It’s simple. It’s soup.

September 18, 2012

Like my “Five Easy Pieces” formula for designing a room…these five simple ingredients will keep you warm and satisfied at mealtime during the cooler months ahead. I wanted to incorpoate my favorite superfood, Arugula, into a simple hot dish that could be made on the quick…like soup. After scouting several recipes, editing,tweaking and adjusting.., my Potato White Bean and Arugula soup is the result. In less than an hour you can turn this out and feed a group with minimal effort using 5 items you most likely have on hand; chicken stock,  white beans, potatoes, garlic and arugula. Ok, you might need to run out for the greens, but they go in last, so you have the opportunity to pick up a great loaf of bread and some figs for dessert to round out your meal while the soup is simmering. After a bowl of this you’ll be wondering why you don’t make soup more often.

This soup could only be better served up in this simplequietmodern soup plate from the Chez Pannise collection produced by Heath Ceramics….don’t you think?

http://www.heathceramics.com/cook-dine.html?heath_collection=226

Presto…pesto

July 26, 2012

Well, I love pesto. On pasta hot or cold…on pizza…even in potato salad. But, I’ve never had arugula pesto. How did this happen? I love arugula too and yet this had somehow missed my plate. When I found this recipe , which couldn’t be simpler, and tweaked it based on what was at hand…I had a hit. The simple ingredients provided a great lemony mix…fresh. There was no waiting  for a pizza or focaccia dough to rise so I split a small Syrian wood baked loaf, spread the pesto and topped it with some bocconcini  mozzarella…simple…perfect.

My business partner and I represented American artist Rico Zermeno (of Nice, France) at our Taylor~Gratzer Gallery in Los Angeles. During one of his summer visits to LA, Rico shared his recipe for this pasta  that I quickly named Les Spaghettis aux herbes et ail… ( his being from France after all). This is the easiest, most forgiving recipe ever and never fails to please. It has been the “go to”  spring/summer recipe for me and at the time had filled the bellies of any and all types of  Hollywood’s movie/TV stars, artists, agents, designers and aspiring whatevers. It’s is just good…by itself with some red wine and a nice baguette or with the addition of some grilled meat, sausages or fish. Try it …like it…love it.

http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/herbs-on-saturday

http://bangermashchat.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/july-herbs-on-saturday/

For starters,

May 26, 2012

I kept this Quinoa salad simple. Feta , tomatoes,  Italian parsley and Quinoa tossed with a simple vinaigrette of lemon juice and olive oil with a touch of garlic. Salt and pepper to taste and you’re done.  A  simple, satisfying lunch or a great side for any summer supper. Then I started thinking of  ” add ins”…garbanzos, Persian cucumbers? Maybe oil packed tuna or some grilled chicken? Dill? Basil?  This basic recipe will allow you plenty of variations for an entire summer of good eats that are good for ya.