Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: Your salad just got a lot more exciting.
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My husband could be characterized as an anglophile on one level and a lover of all foods that combine bread and cheese on another, so dinner was the meeting of our palates. This salad, with the addition of beets and some wintery greens, features Welsh rarebit -- a type of British grilled cheese, like the French croque monsieur, that is perfect for a brisk night. I made the little rarebit toasts into the sort of croutes I made while living in Paris, crispy and hugged with warm cheese. Thinly sliced raw beets add snap and an earthy sweetness to this fantasy bistro plate.
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
Photo by Caroline Wright
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.