Category Archives for Appetizers

Roasted Tomato Soup Thickened with Bread (Pappa Al Pomodoro)

At an adorable café in San Clemente, a bowl of tomato-and-bread soup sent four ladies knocking on the kitchen’s door. Through an open window, the women praised the chef for his creation, swooning over the soup’s deep, rich flavors, begging … Continue reading

24. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Entrees, Side dishes, Soup, Vegetarian | 22 comments

How to Roast Peppers

On Wednesday, I found the dollar bin at the Santa Monica farmers’ market. Well, a dollar bin of sorts. One of the stands was selling bell peppers, a mix of yellow and red, for $1 a pound. I picked up … Continue reading

14. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 4 comments

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella

It has been done to death. Caprese salad that is. But there’s a reason it appears on nearly every restaurant menu come summertime: It’s so unbelievably good. I promise I’m not trying to bore you. I just have have a … Continue reading

05. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 8 comments

Melon & Cucumber Salad with Mint Vinaigrette


So, I sort of have this habit. I tend to add cheese to every salad I make. In large quantities. And often nuts, too. And maybe dried fruit if I don’t have any fresh on hand. I tend to turn … Continue reading

03. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Salads, Salsa, Vegetarian | 3 comments

Favorite Summer Salad: Shaved Zucchini & Pecorino

There’s something about the combination of raw (or briefly blanched) and young (or thinly shaved) vegetables with Pecorino Romano cheese that I find irresistible. Which vegetables meet this criteria? I can name only a few — asparagus (shaved), fennel (shaved), … Continue reading

15. June 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 3 comments

Fava Bean and Pecorino Salad

I cook fava beans once a year. When I spot the first of the season at the market, I fill up a bag, take them home and set to work, peeling, blanching and then peeling again. I open Alice Waters’ … Continue reading

01. May 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Blood Oranges and Ettinger Avocados

OK, I know, my consumption of oranges and avocados is getting out of hand. What’s pictured below is just my mid-morning snack. Ben drew the line last night before dinner. He told me he was starting to get “freaked out.” … Continue reading

03. March 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Garlic-Cheese Butter & A San Clemente Sunset

I’m becoming a real purist. I have now renounced fake butter, a big deal in the Stafford household. I mean Ben and I practically fell in love over a tub of Brummel and Brown. Not really, but for many years, … Continue reading

27. February 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Bread, Eating Locally | 4 comments

Roots of Change Meeting & More Arugula

Before I moved out to California, Bob Pierson, director of Farm-To-City, told me my new state would be decades ahead — agriculturally speaking — of the East Coast. While I have been amazed at the number of farmers’ markets out … Continue reading

20. February 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

French Onion Soup

So, I’ve found something else I’m going to miss about Philadelphia. On Monday, my sister and I met for lunch at Rouge where we enjoyed the crusty rolls served with sea salt-speckled butter and the French onion soup topped with … Continue reading

14. December 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Entrees, Side dishes, Soup | 1 comment

← Older posts

Newer posts →