Caesar Salad With Shitake Mushrooms and Friday's Favorites!

Friday, June 29, 2012

MontDauphin

This is the time of year when my family would usually travel a few hours to settle in the Alps for the summer and enjoy cooler temperatures and lots of hiking in the gorgeous of Les Alpes De Haute Provence.

These days, everytime I look at our pine trees and feel a whiff of a cool breeze, I just can't help but smile wide and feel energized. I think about all the wonderful picnics, lunches on the graveled terrace and lots of hours spend at the community pool.

It was a time to spend with my mother hovering over her cooking magazine and cookbooks and pick dishes we would do together or techniques she thought I was ready for. This was my kind of summer school. We'd bookmark recipes, crafts, articles, discoveries.

Guillestre

Like many of you I use Pinterest, notepads, bookmarks, and lots of other devices to keep track of my favorite links. I have enjoyed doing a little round up last week and from the feedback I got, you guys enjoyed it too so I have decided to make this a weekly thing.

So...here what caught my eye this past week. Have a wonderful weekend!

~ This travel post on Helsinki by Pure Vegetarian by Lakshmi
~ Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream on Bliss With Tina Jeffers.
~ Roasted Baby Artichokes from Nicole Franzen at la Buena Vida.
~ Super refreshing Grapefruit, Fennel and Grilled Shrimp Salad by Camille Styles.
~ My life motto: The Holstee Manisfesto.
~ Sour Cherry Cooler by The Best Remedy.
~ I don't wear lots of jewelry, but I'd wear anything my friend Angela makes, at Angela Hall Designs.
~ And because I have been drooling over it all week, this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie, by my favorite food stylist and friend, Tami at Running With Tweezers.

- I am also adding one of my favorite salad this week, a Caesar Salad and Shitake Mushroom Salad I shot for Food & Wine Magazine. Recipe after the jump.

Caesar Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms


Caesar Salad With Shitake Mushrooms, with permission of Food & Wine Magazine:

Serves 4

Ingredients:
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup cubed gluten free baguette (or your favorite bread, gluten free or not) (1-inch cubes)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cooking oil
3/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 hard-cooked eggs
3 tablespoons wine vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste (or 2 anchovies, mashed with a fork)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 small heads romaine lettuce (about 1 pound each), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

Directions:
- In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the cubed bread, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and stir to coat the bread with the oil. Sauté the bread until crisp and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in half the garlic. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
- In the same pan, heat the cooking oil over moderately high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add half the remaining garlic and the parsley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute longer. Add the mushrooms to the croutons.
- Put the eggs, vinegar, anchovy paste, and the remaining garlic, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 5 tablespoons olive oil in a blender or food processor and whir until smooth. Add the lettuce to the mushrooms and croutons, sprinkle with Parmesan, and then add the dressing. Toss to coat.

16 comments:

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

That sounds like such a lovely way to spend a summer.

Also, I love a good Caesar salad. So refreshing, and it can feel very decedent when done right!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

sweet trip down memory lane :)

and thanks for the links to what has you inspired...off to click around!

Tartes and Caro said...

I'm hungry and I want to eat this sweet salad
very nice

Vita @ Juicer Depot said...

Caesar salad looks delicious especially with mushrooms in it. You have all the ingredients in it that I love.

Ana Cooks said...

Thanks for the great inspiration...as usual! ;)

Christina Main said...

Oh my yum! Great post and fantastic pictures!!

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Lynna said...

That sounds like such a wonderful and relaxing way to spend the summer! :) Beautiful photos, as usual!

Riley said...

Sounds like you're having a fun summer! The salad looks wonderful!

Helene said...

Riley: I am not traveling back home - just evoking memories of home. Working through the summer :)

Heike Herrling - but it tasted good! said...

Some of my favorite times with mum are the same - chatting about ideas over magazines. Great roundup of links - thanks!

claire said...

Hi Helene,
I recently discovered your beautiful and hunger inducing blog.

I am a painter and was really inspired by the photo of a bowl of apricots in your June 1st post. I went on to set up a similar still life and paint it.

So i wondered if I could share this paintings journey on my blog paintdropskeepfalling.wordpress.com and show your original photo with proper accreditation and a link through?

i look forward to hearing from you,

Many thanks

Claire
paintdropskeepfalling.wordpress.com

tami said...

thanks for including me in your links, love! xox

SkinnyMommy said...

Love the addition of the shitakes here!

Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings said...

What month is your Food & Wine photos coming out?

I'm so jealous that you call France your home. To have access to beautiful towns and the countryside...just gorgeous!

Nanette Littlestone said...

Helene:
The pictures are gorgeous! Makes me want to dive into my screen and start eating. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the idea of figs and tabouleh - what an amazing combination.

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