My Latest Favorite

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The title of this post is a reference to a simple dish I have been making lately. We get a lot of winter vegetables in the CSA basket at the moment and unfortunately I have little time to cook because of evening class meetings. So fast, easy and tasty is what I am cooking.

I had left a little message on Facebook asking my friends for reading suggestions. Miriam Kresh suggested A Thousand Days in Venice. The Italy-lover in me wanted to read the book so I ordered it and was delighted to find a few recipes at the end of this autobiographical novel. One for a Gratin of Leeks caught my fancy.

I slightly adapted the recipe and make it with leeks or turnips; I believe it is also great with zucchini. Here are the ingredients for two people.

1 pound of vegetables, peeled, sliced and steamed for about 7 minutes
3/4 cup creme fraiche
1 tbsp grappa or vodka, I use vodka
1 pinch grated nutmeg
black pepper, freshly cracked
fine sea salt
1/2 cup grated cheese
Olive oil

Oil a baking dish. Mix together all other ingredients but only 2/3 of the cheese. Coat evenly the vegetables with the cream mixture. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.