You Can’t Go Wrong

  

I’ve always loved the combination of tomatoes and greens.  Add to it caramelized onions, thyme, and white wine, it’s a sure thing.  Over sausages from Schaller & Weber, I’m in heaven.  Such is Melissa Clark’s Grilled Summer Beans with Herbs, Tomatoes, and Carmelized Onions from the August 12, 2008 New York Times.  A summer recipe, my tomatoes and green beans are its pale winter selves, hardly the best it could be, so imagine the possibilities in a few more months…

With this recipe, I contemplate a recent purchase, the Ikea Grilla Pan.  I’ve wanted it for a long time, having used it at a friend’s, hoping that it could replace the George Foreman Grill.  The idea would be to use the grill pan for such things as sausages and things that would need attractive grill marks.  But is it better than a regular frying pan?  Not really, a frying pan is fine and browns nicely.  I check my new bible, Judith Jones’ The Pleasures of Cooking For One, to see if it’s part of her essential equipment list, it’s so not.  Cook’s Illustrated doesn’t even have an equipment review for it.  It may not have a place in the Littlest Kitchen.

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