hey all! Just a heads up there are plenty of good reads in today's Dining Section in the New York Times. Be sure to check out Mark Bittman's feature, 101 Simple Salads for the Season. He's actually written series of these in summers past (like last July's 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics and Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in Ten Minutes or Less from July '07) and they're a great jumping off point for recipe ideas and make for quick dinners and sides. With Bittman choosing to restrict the amount of meat in his diet, you'll find plenty of vegetarian options.
I am bugged by their Temporary Vegetarian column though. I mean, why temporary? With a solid vegetarian population in the city, a more widespread awareness of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, and, as mentioned above, a Times columnist writing about how many of his new recipes are largely vegetarian, why would such a column be a temporary fixture? The writer, Elaine Louie, is pretty straightforward and doesn't write a particularly entertaining column (though with historical bits in her pieces, they sure are interesting!), but they've got some solid recipes and could take it up a notch if they wanted to!
New York Times, I'm telling ya, if you want to pack a vegetarian flavor punch in your dining column on the regular, I'd be MORE than happy to do it! :)