PROVENÇAL VEGETABLE TIAN

Fletcher & Fork's Provençal Vegetable Tian, a simple roast vegetable dish, is ready to serve.
Provençal Vegetable Tian, ready to serve.

Slow-roasted, deeply caramelized vegetables star in this dish.

In this simple Provençal style dish, humble vegetables slow roast and melt into a magical melange. Tomatoes soften and slump. Onions crisp up and caramelize. Thinly sliced vegetables with a reputation for blandness (I’m talking to you, zucchini and eggplant!) soak up a luscious, garlicky herb-flecked olive oil that’s been mingling with juices from the aforementioned slumpy tomatoes. Most often, roasted vegetable dishes highlight a single veg—Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli come to mind. Here, the marriage of many creates a sum delectably greater than its parts.

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fletcher + fork Goes to Elawa Farm | Pan Seared Cauliflower Steaks with Caper, Orange and Sage Brown Butter Sauce

image via Elawa Farm

It was a pinch myself moment. Yesterday I taught my first class at Elawa Farm, the beloved and beautifully restored gentleman’s farm and garden in the heart of Lake Forest. Elawa’s mission is to enrich our community as a unique center for hands-on learning, and to inspire an appreciation for gardening, healthy living and historic preservation.

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Crispy Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Calabrian Chili Ricotta

Crispy Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Calabrian Chili Ricotta, fletcher and fork

Gigantic, pillowy snowflakes cartwheeled from Sunday afternoon’s sky, blanketing the landscape with a quiet that reflected my mood. Hours earlier, our Thanksgiving house guests had departed, I’d dropped our children at O’Hare for their return flights to school, and my husband had scooted off for a business trip. The house echoed with emptiness.
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The Breakfast Table | Gomasio Soft-Boiled Eggs + New Tableware Feature

Seaweed Gomasio Soft Boiled Eggs, Fletcher + ForkThere was almost no greater treat when I was a kid than spending the night at my grandparents’ house. I lived for digging in their massive organic garden, listening to Danny Kaye’s magical Hans Christian Anderson recordings, and the creamy, homemade honey ice cream they churned! When breakfast time rolled around, I’d slide into the big booth in their kitchen while my “health food”- (as it was dubbed in the 70’s) loving grandmother made soft-boiled eggs seasoned with savory, nutrient-packed sea kelp served in bright fiestaware bowls.   Continue reading “The Breakfast Table | Gomasio Soft-Boiled Eggs + New Tableware Feature”

Al Fresco | Spinach, Mushroom, and Crispy Prosciutto Frittata

fletcher + fork, al fresco brunch

Who’s ready to dive into relaxation mode? Please tell me you are! Summer certainly took its sweet time arriving this year, as everyone from the Midwest to the East Coast knows. Now that the weather has turned glorious, there has hardly been a moment or a meal I’ve spent indoors, which equals heavenly summer casual. Bare feet, simple food, sunshine, the end. Continue reading “Al Fresco | Spinach, Mushroom, and Crispy Prosciutto Frittata”

Greens + Things | Seared Steak Salad with Blackberries and Goat Cheese

Whenever I gather friends for lunch, salad is the number one request. It feels virtuous and leaves room for dessert, allowing us to linger in conversation without a food coma. Certain boxes need to be checked though, before I’ll put it on the table. Will it delight their tastebuds in a new way? Is it visually delicious? Will it carry them to dinner without hunger pangs striking at 4pm?  Check. Check. Check.

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