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Garlic Scape Potato Salad

In Food, Out of Town, Recipes on July 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

Each summer when we arrive at my in laws’ summer place in Vermont, I can’t wait to hit the farm stands to get my hands on some garlic scapes. These are the shoots that grow from a head of garlic, and they have a slightly more peppery flavor and are less pungent than garlic cloves. I love tossing them in salads, pestos and pastas for a quick hit of earthy flavor—easy summer cooking at its best. On these hot summer nights in Vermont, it’s all about throwing something on the grill with a couple of great sides and eating family style outdoors.

And why wouldn’t you?

Last week, I used garlic scapes in a salsa verde that I tossed with squash, shallots and gruyere to make a gratin in one of my mother-in-law’s well-seasoned skillets.

I also used garlic scapes to add some crunch and depth to a creamy dill potato salad that was tangy with buttermilk dressing. The first batch disappeared pretty quickly so I made another a few nights later, using creamy new potatoes from the Someday Farm Stand in Dorset, VT. Garlic scape season is pretty short, so if you see some this weekend at your green market, grab them!

Creamy Potato Salad with Garlic Scapes and Dill

3 lbs new potatoes, halved (or quartered, depending on size)

1 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

2 tables whole grain mustard

3 tablespoons chopped garlic scapes

1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

Freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste

Place potatoes in large pot of salted water. Bring to boil, and then simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Drain, and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When potatoes have cooled, toss with mustard mixture (you may not need all of it—depending how creamy you like your potato salad), dill and garlic scapes. Chill for a couple hours before serving.

I ♥ L.A.

In Drink, Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Cinespia is just one of the many reasons to love LA. My friend Lizzie snapped this pic the other night at an outdoor screening of North by Northwest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Is there a better location to watch Hitchcock? Look at the moon. It was incredible to watch it rising from behind the screen as Eva and Cary lit up the night. I can’t remember a more perfect start to summer. We arrived with our friends Katie and Matt A., Lizzie and Matt M. a couple hours before the movie started to picnic while listening to the DJ. Matt poured these all too drinkable whiskey sours. This recipe (from the Barefoot Contessa) will undoubtedly be in heavy rotation all summer:

We made it through two 40-ounce Thermos Stainless King Beverage Bottles, which got me thinking that’s a hell of a lot of lemons and limes that Lizzie had to hand-squeeze. Thanks, Lizzie! Katie made two awesome salads—lentil and feta, and panzanella (Italian bread salad) with grilled vegetables. We brought orzo with artichokes and prosciutto and Bourbon Molasses Chicken Drumsticks, whisked off the grill moments before we jumped in a cab to meet the gang and still piping hot when we tucked into our loot:

Check out these LED flickering tea lights. Even the hipsters next to us couldn’t get enough of these bad boys:

But the pièce de résistance had to be Lizzie’s Chocolate Oatmeal Carmelitas, a recipe first served to Lady Bird Johnson. Each bite is loaded with chocolate chips, pecans, rolled oats and dulce de leche. Talk about a Hollywood ending…

Memorial Day Weekend

In Drink, Film, Food, Media on May 26, 2010 at 11:47 am

I’m tempted to start packing my LL Bean monogrammed Boat and Tote RIGHT NOW for this coming Saturday night’s adventure. My friends Lizzie, Katie and I (and respective gentlemen) are heading to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a screening of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Lizzie has a great post over at DESIGNwatcher.com about what she’s packing for our picnic. In addition to Lizzie’s thermos of whiskey sours, Katie is bringing rosé, and we’re all cooking up a storm. Mr. Foodinista will be grilling Bourbon-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks (perfect companion to the whiskey sours) and I’ll be making The Foodinista’s Orzo Salad with artichokes and prosciutto. Here’s a shot of the salad from last summer:

It’s like it was MADE to go with rosé. Katie is bringing a lentil salad with herbs and feta, as well as some grilled veggies. And Lizzie is threatening to make some super delicious caramel oat bars for desert. Now, what to wear. I mean beyond the requisite pearls in a nod to the ever spectacular Eva Marie Saint…