lost-recipe-haiku Recipes

lost recipe haiku

burrowed blueberries
baked for an eternity
demolished quickly

egg salad

i like mine busy
onion, celery, pickles
we crunch, contemplate

pork chops adobado

red smoky spicy
joy, the broiler and i have
found pork chop heaven

summer pasta primavera

from silver palates
summer pasta salad for
the ages, also: me

eggplant potato curry

eggplant gift, curry
craving, watery and dull
better luck next time

radicchio frisee artichoke salad

artichoke obsessed
i cannot count the ways, but
just added one more

I’ve gotten behind again, and daunted by the task of catching up on six recipes at once, I have resorted to Poetry 101. Turns out, writing Haiku is addictive. Soon, I’ll be speaking less and choosing my words carefully, and Alex will demand of all of you, “Who is she and what did you do with my Debbie?”

[Oh, and for the love of all that is tasty, if you’re actually looking for some solid food-gazing poetry, this is a far more eloquent place to start.]

Have a great weekend! I hope to reemerge in a day or so with some completely over-the-top birthday decadence.

Baked French Toast [Recipe from the archive]

Egg Salad with cornichon, red onion, celery, mayo, a smidgen of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Yes, I forgot to measure things which means that this is as close to a recipe as I have. Oops!

Pork Chops Adobado
The Louisville Courier-Journal, 9/12/01 via The Wednesday Chef

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 5 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
4 boneless pork chops, about an inch thick

(If you’re grilling the chops, heat your grill as necessary.)

In a small skillet over low heat, combine olive oil, garlic and
oregano. Heat for 2 minutes or until they become aromatic. Stir in
cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Place the pork chops in a wide pan and pour the seasoned oil over
them. Rub the mixture into the pork and let it stand at least 30
minutes, or refrigerate all day or overnight. Broil or grill about 5
minutes per side, or until pork is done to desired taste.

Serves 4.

Serve with yellow rice and sliced tomatoes.

Pasta Primavera Salad
from The Silver Palate Cookbook: 25th Anniversary Edition, via Leite’s Culinaria

The recipe says it makes 6 portions, but we found that half easily made four portions.

1/2 pound green fettuccine
1/2 pound regular egg fettuccine
1/3 cup best-quality olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
3/4 pound snow peas
1/3 pound sugar snap peas
3/4 pound sliced prosciutto, cut into coarse julienne
2 ripe plum tomatoes, quartered
2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into fine julienne
8 scallions (green onions), well rinsed, trimmed, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup snipped chives, basil, or other fresh herbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons raspberry vinegar (we used champagne vinegar, our preference), or to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 cup imported black olives (any kind)
Grated zest of 1 orange, lemon, or lime

1. Bring 4 quarts salted water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in all the fettuccine. Cook until tender but still firm, and drain immediately. Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl, add the olive oil and chopped onion, and toss gently to combine. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. Bring another 4 quarts salted water to a boil. Add the snow peas and sugar snap peas. Cook for 1 minute, drain, and plunge the peas immediately into a large bowl of ice water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain the peas and pat thoroughly dry.

3. Add the peas to the pasta in the mixing bowl along with the prosciutto, tomatoes, bell peppers, scallions, and chives or herbs. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle on the raspberry vinegar, and toss gently.

4. Toss the pasta and vegetables with the grated cheese, taste, and correct the seasoning. Arrange the pasta on a large serving platter. Scatter the olives and citrus zest over the pasta and serve at room temperature.

Radicchio, Frisee and Artichoke Salad
[Insalata di Radicchio, Frisee, e Carciofi]
Gourmet, March 2003

Makes 8 servings

1 lemon, halved
4 large artichokes (3/4 lb each)
1/2 lb frisee (French curly endive), coarse stems discarded and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
3/4 lb radicchio, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

Special equipment: a Japanese Benriner * or other adjustable-blade slicer

Squeeze juice from 1 lemon half into a large bowl of cold water, then drop same half into water.

Cut off stem of 1 artichoke and discard. Cut off top inch of artichoke with a serrated knife. Bend back outer leaves until they snap off close to base, then discard several more layers of leaves in same manner until you reach pale yellow leaves with pale green tips.

Cut remaining leaves flush with top of artichoke bottom with a sharp knife, then pull out purple leaves and scoop out fuzzy choke with a melon-ball cutter. Rub cut surfaces with remaining lemon half. Trim remaining dark green fibrous parts from base and sides of artichoke with sharp knife, then rub cut surfaces with same lemon half and drop artichoke into the acidulated water. Repeat with remaining artichokes.

Just before serving, slice artichokes paper-thin crosswise with slicer. Immediately toss with frisee and radicchio in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and toss. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper and toss. Drizzle with vinegar (to taste) and toss again.


  • Dressing ingredients can be whisked together (instead of tossed into salad) 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before using.
  • Greens can be washed and trimmed 1 day ahead and chilled in a sealed plastic bag lined with damp paper towels.
  • Artichokes can be trimmed (but not sliced) 2 hours ahead and kept in acidulated water.

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35 comments on lost recipe haiku

  1. Hi Deb, how saucy of you! You blog always makes me smile :D.

    I think I had haiku once, it was delightfully presented with a ponzu sauce on the side…always on the side! ;)


  2. Wow, I love the haiku approach! Personally, I’ve always been intimidated by this particular poetry form but you might inspire me to try again. At my job, there’s an odd annual tradition of soliciting haikus about pie around Thanksgiving. It’s really quite funny. :) So, do you think the Baked French Toast would work if made in a dutch oven over the camp fire in Maine this upcoming week? I’ll report back! BTW, it’s not *your* birthday again already, is it Deb?? Or were the new lens and Martha kits for some other festive event that I’m getting confused by? Hmmm…well, happy birthday to whoever is getting the treats!

  3. deb

    Heheh, can I work at your job? The birthday is Alex’s. And it involves chocolate, brownies, cheesecake and camera equipment. And beer. And brats. And brunch. Look who is the spoiled one now!

  4. Oh then happy birthday to Alex – and many more. He’s a lucky boy with all the treats he’s getting… How do you hide the treats from him in the meantime? KS sees all the treats I make him – so I can never plan the perfect surprise.

  5. ohiogirl

    Okay, your baked french toast looked so good, I had to click the link, wander back in time and grab the recipe.

    Silly question – you have it in the fridge overnight – do you put the cold pan in the hot oven (I tend to use pyrex, so that COULD be a bad thing), or do you let it come back to room temp and then put it in the oven. Which would actually take more time, to my point of thinking, such as it is.

    Many many thanks, you kind and sharing overachiever!

  6. Patti

    Well, we’ll tell Alex to think about it a bit and come back when he has the right number of syllables.

    (and I apologize for being comment #18)

  7. Maggie

    I made the pork tonight and it was DIVINE. Y’all I’m serious. Tasted like…red. Does that make sense? Just smokey and wonderful. And so easy!

  8. VuDo Brew

    I made the Pasta Primavera Salad last week. It was wonderful! I threw in toasted pine nuts and substituted spicy capicola for half of the prosciutto. My husband – who is often leery of new recipes – really liked it! Thanks Deb.

  9. Cristina

    Exceptional, fast and easy pork chop recipe. The one thing I changed, based on your comments about the garlic, was put it through a garlic press in lieu of mincing. This made for no burning of broiled garlic pieces. A huge hit at my house. Thank you!!

  10. jay

    Hey Deb!
    I was thinking about maybe tossing in some cooked scallops or shrimp with the pasta primavera instead of the prosciutto (because we can only get it sliced paper thin where I live and I wanted to make the salad a little more hearty). Would you say the prosciutto is an essential ingredient?

  11. Liz

    Deb, you’re hilarious. I love the introductory haikus. If you give up your site, which I beg you not to, you should consider a changed career in writing- screenplays (comedic of course) or perhaps a humorous cookbook. Something to help us novices laugh at ourselves while we burn down the kitchen. ;)

  12. i loved the pork chop recipes! SO easy, i couldnt believe it. but it definitely couldve been spicier so i would add more paprika and maybe some red pepper flakes?


  13. Katie

    Speaking of food poetry, have you ever heard of Pablo Neruda? He’s written some fabulous odes to different food items; the tomato, the onion, the artichoke, etc.

    My favorite snippet from Ode to the Onion:

    You make us cry without hurting us.
    I have praised everything that exists,
    but to me, onion, you are
    more beautiful than a bird
    of dazzling feathers,
    heavenly globe, platinum goblet,
    unmoving dance
    of the snowy anemone

    and the fragrance of the earth lives
    in your crystalline nature.

  14. sarah

    Deb, you saved my day again! My 11 year old DD asked me, while reading ‘Are you there God, It’s me Margaret’, what is a pork chop? It didn’t even occur to me you would tackle something so boring as pork chops. For the first time in ages, I didn’t come to you first….i check GH and a Jaime (boring or too fussy with crackling). I should have known you would have something perfect to do with my chops. Clear, delicious and came out perfect the first time. Please please i hope your book has thorough testers…the ‘came out perfect the first time’ is so important to those of us on a budget (in my instance because I selfishly took the train into London to see first the Leonardo exhibit and then a week later the Hockney exhibit).

  15. Rachel

    Thanks for the pork chop adobado recipe. My pork chops turned out perfect and my family loved them. This is the first recipe I have made from your site and I am looking forward to making more. Love your site.

  16. Jennifer

    My daughter and I made your Pork Chops Adobado recipe last night and it was a hit with my entire family, including my five children! That almost never happens! We didn’t read the recipe all the way through and put all the ingredients in a gallon size ziploc bag to marinate. I realized after assembling it that we had done it all wrong. But the result was soooooo good! We grilled them and they were perfection. Thank you for another “keeper” recipe!