The other night I was cooking from one of my favorite cookbooks, the out-of-print and frankly dubious-sounding Bon Appetit Every Night Cooking: Fast and Fun: A Real-Life Guide to Getting Dinner on the Table [amazon], and came across a really basic but very light, lemony side-salad.
- Some decent salad greens (the expensive leafy stuff in a plastic box, good for three dinners)
- A lemon to squeeze out a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- Two garlic cloves, chopped up
- 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- A few turns of good (i.e. Kosher or sea-) salt and pepper
That's it! In my opinion, a whole family of good salads are those that make you sweat from the acidity. To get the companion recipe, I'll spare you the tasty details about seared marinated lemon-garlic shrimp and warm new baby potatoes.
ps Oh, the Pats won again. J-Fav and I were out seeing the movie Juno - go out and see it! - and returned home to find the last few seconds ticking down. Why though, in the post-game press interrogation, are there so many questions about what clothes the athletes wear?
pps Okay, more about Juno. Here's the trailer. It's edgy and smart and funny and just a very nice film. Although the trailer (and the first 30 minutes of the film) would suggest that the director might be a bit inclined to copy the visual and musical vocabularies of Wes Anderson, really, honest, it's a good movie. Don't worry about the xylophone-laden soundtrack. Heck, one of the other songs includes the words, "I never met a Toby I didn't like." ("Tire Swing," Kimya Dawson) How about that?