Our Favorite Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Our Favorite Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Summer Farro Salad. (Recipe by Marco Canora, Food&Wine. Photo credit John Kernick.)
Summer Farro Salad. (Recipe by Marco Canora, Food&Wine. Photo credit John Kernick.)

Over the past few years, we’ve compiled a great list of recipes and trending food topics thanks to Peter Salerno and his love for not only creating kitchen designs, but creating in the kitchen as well!

One of our favorite recipes of the last 5 years is a simple-yet-exquisite summer salad that always leaves us full and refreshed.

This fantastic summer farro salad comes courtesy of Food & Wine (F&W) and their star chef Marco Canora.

Famous for his Tuscan-inspired dishes, Marco Canora’s experience has taken him from Gramercy Tavern in NYC to Cibreo in Florence, Italy, and back again. Canora now calls Hearth & Terroir Wine Bar in New York City home.

If you’ve never eaten farro, it’s all the rage lately in a variety of dishes. From salads to soups to meat dishes, farro is a versatile hulled wheat grain that is well-loved by savvy eaters as a great source of fiber and a “smart carbohydrate”.

This summer salad combines the hearty, nutty flavor of farro with the crunch of carrots, celery and onions and the freshness of cucumbers and tomatoes. We’re sure you’ll love it at your table as much as Peter Salerno and his family love it at theirs.

Recipe: Summer Farro Salad (courtesy Food&Wine, Marco Canora)

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  3. 1 small carrot, halved
  4. 1 celery rib, halved
  5. 12 ounces farro (1 3/4 cups)
  6. 5 cups water
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  9. Freshly ground pepper
  10. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  11. 1 small seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  12. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  13. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Preparation

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, carrot and celery, cover and cook over moderately low heat until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and stir to coat with oil. Add the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the farro is barely tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt. Cover and simmer until the farro is al dente, about 10 minutes longer. Drain the farro and discard the onion, carrot and celery. Let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1/3 cup of olive oil with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the farro, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” know that 2 recipe blogs make us salivate like none other – Delish and Epicurious.

Since our inception, we’ve relied on Delish and Epicurious more than any other sources for food tips, recipes, drink recipes, and seasonal menus that always fit the bill and ‘hit the spot’. And boy, has Delish delivered once again with its Memorial Day Recipes feature page.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

From the Delish team:

We wanted to make a space that was for everyone — people who liked to eat more than they actually liked to cook. We created a place that was as much about delicious, easy recipes as it was about food as a fun lifestyle and cultural phenomenon. We produce nearly 200 recipes a month, but we’re also creating videos about our favorite brands, restaurants, and stores, or celebrities and their eating habits. Plus, we’re all about telling the crazy food stories you won’t find anywhere else.

How could we not love that mission statement? (And if that’s not enough, check out their Pinterest page – we dare you not to get hungry and make a recipe immediately.)

The thing we love most about the Delish Memorial Day Recipes feature is that it’s drawn from the real world. We’re not saying that some people don’t adorn their Memorial Day dinner table or cookout table with “deconstructed crawfish etouffee” or “artisanal curated something-or-other with lemongrass foam”. We’re just saying that most people eat burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

And this is precisely the foundation of the Delish Memorial Day “menu” of recipes. The splashy lead article, 43 Insane-Slash-Brilliant Things To Do With Hot Dogs“, hooked us from the beginning. Simple summer pastas, summer salad recipes, kebabs and homemade condiments follow the charge, and soon you may find yourself like us…

(“Did I really just spend 52 minutes looking at Memorial Day recipes? Yup, I sure did.”)

Vegetarians and vegans, fear not – Delish has you covered for Memorial Day as well, with grilled veggie recipes that are more than satisfying.

So if you’re at a loss for Memorial Day cooking ideas and need some recipes for inspiration, head over to the Delish Memorial Day Recipes site and get searching! (We’ll give you a call in a day or two if you get carried away.)

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Why We Love Gelato!

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Why We Love Gelato!

Our Favorite Reasons You Should Eat Gelato

If you follow Peter Salerno Inc. on Facebook, you know that the staff loves to cool down on a hot summer day by eating delicious gelato! From its roots with the famed Medici family in Renaissance Italy to its growing popularity around the world today, gelato is a delicious, creamy alternative to ice cream that (believe it or not) is healthier for you in many ways!

The Peter Salerno Inc. staff (and Harper the puppy!) enjoy delicious gelato.
The Peter Salerno Inc. staff (and Harper the puppy!) enjoy delicious gelato.

Every gelato lover has his or her favorite gelato “spot” – for Peter Salerno and his team, a local Sicilian gelato maker always hits the spot! But whether it’s from a gelato maker, dessert shop or your local grocer, gelato is a wonderful treat – especially during these hot summer months.

So why exactly do we love gelato so much? Here a few great reasons to love this classic Italian dessert delicacy.

Reasons Why We Love Gelato

1. It’s based in all-natural, fresh ingredients. Classic gelato made by hand features milk and water, and generally hazelnuts or pistachios in its base. These natural ingredients, rather than artificial sweeteners, chemicals and preservatives, make gelato a more naturally delicious treat.

2. It’s lower in fat and calories than ice cream. On average, gelato contains 5-6% butterfat, compared to 10-12% in most traditional American ice creams (source: WhyGelato.com). As a result, it’s naturally lower in both fat and calories than its ice cream counterparts!

3. Options, options, options! Gelato comes in several varieties, including cream and fruit-based gelatos. As a result, the tastes you can experience by eating gelato range from sweet to savory, and will satisfy lovers of ice cream, sorbet, sherbet and flavored ices alike!

To many, gelato is a new dessert discovery. But it’s been around since the Renaissance (and in America since the late 1700s) – so why not try it for yourself? It’s about time you discovered why so many people, including Peter Salerno Inc., love gelato!

Peter Salerno Visits Do Hwa Korean Restaurant, NYC

Peter Salerno Visits Do Hwa Korean Restaurant, NYC

Peter Salerno with his son-in-law Brian and Terrence Segura, co-owner of Do Hwa Korean Restaurant.
Peter Salerno with his son-in-law Brian and Terrence Segura, co-owner of Do Hwa Korean Restaurant.

Peter Salerno, his son Anthony and son-in-law Brian recently visited one of their family’s favorite restaurants in NYC. Do Hwa Korean Home-cooking is located on 55 Carmine Street in the West Village, and is widely regarded (especially by Peter) as the finest Korean restaurant in Manhattan.

Korean food is often entirely different from other Asian foods and is said to be one of the healthiest diets in the world. Anthony Salerno initially discovered Do Hwa in 2010, and after several attempts was able to get Peter to visit the West Village restaurant. Ever since, Peter and the entire Salerno family have been hooked.

The ambience at Do Hwa is amazing – complete with tasteful Zen decor, Quentin Tarantino posters and memorabilia (Tarantino is a frequent visitor to Do Hwa, and a co-owner), and the occasional film projected onto the restaurant wall. On this night, Peter Salerno and family were greeted by co-owner Terrence Segura and his mother-in-law, owner and executive chef Myung ja Kwak.

The beginning of a beautiful night of Korean cuisine at Do Hwa.
The beginning of a beautiful night of Korean cuisine at Do Hwa.

As for what Peter, Anthony and Brian ate on their latest trip to Do Hwa?

The appetizers consisted of:

  • Japchae – a sesame sweet potato glass noodle with vegetables
  • Duk Boki – rice cakes sautéed in chili sauce with vegetables and a hardboiled egg
  • L.A. Kalbi – beef short ribs on the bone
  • Fresh watercress with a sesame/garlic/chili vinaigrette
  • Kimchi (pickled cabbage with a chili sauce)
The entrees at Do Hwa are outstanding Korean cuisine.
The entrees at Do Hwa are outstanding Korean cuisine.

The main course consisted of:

  • Bulgogi – thin slices of rib—eye beef in soy sauce and garlic marinade
  • Deji Bulgogi – thin slices of pork belly with chilis
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Frothed egg
  • More kimchi!
  • Soybeans and tofu
  • Rice

Peter, Anthony and Brian finished the meal off with some freshly made sugar-dusted Beignets with a raspberry sauce.

Do Hwa's amazing sugar-dusted beignets were the dessert course.
Do Hwa’s amazing sugar-dusted beignets were the dessert course.

Throughout the dinner the staff at Do Hwa made sure that no one was ever without a cocktail. The house specialties included:

  • May Julep
  • Manhattan on the rocks
  • Ginger Kamikaze
  • So Ju with fresh cucumber

Do Hwa updates its patrons on a consistent basis with a socially active Facebook page as well.

Peter Salerno, Anthony Salerno and Brian Mayer at Do Hwa Korean Restaurant.
Peter Salerno, Anthony Salerno and Brian Mayer at Do Hwa Korean Restaurant.

Our thanks to co-owner Terrence Segura, his mother-in-law, owner & executive chef Myung ja Kwak, and the entire staff of Do Hwa Korean Home-cooking for another world-class meal served with remarkable ambience.