Monday, August 5, 2013

Girl and the Grill: Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto

I conquered the broiler last year, but now I turned it up a notch and have started on mastering a new hot skill; the grill. We love using the grill on a hot day because we can make dinner quickly without adding extra heat inside the house.

These have made an awesome summer appetizer in our house, as we wait for our brats and burgers to grill. I'm biased though, because wrapping anything in proscuitto might be delicious to me :)

You could also try adding some rosemary or goat cheese for a fun twist!

Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto

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-Thinly sliced prosciutto
-Olive oil

1. Slice figs in halves
2. Wrap thin slice of prosciutto around each half. One piece of prosciutto per fig seems to work best
3. Drizzle with olive oil. I don't add salt because the prosciutto has such a salty flavor.
4. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side. So about 10 minutes total. Should form a grilled shell around the Fig.
5. Eat!

By: Maggie Dunphy

Friday, August 2, 2013

La Fournette: A Bite of Paris

I was picking up my Big Ten 10k race packet in Old Town with my friend Laura, when I spotted a little bite of Paris in the middle of the block.

We saw a sign for La Fournette, and my inner foodie started jumping up and down like a crazy child in a candy store. La Fournette was the French bakery/deli that Chef Gale Gand and her baby intern chef Jess had been raving about for the past year. Gale completed her culinary training in France, so she always knows best.

And just like that, I was back in Paris for 20 minutes (they were about to close, or I would have spent all day trying everything) of pure heaven. We decided on croque monsieurs for dinner- the best grilled cheese and ham sandwich/panini you might ever have in your life. Ingredients are not used sparsely as the cheese overflows and creates a savory layer of crust around the sandwich.

La Fournette: Croque Monsieur

For dessert, we grabbed colorful and sweet macarons. They were definitely on the same level as a French bakery in the heart of Paris. My personal favorite is the pistachio with hazelnut filling.

La Fournette: Macarons 
La Fournette: La Macarons 
Also, I grabbed a couple breakfast treats for the next morning. When we were in Paris, I would always start the morning with a Brioche, kind of like sweet bread roll. Light and airy with a little sugar to add a touch of sweetness. Ryan is traditional and prefers a chocolate croissant.  La Fournette is simplicity done at perfection.

La Fournette: Chocolate Croissant 

La Fournette: Brioche

 By: Maggie Dunphy