November 6th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
If you’re a fan of TV cooking competitions, you know cheftestants sometimes do themselves in by going overboard with ingredients. Judges remind them to simplify their dishes and allow natural flavors to shine through.
Chef Michael Chiarello, a finalist on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and owner of Bottega Napa Valley, gets it. Simplicity trumps fussiness, and his food is clean and elegant. (Check out his recipes for Radicchio Salad and Home-Style Minestrone.)
As noted yesterday, the roasting process is ideal for winter squash, as the vegetable’s natural sugars caramelize as it cooks. Add some organic butter, salt and pepper, and you have an easy-to-prepare side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
Read More:Michael Chiarello’s Roasted Winter Squash
November 5th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
’Tis the season to buy winter squash at your local natural and organic food store or farmers’ market.
Whether you select the acorn, buttercup, butternut (above) or Hubbard variety, you’ll enjoy numerous health benefits, as well as a tasty entree or side dish.
Let’s review the four basic ways to get cooking.
This method is super-delicious because it caramelizes a squash’s natural sugars:
Read More:4 Simple Ways to Prepare Winter Squash
September 6th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Drinking organic wine: a pleasurable way to help protect your heart.
Cooking with organic wine: a quick way to add sophistication to any dish.
One of the easiest, but underutilized, ways to glaze meat, fish and seafood, salads and veggies, and desserts is to make a wine reduction sauce. As the name implies, you’re simmering wine over a low heat until it reduces by half and becomes syrupy:
Read More:Turn Organic Wine into an Elegant Sauce
August 6th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Crosshatched grill marks give food that professional-chef look.
So, how can you grill summer’s organic vegetables to perfection?
- Make sure your grill grate is clean. Pretreat it with a nonstick cooking spray. (Don’t spray a hot grill.)
- Purchase the right tools, including long-handled tongs and a grilling spatula. Tools should also be pretreated with nonstick cooking spray.
- While large chunks of bell pepper and sweet potato can be placed directly on the grill, smaller veggie cuts may require a grill basket so they don’t fall through the grate.
Tune in next week for a new grilled-veggie recipe: Warm Tomato and Cucumber Salad.
Read More:3 Tips for Perfectly Grilled Organic Veggies