I don’t always wash lettuce. To be slightly more precise, I seldomly wash lettuce. The packaged stuff we get at the store is pre-washed and fairly dry.
The stuff we get at the farmers market seems clean. Romaine lettuce in a bag looks squeaky clean and I am just not a huge fan of the salad spinner. I have one- it is decent, but I am still not a fan. And there is lettuce I will wash, and spin, and then towel dry because I hate to dilute the dressing I put on and the texture of damn watery lettuce is just not agreeing with my palate.
[Side note- while I long for comments on this blog (they make me feel less lonely) I KNOW that I am supposed to wash lettuce even the pre-washed kind and I have read extensively on why I should do so. That is the whole purpose of the “confession”- I know it is wrong. ]
When I considered what to write this Wednesday- three things came to mind – first, the farmers market started and I bought beautiful things there. Second, I am getting a little agitated by comments about my recipes being too complicated (you know who you are!). And lastly, a comment I made about cooking “dirty” this past weekend was totally misunderstood. So I plotted the Wednesday post…
My most favorite greens in the world were to be highlighted. That is the Cure Organic Farm braising mix, an organic blend of tender and barely spicy greens that only require a quick sear. These are not your regular sturdy braising greens- the large kale, collars, or chard. They are delicate mustard greens, gentle dandelion greens, petite beet greens and tender young spinach.
The recipe this week was to be simple and as easy as easy gets. No cooking twine or cheesecloth needed, no making stocks or reductions or jus, no simmering or baking for four to five hours. I swear it doesn’t get easier than this recipe.
My comment about “dirty” cooking during a dinner party was perceived to mean that ingredients are not thoroughly cleaned. I was however referring to a cluttered, chaotic, disorganized kitchen- the messy cook! My kitchen is clean throughout 7 hours of cooking; a messy cook’s kitchen looks like a hurricane came through 10 minutes in. Both me and the messy cook in question believe in cleaning everything that goes into our food and the areas and equipment around us. I do my cleaning while I cook, the messy cook ends up with piles upon piles of dirty pots, pans, prep bowls, and utensils after the meal is plated. And I don’t always wash lettuce.
I didn’t wash my braising mix from Cure Farm. You should.
Ingredients: a quarter pound of braising mix, 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon minced garlic- in our case, fresh green garlic!
Plus, salt, pepper, a dash of fresh lemon juice.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and let it cook for about a minute- you just want it to get tender not begin to turn golden at all. Then add the braising greens, cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the greens are wilted. Add the lemon juice and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Enjoy and check out the local produce at your farmers market!