Weekend Cooking: Tomato-Nectarine Salad and Eating In with Lynne

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The Splendid Table logoIn addition to being a fan of the King Arthur Flour blog, I’m a big fan of The Splendid Table podcast hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and produced by Sally Swift for American Public Media. Although Lynne is an award-winning cookbook author, as well as a versatile and well-traveled home cook, The Splendid Table is much more than just a cooking show. On the air, Lynne describes her radio show alternately as “The Splendid Table – a show for people who love to eat” or “The Splendid Table – a show about life’s appetites“. I’ve been listening for a couple of years now, but just found out that the weekly show has been running since 1994, with over 500 episodes since its start on Minnesota Public Radio. (With the podcast, you can listen when you can and don’t have to worry about what time the radio show is broadcast or whether it is broadcast in your part of the world.)

Invited guests come on The Splendid Table to talk about food-related topics like wine; cheese; honey; coffee; olive oil; specific dishes like kimchi; and wider topics like what makes Tex-Mex Tex-Mex. In any one episode, Lynne might report results of taste-testing soy sauces; visit a chef for his/her Key 3 recipes that everyone should know how to make; and invite a celebrity judge on for her Stump the Cook game. She also regularly invites authors and cookbook authors onto the show; 2013 guests so far have included Mark Bittman, Michael Moss (author of Salt, Sugar, Fat), and Bee Wilson (author of Consider the Fork), as well as Jacques Pépin, Nigella Lawson, and Isaac Mizrahi (fun!). Road Food specialists Jane and Michael Stern are regular guests on the show, sharing their off-the-beaten path dining discoveries.

This week’s episode, for example, features Bouchon Bakery chefs on pie crust and pastry; a Mexican chef on Middle Eastern influences on modern-day Mexican food; L.A. Times food editor Russ Parsons’ summer reading suggestions; and the chef from The Perennial Plate on Turkish honey; along with Jane and Michael Stern’s list of restaurants serving the hottest (spiciest) food in the U.S.

I’ve got the 2011 Splendid Table cookbook, How to Eat Weekends, which has beautiful photography and complex recipes for weekend cooking. Maybe a little too complex for me until I’m retired. I’ve only tried one recipe from it so far, Oven-Roasted Carrots with Preserved Lemon & Allspice, which was really good. (In the meantime, I may need the earlier cookbook from 2008, How to Eat Supper, which is geared toward simpler weeknight meals.)cover image of Eating In with Lynne ebook

Eating In with Lynne is something new from The Splendid Table – a quarterly ebook with seasonal recipes. I bought Volume 1 (Spring) and didn’t use it, then bought Volume 2 (Summer) and vowed to make something from it as soon as it was downloaded to my Nook so it wouldn’t sit there unused like Volume 1.

Over the course of the show, Lynne has introduced me to many new ingredients, such as preserved lemons. Recipes in Eating In with Lynne added smoked sweet paprika, Spanish sherry vinegar, and ground Aleppo chile pepper to my shopping list, as well as cornichons (small French pickles) and spearmint leaves. (The only one of these ingredients we’ve found locally so far is the paprika, but not in any of the brands she recommends, so it’s time for substitutions or more of a hunt.)

Here are a few Eating In, Vol. 2 chapter headings, as a sample:

  • Choosing Smoked Spanish Paprika
  • Piquant Peach Icebox Relish
  • Plum Red Wine Compote with Smoky Bits
  • Technique: Iced Tea: Three Tips and One Caution
  • Technique: Iced Coffee: The Art of Concentration

I hope to try all of the recipes in Volume 2 this summer, from Slow-Grilled Party Steak with Green Herb Salsa to Vanilla-Bean-Cardamom Strawberries, but the one I made this past weekend was Tomato-Nectarine Salad (pictured on the cover of the ebook.) With Lynne’s permission, I substituted peaches for the nectarines.

Basically, the recipe calls for slices of small garden tomatoes, peaches, and red onion to be layered on a platter, sprinkled with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes, drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar, and topped with salted pistachios. (Which I just see now were supposed to be lightly crushed, oops!)

photo of salad platter
I halved the recipe, since there were only two of us eating.
close-up of salad
A close-up. The basil and small tomatoes are from our garden!

It was delicious! The combination of fresh peaches and tomatoes was great, and so summery!


21 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking: Tomato-Nectarine Salad and Eating In with Lynne”

  1. I love the Splendid Table and get their email newsletter too. I haven’t bought the ebooks, but might if I ever get a tablet.

    And, of course I love KAF too. 🙂

    The salad looks wonderful and so perfect for this time of the year. Around here we are getting our first peaches and tomatoes of the year. Can’t wait to try this salad.

    1. Thanks for mentioning the Splendid Table email. I should have mentioned that; each one has a recipe I usually want to try. For the salad, Lynne suggests using small leaves of basil. Our basil is getting eaten by something and I need to pick a bunch of it today and make pesto.

    1. It definitely was an impressive-looking salad. I surprised myself! And the photos came out well, for a change. Too bad I wasn’t serving company that night, but my husband appreciated it!

  2. I had never heard of it until now. I always learn something new from the links at Beth Fish. Your photo is worthy of being on a magazine cover. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks, Tina! I forget how I originally heard about The Splendid Table, but it’s really the only podcast that I listen to regularly, without fail! The show is on public radio on Sunday night around here, but I prefer the podcast so I can stop and start it as needed, or go back and listen to something I missed.

  3. I enjoy The Splendid Table when I happen to be in the car at the right time to hear it — I should try the podcast! That salad looks amazing, especially from your garden. I better go check my tomatoes. They were all green last I looked, but it’s been too hot to be outside much.

  4. Oh, that salad looks delicious! I have lots of tomatoes and peaches in the house, too – sounds like a plan! Everyone doing Weekend Cooking this week is helping me plan my menus – I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I never heard of the Splendid Table but I love to cook (or rather, I really love to eat!). That salad looks wonderfully refreshing, I can just taste it! I am going to have to link up to Weekend Cooking once I start reviewing cookbooks, which is on my neverending to-do list! Maybe during next bloggiesta 🙂 Thanks for doing my commenting challenge and I’m returning your visit 🙂 Hope you can get commentluv plugin working for your blog.

  6. Wow, that looks amazing! I’m seriously tempted to buy this cookbook just for that recipe. Also, note to self – start growing your own tomatoes. I’ve heard their much better than store bought and yours look delicious 🙂

  7. Looks great, Laurie! I love the idea of a podcast that talks of both the specific and more general subjects, it definitely appeals to the ‘burgeoning’ foodie reader in me (forgetting that it’s aural!)

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