TODAY Food Editor
In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.
THIS WEEK: Grilled Romaine Salad with Sliced Seasonal Apple, Smoked Bacon and Gorgonzola Dressing from Taste in West Hollywood, Calif.
Summer means lighting up the grill and preparing all that meat. Since you have all that fire, why not grill your salad too? We have a great recipe for a Grilled Romaine Salad with Sliced Seasonal Apple, Smoked Bacon and Gorgonzola Dressing “stolen” from chef Cathy Halter. The Gorgonzola Dressing is made from scratch, but boy is it easy ... and all natural too! Chef Halter recommends that this salad be served with an 8-ounce New York steak ... grilled of course.
About the chef: A native of Italy, executive chef Cathy Halter traveled to America as an exchange student when she was 16 and never looked back. After studying home economics at Portland State University, she embarked on a successful 25-year career as a tailor.
left/msnbc/Components/Photos/060705/060705_cathyhalter_hmed_830a.jpg1100067600left#000000http://msnbcmedia.msn.com1PfalsefalseWhen her husband impulsively purchased a deli, she was suddenly thrown into the restaurant business. One of her most influential mentors was Cajun cooking icon Paul Prudhomme, with whom she apprenticed, at his K-Paul’s restaurant in New Orleans.
Cathy is currently responsible for the menus of Mama Lucia’s Italian Kitchen in Seattle, Lucia’s Italian Kitchen in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Pizzetta restaurants in Koloa and Kapa’a, Hawaii, and in West Hollywood, Calif., as well as Taste. Taste, as John her son and business partner puts it, is a non-Italian restaurant that is “cool and hip, but not overpriced.”
Grilled Romaine Salad with Sliced Seasonal Apple, Smoked Bacon and Gorgonzola Dressing is served at Taste for $8.75. This salad is for a serving size of one, while the recipe for the dressing makes approximately 4 to 5 servings.
8454 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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