Le Grand Aïoli
This is a beautiful Provençal plate made this week last year when I went up to South Lake Tahoe with my friend Natalie and stayed with her family. Her cousin Karen, from France, made us so much incredible food during that fabulous week, but it was this simple dish – aioli – that stood out above the rest. Salt cod, boiled carrots, green beans, and skinless potatoes and best of all, the eponymous aioli. This dish is a staple among the folk of Provence, France. We call aioli “garlic aioli” here in the states but that is a bit redundant since aioli translates to ‘garlic oil’. It was after I feasted on this dinner that I decided I would ask for a pestle and mortar for this year’s birthday, which I did and received. I can’t wait to tackle my own aioli!