Spicy Escarole with Garlic : Escarole is in the same family as endive, but it is less bitter and holds up well to cooking. Saute this Mediterranean favorite with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes.
Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey brought this recipe to The Times in 1988, when a properly-made risotto was still a relatively new dish for the home cook It would make a wonderful meatless main dish or as an accompaniment to roast chicken or grilled steak.
NYT Cooking: The combination of legumes and bitter greens like escarole is common in southern Italy. Escarole is a bitter lettuce that looks a little bit like frisée but with wider, tougher leaves. It’s high in vitamin A and a good source of iron and potassium. This recipe is adapted from one in “Cucina Rustica,” by Evan Kleiman and Viana La Place.
NYT Cooking: This lemon-scented soup, based on a Greek avgolemono, is a warming meal in the depths of winter. Made with good chicken broth, it’s familiar and comforting. But fresh lemon adds a sunny brightness while the egg and rice thicken things up, making the broth richer and heartier. To add vegetable matter, I stir some escarole into the soup, letting it wilt until silky and%2...