|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!
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!
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!