Name recognition. That's what gets politicians elected. Which is why TV advertising costs for political campaigns have been rising exponentially these days. And why a son of an ex-President can waltz right into the presidency without any real talent. In this case Judith Barrett rang a bell while bob was cookbook trawling in some local book superstore. (Everything is super-sized these days.) Coauthor of a couple of first rate risotto books in the cooking team library. Once hooked by the name, the winning title Cooking Vegetables the Italian Way punched two of bob's buttonsveggies and Italylocking in the deal. Book number three. Acquired, browsed, post-it tagged and shelved in the library.
Escarole first impressed us at a local legendary Philly food spotDmitri's (the original) in South Philly. No reservations, average one hour waiting time, really small, open kitchen, fabulous simple food, Mediterraneangrilled octopus to die for. We got escarole as a side on our first visit and it permanently registered in our food radar log. Unfortunately our action threshhold for lots of dishes exceeds our latent desires. Resultalmost no home movement on the escarole front.
One supermarket impuse buying pre-dinner trip, after a bit of indecision at the plastic-wrapped dead animal parts cases, bob goes for yellow fin tuna, inspired perhaps by that only once used George Foreman grill Christmas present from the previous year, then moves on for side dishes. Some lingering recently acquired foodmag/cookbook memory links the tuna with escarole and white beans, so bob snags them both. Remembering post-it tagged escarole and bean recipes in the dr bob food archives, bob goes first to the veggie books and scores a convincing hit on the second try. Judith, and coincidentally stuck in the same page is a cutout newspaper recipe for the same thing.
Shooting for a lemon caper wine demi-glace sauce approach to the tuna (not that we
really know what that means), bob assigns the escarole to ani who does a bang up job,
jacking up the garlic (Bam!) and ...