Friday, July 13, 2007

Summer is for sweet corn

We made this last night. It took very very little time and was a perfect side dish (or, considering how much of it i ate ... a meal). Essentially you can add whatever you would like in this ... its a great hodge-podge dish and looks great in simple white bowl because its so colorful.

Orzo Feta and Corn Salad
1 package feta cheese
1 red pepper (substitute long red chili if you want it a little hotter), chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
4 (or more) ears corn, cooked (you can boil the ears to soften the corn, or if you want a more grilled taste, grill them). Remove corn from cob with a sharp knife.
1 small red onion, diced
olive oil

Cook the orzo
Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and let sit for a while to allow the flavors to mesh.
Add the cooked orzo while hot and serve with salt and pepper to taste.

Michel Richard's Central

I visited Central about a month ago and am still thinking (dreaming) about the Goat Cheese Vinaigrette Salad. It is the sort of thing you go home and try - desperately - to recreate but just can't quite get there. I assumed it would be a heavy ode to goat cheese, but instead i was pleasantly surprised with a light yet incredibly flavorful dressing ... and it STILL somehow tasted like goat cheese.

The entire meal was incredible.. its a must visit. We also saw Mark Warner in shorts at the bar. This is not a restaurant you should visit in shorts ... unless you are a former presidential candidate.