Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This ain't just California Cuisine.

Okay, here comes your cliche statement of the week: Good food doesn't have to be fancy, complicated or pretentious. It just has to be good.

But you know what? It's true. This past weekend I had the pleasure of putting together an impromptu backyard barbecue with Boyfriend David and some of his friends. We fired up the grill and prepared a small spread of tasty things (pork four ways, anybody?) and enjoyed the simple pleasures in life: good food, good friends, beer and a well-landscaped backyard.

My personal favorite dish of the barbecue was Chef Scott's grilled veggie salad. It started off with some purple and yellow cauliflower heads, grilled dry over an open flame. Next on the fire was the escarole, which was tossed and chopped with the cauliflower and toasted walnut halves, then dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

The end result? A simple, delicious, unique dish that showcases the fresh vegetables perfectly and looks and tastes amazing. How can you go wrong?

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