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:


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.)



  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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