#8: Endive with Roquefort (a winner!)

Bleu-cheese lovers, rejoice … this one’s for you! Slather crisp leaves of bitter endive with a rich mixture of creme fraiche and your favorite bleu cheese (Roquefort here). Top with warm pine nuts and walnuts freshly toasted in butter and a little salt. Arrange on a platter lined with pretty red leaves of radicchio. Enjoy.…

#7 Swiss chard, chickpea and tamarind stew

This one started off with so much promise: Looks good, doesn’t it? And really, how could you go wrong with chard and chickpeas, a little tomato, a little onion, some coriander? (The photo is missing the chickpeas, caraway, cilantro, and yogurt called for in the recipe, but they all showed up later and reasonably close…

#6: Bittersweet salad

♥ blood orange, bitter endive sweet ricotta, pomegranate purple pink passion bliss ♥ As we approach Valentine’s Day, it has felt like a pleasant bit of serendipity to find myself reading The Orchid Thief. It’s a story about many things: there’s the story of John Laroche who was facing charges of having stolen protected orchids from…

OT: Great deal on a great book!

When Gawker (or was it Buzzfeed) came out with its list of all-time favorite food memoirs, it was disappointing to see the omission of Molly Wizenberg’s wonderful A Homemade Life, about her journey from graduate school student (French!) to finding her own writing voice, falling in love, starting a restaurant, and navigating the death of her father. Her…