Alexandra's Kitchen

Lunch

In this eggplant caviar, eggplant is roasted (as opposed to fried), which requires minimal oil, allowing the eggplant's sweet flavor to really shine. And after a gentle mashing with a fork, the eggplant's flesh becomes creamy, a perfect consistency to whip into a spread to spoon over grilled bread. // alexandracooks.com

Eggplant Caviar on Grilled Bread

This farro salad, a combination of roasted corn, fresh-squeezed lime juice, cilantro, minced chili peppers and diced peppers and onions, has become a weekly staple. If you strategize by chopping the vegetables and herbs while the corn is roasting and the farro is simmering, this salad can come together in just about 20 minutes. It yields a lot, thanks to all of the add-ins, and tastes better with each passing day. // alexandracooks.com

Julia Child Notecards + Farro Salad with Roasted Corn, Red peppers & Red Onions

A bubbling, bechamel-and-roasted vegetable open-faced sandwich, this asparagus croque monsieur is daydream worthy. While you won't miss the meat on this spring vegetable tartine, one topped with smoked Niman Ranch ham would be heavenly. // alexandracooks.com

Tartine-Style Asparagus & Spring Onion Croque Monsieur

I make crustless quiche nearly once a week, always with uncooked greens, always with fresh thyme, always with crème fraîche, always following the Tartine recipe. Without a crust in the equation, this sort of quiche is effortless to whip up for a weeknight dinner. // alexandracooks.com

Crustless Quiche, Loaded with Kale

Cauliflower and Apple Soup with Olive Oil-Fried Bread

It's the bite of the sherry vinegar makes this lentil soup, but the virtues of it are truly countless: It is completely vegetarian, vegan in fact. It cooks in one hour and takes only as long to prepare as it does to chop up some carrots, celery and onions. No vegetables are sautéed; no stock is simmered. It also couldn't be more healthy — lentils are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. This soup is complete goodness. // alexandracooks.com

Lentil Soup + Mini Loaves = Complete Goodness

A roasted butternut squash and crispy sage pizza on a board.

Pizza with Roasted Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage

Addictive Kale Caesar Salad with Brioche Croutons

This panini offers a double pairing of sweet and salty — jam and bacon, cheddar and pear — and makes every bite worth savoring. I find the combination irresistible and even served these at a little dinner party. Casual is the new cool, right? It was fun, and at the very least, a lovely way to welcome fall. // alexandracooks.com

Bacon, Cheddar and Pear Panino

roasted grapes with homemade ricotta

Lunch: Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread

Could anything be more satisfying than this simple lunch this time of year? Homemade ricotta, Olin-Fox Farms CSA tomatoes, and grilled bread. Yum Yum Yum! // alexandracooks.com

Lunch: Tomatoes, Ricotta, Grilled Bread

Crispy Kale Chips

A plate of fresh corn polenta topped with a poached egg.

Fresh Corn Polenta: Where Have You Been All My Life?

A nectarine pizza cut into slices.

Nectarine Pizza with Fresh Basil and Reduced Balsamic

Next time you are invited to a potluck picnic, volunteer to make sandwiches. And then make these roasted red pepper and arugula sandwiches on homemade focaccia. You will be loved forever. I promise. // alexandracooks.com

Homemade Focaccia + Roasted Red Pepper & Arugula Sandwiches

Salt Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Salt Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts

A freshly baked savory galette with corn, tomatoes, and gruyere.

Savory Galette with Tomato, Corn, Caramelized Onions & Gruyère

The custard, a ratio of 1 cup crème fraîche to 1 cup whole milk to 5 eggs, makes Tartine's Swiss chard quiche so fabulous. It's smooth with a slight tang and utterly delicious. // alexandracooks.com

Tartine’s Quiche, Homemade Crème Fraîche & A Little Trip to Napa & Bouchon

These Asian lettuce wraps are simple to prepare, stunning to serve, and exceptionally satisfying to eat. Both the slaw and the meat are incredibly flavorful and the combination of the crunchy cool slaw with the tender hot meat is so yummy. Make it. You'll be happy. I promise. // alexandracooks.com

Asian Lettuce Wraps for Almost Meatless Potluck

This sandwich, with toasted bread, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, moistened with a squeezed tomato and topped with jamón Iberico, is easily the most delicious sandwich on the face of the earth. // alexandracooks.com

Pan Con Tomate with Prosciutto di Parma

This goat cheese walnut tart is really fun. And different. And delicious. I can't promise a quick-and-easy dinner with this recipe — beets must be roasted; a tart shell must be baked — but with a little planning, assembly of this tart is quite simple. And it is so worth the effort. // alexandracooks.com

Gordon Hamersley’s Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Tart

Grilled Cheese

Prosciutto, Endive & Shaved Manchego Salad with Tarragon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Stir-Fried Veggies and Tofu