Recipes from étoile
On Sunday mornings in Paris, the open-air market begins at 7 a.m. If you've been up late the night before, you may miss the best fruits, vegetables and cheeses. But no one ever seems to run out of leeks. This slender-stalked cousin of the onion looks picturesque peeking out of the top of a shopping basket, and makes a delicious tart filling for a late-morning brunch.
Oysters are a bold and stylish way to kick off a weekend brunch. Serve them on the half shell with a garnish of lemon wedges.
Caviar is back. (The super-rich would say it never really went away.) After a decade of dwindling supplies and a total ban on imports of caviar from the endangered Beluga Sturgeon in 2005, there's cause for celebration. Thanks to a new group of California caviar producers, one of the world's oldest luxury foods is actually more affordable than ever.
Sabayon (sometimes known as zabalone or zabaglione) is a versatile Italian dessert with the consistency of light, whipped custard. Often used as a topping for fruit, it is always made with egg yokes, sugar and a white wine or liqueur. This recipe uses sparkling wine and is generous enough to serve at a party.
This succulent entrée gets its distinctive flavor, and it's name, from the variety of kale called for in the recipe. Cavalo nero, or Tuscan kale, originated in -- you guessed it -- Tuscany, Italy. The Tuscan kale adds a wonderfully spicy note to the mild flavor of pork.