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A dish is like a play, each ingredient has a role, and the special attention taken to the ingredients are like clothes and makeup for the players. In a good dish, all the ingredients play off each other in such a way that they enhances each others flavors, but not lose themselves in the crowd.

In this salad, grilled eggplants are tossed with cognac poached pears, along with walnuts and slivers of pecorino cheese, in a garlic and herb vinaigrette, dotted with honey. Sweet, sharp, smoky, salty, there are so many possible permutations of flavor in this salad. Sometimes too many ingredients can make a dish confusing, but in this case it was perfect. Read the rest of this entry »

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