Rosettes of Mâche is usually my choice of greens when entertaining. Its dainty peppery leaves always make a beautiful presentation. These greens are usually available at your favorite grocer and I have found them at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Upon opening your bag or clam shell of mâche, simply check the rosettes for roots and pinch them off. Arrange the greens on a platter so that the rosettes are all facing up. Top the salad with your favorite toppings. This time of year I like to use pomegranates, apples cut into matchsticks, and shaves of Parmesan or percorino. The colors are perfect for the Christmas table.
Rosettes of Mâche Salad
One bag or clam shell Rosettes of Mâche Salad
1 apple cut into matchstick sized pieces
seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
several shaves of Parmesan cheese
For the Vinaigrette:
2 T. white wine vinegar
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. apple juice
3/4 t. minced shallot or onion
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients for the vinaigrette until smooth. Toss with the arugula and apple sticks. Serve immediately. Note- Other names of this green are Field Salad and Lamb’s Lettuce.
These are my new toys. Flexible silicone measuring cups in 4, 2, and 1 cup sizes. I found them at a restaurant supply store and have used them everyday. The fact that I can pinch them to pour is a fantastic feature.
Little Italy: Boston
I just got back from Boston where my family and I spent our Thanksgiving weekend. It was fantastic to be with all my cousins, aunties and uncles, brother and parents, just like old times. Of course we never stopped eating, talking, and eating some more. I also had the opportunity to visit many Italian grocers in the Italian North End. This time I meandered down the side streets of Little Italy visiting the unique family owned shops that sold anywhere from coffee to dried beans. I was able to purchase many of my Italian extracts and flavored oils for my Christmas Italian cookies. I will blog more about my adventures later in the week. Click on the picture for a closer look. It’s classic!