:)

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  5. Oh, Kathy, I have never heard that story although Cher did reference it when we were in Hyde Park together. I remember your Lebovitz adventure and I admit to feeling a bit envious. I am so pleased to be cooking with you and many other Doristas again. This is such a delightful book and I've only mastered the Poulet à la Moutarde since buying it lqst yeqr. I'm a blue cheese lover and since I made enough dressing to feed a football team, I will be making the salad a time or two this week just to experiment with the variations. So glad to be back together again.

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  6. A lovely winter salad! I am going to make one too for the lunch. Glad to see you back, Kathy.

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  7. LOL, love your food story on the Manhattan trip! I am so glad FFs are back, and I am having fun with my FF cooking friends again.

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  8. I totally forgot about your visit with Cher, et al, and seeing David Lebovitz and I love your story about all the food and wine! What a fabulous time you all must have had. Kathy, it's so so great to see your gorgeous photos when cooking together again. Hugs and thanks for joining in!

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  9. I love that story! So worth skipping lunch the next day, I'm sure. I'm glad we're all going to be working through this book together.

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  10. What a wonderful experience! I have been cooking my way through My Paris Kitchen for a year. I have made that winter salad and it is a beauty. You don't often crave salads in the winter but I do crave this one. Your photos remind me it is time to make it again.

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  11. Oh my gosh, I don't think I have ever been as full as I was that night. Ever. Thank goodness there was plenty of wine to wash it all down. I think I blocked that part out of my memory :-)
    I am so happy to be cooking with you again and looking forward to our next meetup - whenever and wherever that may be. XO

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    1. P.S. I still have my squid ink from Eataly. Next time I have a day off, I will make that squid ink pasta! (Eventually...)

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  12. It looks really good Kathy - I do like pears in almost anything.

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  13. Hi Kathy, so nice to hear from you. Thanks for thinking of me and inviting me to the group. I will keep the group in mind for the future. I am struggling to keep up with TWD and since I haven't finished Around My French Table I don't think I should buy a new book. I do miss all my French Friday ladies so I will try and participate at some point.

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  14. Hi Kathy:)
    First of all, that salad is just perfect for a Winter evening. The pears at the grocery store are still looking good. I'm not sure about the Endive though. Looks like you winged it just fine!

    I can't believe that story. I would have made sure I stuffed myself no matter what! I mean, it's David Lebovitz after all, lol...

    I'm so glad to see you're joining another Dorista event. I'm sure everyone is so excited! Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...

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  15. Since it has Greek yogurt it is a favorite before even try it! Beautiful salad exactly what I would love to eat right now!

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  16. The salad looks delicious Kathy. I am certainly happy you found another cookbook to cook from! I loved The Sweet Life in Paris and have made and enjoyed a number of his online recipes.

    Your story is too funny. It is totally the type of thing I could see happening to me (including the not-eating the next day). At least mousse for the last temptation is light!

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  17. This salad looks so enticing ♥

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  18. Ah the pear and pecans are such a great idea!

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