This is my inaugural post for the new group Cook the Book Fridays. Many of the participants were part of French Fridays with Dorie over the course of nearly 5 years. That experience kept us cooking and blogging, and ultimately may be best known for the friendships created – both in person and virtually. We’ve kept in touch, and now our friend, and talented (& organized) blogging friend Katie of Prof Who Cooks, has created this latest offering. We will be cooking through My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz.
Our first recipe is Winter Salad. My version is really one of those annoying I made it, but not really because I changed all of the ingredients… Not a fan of endive – bitter not topping my list. And these days, well, I have my mom to think of when I’m cooking – ok, so romaine. Next, as usual, I didn’t read all of the recipe prior to shopping. I did not realize that Roquefort was a necessity. Gorgonzola. But I did add the tart apple, and used the Greek yogurt! I felt like I should get credit!
The salad ingredients are supposed to be cut in a particular way. Um, I didn’t really do that either. But the dressing is easy to put together, and tasted great. A bit thick, so I was a little concerned.
And what goes better with some blue cheese than a bit of steak? It actually made a very nice meal with the combination of flavors. I even cooked the steak “French Style” on the stovetop (it was snowing that night, I think! no grilling).
I was so happy that I included the apple. It was such a great contrast to the light lettuce and the bold dressing. And certainly, I could see why the addition of a bitter greens element would have been tasty. Maybe another time. Of course, the recipe made a lot of dressing. But I think it will be a good accompanyment with other things. And I thought it might make a nice presentation to have small lettuce spears, and even some apple slices to just dip into the dressing. It’s quite thick and would hold up nicely.
This was a fun start to a new adventure. I hope that I can keep up with the group. I also love my Cottage Cooking Club as well, so I’ll have to find some balance (and then there’s my love of Mexican and Thai food – none in either of these books!). But it’s so worth it to get to spend a little time each week with friends. And many thanks to my blogging friends. Our goal was to stay connected. It seems we have another new way of doing just that!