Counter Intelligence: Gifts for the kitchen are five-star winners
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You're not alone if you haven't written your holiday gift list yet. Fear not. A gift for the kitchen never disappoints, and the options are endless. Whether you're shopping for a five-star chef, a happy home cook or a friend who is afraid to boil water, there is something for everyone on your list.
Dressed in the Bowl Tossed Salad
This is a great starting point for a quick salad. The dressing can be changed to go with the flavors in your entrée. Use the freshest salad greens you can get your hands on. Also, marinating onions in vinegar cuts their bite. Remember this trick whenever a recipe calls for raw onion. Unless the recipe calls for vinegar, just drain it off before using the onions. Makes 4 servings.
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or balsamic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 cup rinsed and drained canned chickpeas (optional)
1 large bunch fresh salad greens, rinsed, spun and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
STIR together in a large salad bowl the onion, the vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, and the mustard. Toss in the chickpeas, if using.
LET stand for about 15 minutes.
ADD the salad greens to the bowl when ready to serve, and drizzle with olive oil. Toss, taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.
April Hamilton has always said, "Cooking is fun!" She shares her easy, practical recipes for delicious food through her cooking classes for kids and families. April's husband and three daughters help with testing and tasting in their Charleston kitchen. April would love to hear from you: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.