In cooking, full recipes are usually my last resort. I like improvisation behind cooking and challenging myself to do this completely changed the way I cooked. Sure, I share quite a bit of recipes but I’ve also tried to extend what I’m doing to include the idea of improv.
My second book was a branch, sharing 50 base recipes for playing in the kitchen. From there, I created the ingredient and pantry section to hopefully reduce food waste with leftover ingredients. Now, I’m introducing a new weekly series that involves one of my favorite ways to cook: components.
The idea of component cooking is to make a big batch of something and use it in different ways throughout the week. I have a list of a few dozen components I use frequently and over the course of the next year, I’ll be sharing a recipe for each along with variations and recipes. It’s like leftovers, but better.
I debated on what to share first but over the past year, these garlicky greens have made their way into numerous recipes. These greens are a wonderful all-season addition to recipes. It’s simple: sauté your favorite greens with a little olive oil and garlic. I typically use kale because it has a bit of texture but chard, spinach, collards, or beet greens would work just as well.