Please visit my blog as I write my first book, the authorized biography of Leonard Pennario.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
My salad days
At Goodwill you have to turn over every rock. You never know what you will find!
Not Leonard Pennario records, as a rule. Howard says that is because they are heirlooms. But there is always that chance, of course, that you will find some kind of treasure. And a lot depends on your willingness to look.
The other day, making a quick stop at the Delaware Avenue Goodwill, I was checking out cookbooks. They have a nice book department at that Goodwill and books are sorted out by subject. Most of the cookbooks to be honest are not anything you want. There are a lot of 1970s and '80s cookbooks, microwave cookbooks, old fattening casserole cookbooks, and Crock Pot cookbooks full of recipes employing nothing but cans of stuff and whole cartons of sour cream.
However, the other day.
There was a pile of cookbooks on the bottom shelf. All cruddy looking, and one whose spine you could not see. I actually went through the trouble to lift all the lackluster cookbooks off the hidden book so I could see what the hidden book was.
It is by this Benedictine monk. Men can make salads too as evidenced in the picture up above! I love this monk's other cookbooks. Remember the impossible Epiphany Bread? My sister has recommended this salad book and I had always had it in the back of my mind I would shell out for it. Well, now I have shelled out for it.
Sicilian Potato Salad (Insalata di Patate) Salad 2 pounds small red potatoes, peeled, cooked in boiling salted water just until tender, drained and quartered 1 celery heart, finely chopped 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 cup black Sicilian olives, drained, pitted and chopped (I use less) 1/4 cup capers (optional) 1 gherkin (optional), finely chopped a few sprigs fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped Vinaigrette 1/2 cup Sicilian or other olive oil 2 Tbsp. dry Marsala wine 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1. In a deep salad bowl, put cook potatoes and add celery, onions, olive, capers, pickle, and parsley. Toss lightly to combine. 2. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together in a small bowl and pour over the salad. Toss lightly, making sure evenly distributed and serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings.