LABOR DAY MOVIE BINGE: ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Hollywood Bowl's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock with my parents. My dad is a huge Hitchcock buff and I remember watching many of the films as a kid. The show spotlighted the music of some of the director's best known films with scenes projected on the screens as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (conducted by my friend Diana's dad Dave Newman--a stunning musician and composer) played along. It's been years since I revisited some of the suspense master's films, and now I have the insatiable urge to rewatch some of my favorites. Good thing it's a holiday weekend! To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, and North by Northwest are queued up on my computer and ready to go! 

Glamorous Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief

Glamorous Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief

ENDIVE WITH ROQUEFORT CREAM & MARCONA ALMONDS

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What better way to eat endive than smothered with homemade blue cheese dip? Really, what better way to eat anything? This cute little bite makes a perfect pre-dinner bite and accompaniment to a crisp glass of white wine. 

Ingredients:

10 endive leaves

4 oz, Roquefort cheese

4 tbsp, sour cream

Juice from one lemon

Black pepper 

10 marcona almonds

Fresh thyme

Directions: Combine Roquefort, sour cream, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add black pepper to taste (we like a lot!) Place a dollop of blue cheese mixture in each endive leave, spreading it towards the tip of the leaf. Place a marcona almond in in the center of the dollop. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves. 

PLENTY MORE

Forget Mario Batali or Bobby Flay. Our chef crush is Yotam Ottolenghi, author of our three favorite cook books--Jerusalem, Plenty, and Ottolenghi. The Israeli-born foodie's recipes are full of vibrant middle eastern flavors, and his writing is personal and cheeky. Many of our favorite vegetarian recipes come from his book Plenty, a collection of herbivore-friendly fare. So when we discovered that Ottolenghi is releasing a part deux to our favorite anthology, we jumped for joy and reached for the cauliflower. It's not available until October 14, but we're all over the pre-order game. YAY for veggies! 

HEDLEY'S SALAD

Hedley's Restaurant

L.A. is chock full of plenty of delicious cafés and eateries with equally delicious salads.  But Hedley's in West Hollywood really gets it right with their equal parts savory, equal parts zesty Crispy Kale Salad.  This dish is layered perfection.  A mix of fresh baby greens, shredded carrots, gently fried tofu, warm brown rice, and truly crunchified kale, this salad is hearty enough to get you through the day without weighing you down.  Not to mention the miso dressing…yum yum.  Drawing inspiration from South African cuisine and spice blends, the rest of the menu is also a must!