That fancy goat cheese you're eating? It may have started its journey to your plate from a prison in Colorado. Also in this week's roundup, fresh herbs at the center of Vietnamese cooking and the pleasures of eating alone.
When Emma wrote about learning to love green cabbage last week, my thoughts turned to one of my favorite childhood dishes. Gơi chay is a vegetarian version of the traditional Vietnamese gơi gà, a refreshing cabbage salad with chicken – or in this case, tofu – and fragrant herbs.
We've had this recipe from The Splendid Table's How To Eat Supper earmarked for a while. Given the dreary weather we've been getting all along the East Coast, we thought a bowl of noodles and tender beef in a fragrant broth sounded like just what we needed!
One of our favorite herbs is shiso, which is also known as Japanese basil, perilla and beefsteak. It's been showing up in big, healthy bunches at the Alemany Farmer's Market recently - this bunch in the photo above cost only $1!