About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Sunchoke and Spinach Salad

Well, that was an unexpected treat.

A very simple list of ingredients, sunchokes, spinach, salt, pepper, olive oil and red wine vinegar.


But the first ingredient, aka Jerusalem artichokes, was unfamiliar to me and proved impossible to locate within a 50-mile radius of where I live in eastern Ontario. However, one of my co-conspirators, Jerry, came to my assistance, bought some at the Saint Lawrence Market in Toronto & mailed the sunchokes to me. Thanks again, Jerry.

The sunchokes are soaked, cleaned & sliced. The baby spinach is washed, spun-dried and torn into smaller pieces. Both ingredients are combined & mixed with some olive oil, salt, pepper & red wine vinegar.


The final result. A very good simple-to-prepare salad.


What I liked about this recipe:

Sunchokes were a novel experience for me - a big plus in taking part in this project.

The combination of textures worked very well.

What I didn't like about this recipe:

The difficulty of obtaining the sunchokes was a major issue - but not a problem with the recipe itself.

Would I make it again?

Well, actually I already have. Jerry sent enough sunchokes for another salad, which we enjoyed a couple of days after the first one.

And, more significantly, I have recently discovered that one of my brothers has sunchokes growing along a fence line on his property. I'll plant some in a couple of months and have my own supply from now on.

I thought this was an excellent salad.

Comments (4)

Now you're planting sunchokes! Doug, If I ever make it to your part of Canada, I'm going to track you down and take a fun little walk through that garden of yours.

Joseph Chiaravalloti:

Italian settlers in the USA called the plant girasole, the Italian word for sunflower because of its resemblance to the garden sunflower (note: both the sunflower and the sunchoke are part of the same genus: Helianthus). Over time the name girasole may have been changed to Jerusalem. (Wikipedia) Sunchoke is a more recent -- grocer friendly -- coinage.

Marcella Hazan:

In Italy it's called topinambur. Once you have a supply, Doug, try one of the cooked versions, especially the gratineed one.

This looks good Doug! I'm glad that I could help out with those sunchokes. Presumably the season is over because I can't find them any longer - I guess I'll need to wait until later in the fall to make this salad.

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