The Supporting Cast is Everything. At Least on MY Plate!Salads / July 20, 2016
When I was young, I was very active in theater. I was one of those wacky people who actually looked forward to all that greasepaint and the corseted costumes each week. I knew every actor’s lines in addition to my own, and the strike parties were a BLAST.
I minored in theater in college, and I’m pretty sure that even today, many decades later, my drama episodes are Oscar-worthy. (If Ron were here, he’d agree with a raised eyebrow or two.) Seriously, though, I approach life ‘in character,’ because all the world is a STAGE!
When it comes to cooking we spend a lot of time showcasing the stars: Filet Oscar, Boeuf Bourguignon, Chicken Milanese…and so forth. But everyone knows that the star shines more brightly if surrounded by the perfect supporting cast! That’s why you’ll find my website includes not only the headliners, but also the supporting dishes as well. From the smallest appetizer, to easy rice dishes, to inventive salads, I believe in the whole shabang!
Take these roasted potatoes. I gave them some extra love and a fabulous costume by slicing them with a mandoline, and arranging them in a beautifully undulating circle with equally pampered golden beets. When you ladle an herbed olive oil and some tart vinegar over them, they are positively show-stopping.
Now, take a look at this salad that is already looking for it’s OWN agent it’s is such a rising star. But for my purposes, I was thrilled to showcase this charismatic dish on my table before all that attention went to it’s little seedy head. By choosing only the most beautiful grape and heirloom tomatoes, and topping it with slices of the best mozzarella cheese, this rustic caprese salad is going to win not only your tastebuds, but garner a food Golden Globe as well. — There isn’t one, you say? WELL THERE SHOULD BE.
I hope he next time you’re ready to prepare a menu and nourish your loved ones, you’ll remember to spend a little extra time on…the extras! RECIPES below!