Side dishes–the stuff you serve with your main meat or fish.


Sautéed Spinach

Spinach is really quite simple to prepare. Unfortunately, it gets a bad rap because many people overcook it, which results in a rather unappetizing lump of green mush. So be careful! As with many dark leafy vegetables, it comes into season in winter in SoCal and spring in other regions. Always buy produce in season—it’s […]

Antipasti, Contorni

String beans

My father grew beautiful beans in his garden. He’d gather some of the nicest ones and freeze them so we could enjoy them in winter. It’s important not to overcook the beans—they should still be very firm. Just cook them for a minute or two. Put them straight  in the vinaigrette while they’re still hot […]