Peek-a-boo; or: the blogger reappears with radicchio.

The blogger disappears and pops up in … San Francisco!

I’m in the Bay Area visiting family and friends. I’ve been busy trying to convince my ninety-three year-old grandfather to talk to me on tape. But in between cajoling sessions, I’ve had a chance to check out some local farmers’ markets. (How could I resist?)

Look at these lovely heads of radicchio:

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My favorite way to eat radicchio in the winter:

Quarter the heads.

Sprinkle with salt.

Heat a cast iron pan, and add a generous amount of olive oil.

Add radicchio.

Cook on low, partially covered on a back burner while you’re doing other things.

Turn the radicchio pieces every once in a while, until they’re nicely browning and melty all over.

(If they start to crisp, turn the heat down. You want them melting and carmelized, not fried.)

Yum.

11 Comments »

  1. Milton said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 12:00 am

    My grandmother took us down to see where she grew up. We got my her to wear a mic and recorded her for nearly the entire week straight. It’s a lot of material to go through but we were able to capture so many many stories about her life. It’s important stuff to have!

  2. LB said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

    Hey! Look who it is!

  3. Lacey said,

    February 1, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    That would normally not sound that great (mostly because I wouldn’t know what to do with Radicchio), but my body seems to be craving those hearty leafy veggies right now, so if I can find some locally I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for the easy recipe, I’ll give it a go.

  4. Christine said,

    February 1, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    Welcome to the Bay area!

  5. Christine said,

    February 1, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    By the way, you should visit the Berkeley bowl while you’re here.

  6. Jan S. said,

    February 2, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    Hang in there with your grandfather. We did that with my dad many years ago and got some very good stories. He resisted for a while but finally relented. Patience and persistence.

    I love anything cooked in olive oil like that. I’ll have to try it.

  7. The Herbwife's Boyfriend said,

    February 4, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    We have made a couple trips to the Bowl. It is fantastic, though something of a contact sport.

  8. Hank said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    Welcome to the Bay! I am a mere 90 minutes from you in bucolic Sacramento. Feast while you are there — it doesn’t get much better eating than where you’re at!

  9. earthkitten said,

    March 2, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    Wow, awesome ‘recipe’. I love uncomplicated and delicious food. I grew radicchio many years ago, but I’m ashamed to admit that once it grew, I wasn’t sure what exactly to do with it….hehe…..

    Thanks, maybe I’ll try growing it again this year. 😉

    Heidi (earthkitten)

  10. Emma said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    Beautiful purples!

  11. StarkRavingMom said,

    March 29, 2009 @ 1:14 am

    I miss you and this blog! Please, come back okay?

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