If you’re new to gratins, they may become a good friend; especially in August, when there are so many gratin-friendly vegetables in season. And if you’re the type of cook who doesn’t like following recipes to the letter, bingo, because tomatoes (any variety), zucchini, eggplant, onions, leeks, fresh herbs and potatoes — all are wonderful mixed and matched in gratins.
The word “gratin” actually refers to a recipe, usually made in a shallow baking dish, which is covered in a golden brown crust. If you are in possession of a gratin dish (Tian), you’re good to go.
However any shallow, 2-quart oven-safe dish makes a lovely gratin. My gratin dish is missing in action, so I use a shallow, oval lid that tops a glass casserole, and it worked quite well.
Here’s a couple of other recipes for easy off-the-farm gratins that can be made in minutes. One uses pattypan squash, leeks and tomatoes and is a bit more involved, the other is a simple tomato gratin, similar to the recipe below.
My favorite way of eating corn is when I insert my knife deeply into the cooked cob, then slide the blade down, so that the corn is removed from the cob in a long sheaths, instead of individual kernels. Sometimes the cob obliges (esp. at this time of the year, when corn is juicy and … Full recipe post »
A trivia question: Which decade embraced glam rock fashionistas skimpily clad in crushed velour hot pants and sequined halter tops, best observed shimmering and gyrating to acid rock in the purple haze of a lava lamp? If your guess was the seventies, that outfit may well have been your fashion statement. You may also recall … Full recipe post »
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The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
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