Nateur Cooking with Aliza J. Sokolow: Roasted Pumpkin With Gremolata And Pomegranates
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Name: Aliza J. Sokolow
Tell us about yourself: My name is Aliza J. Sokolow. I am an LA-based food stylist, private chef and photographer. my first children’s book THIS IS WHAT I EAT is hitting the shelves on January 3, 2023. The best job I’ve ever had was working for Jamie Oliver on the Food Revolution with kids in inner-city schools. It changed my life, and I am serving my life mission of getting people to eat a little bit better.
Favorite dish to serve at a dinner party: I always start with stacked crudites with dips and cheese board. I never know if friends will be arriving hungry or just need a little nosh before dinner so I have a lot of options before dinner. I always cook what’s in season, but there is nothing better than a beautifully grilled steak, fish or a perfect roast chicken depending on the occasion.
Favorite skin food ingredient and why: Avocado!!!!! Avocado is a great source of healthy fats. I always tell my avocado farmer Laura Ramirez at JJ’s Lone Daughter Ranch in CA that she is the reason I get compliments on my skin. Growing up in the 90s people were very scared of fat. The word fat. Everything fat. But now, I think we know that healthy fats have a variety of benefits one of which is healthy skin.
Top three Instagram accounts for inspiration:
Anna Jones- @we_are_food
New York Times food- @nytcooking
Dorie Greenspan- @doriegreenspan
Must-have cookbook: I am obsessed with Italian food. The one book that I have covered in sauce and grease is Scott Conant’s Scarpetta cookbook. His sauce tastes the same at home that it does in the restaurant. It is delicious and user-friendly.
Favorite tableware brand/items: truly – merci ( https://merci-merci.com/ ) in Paris has the dreamiest table items. I stock up whenever I go. Or gjusta goods in venice… also pierce and ward on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. I went to college with one of the female founders and everything they have is flawless. I have so many mugs from their shop.
Dinner ambiance or vibe when throwing a party: I like to make things easy and chill. Everyone knows when they come to my house I will have old indie music playing, foods that you can dip into the sauce from another dish and will be relaxed. I’m an incredibly warm and inclusive person - that vibe and love carry across into my dinner parties. Also – dessert. I love to bake. I will bake something memorable and send you home with cookies every time.
Three things you always keep in your refrigerator: Eggs, avocados and little gem lettuces.
Favorite healthy treat: I love Hu chocolate. I just love it. They recently came out with a milk chocolate bar and if I need a sweet treat that isn’t fruit – to me this is it! I also love to take fruit that is in season like blueberries and drizzle with a grassy olive oil and flaky sea salt. It’s surprisingly fabulous.
Eat this recipe for An impressive, yet easy dish that gets 3 colors into your body. It’s SOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!
Recipe: Roasted pumpkin with gremolata and pomegranates
1 pumpkin ( I chose a long island cheese pumpkin)
1 bunch parsley
1 clove garlic
- Preheat oven to 400
- Slice pumpkin into 2 in pieces, along the lines of the pumpkin
- Rub pumpkin with olive oil, season with salt and pepper
- Place in oven for 50 minutes
- Finely chop 1 bunch of parsley
- Zest 2 lemons
- Smash 1 clove of garlic
- Juice one lemon
- Pour at least ¼ c olive oil
- One large pinch of salt
- Combine all ingredients in either a food processor or mortar and pestle
Beautifully place pumpkin onto a plate. Drizzle gremolata on top. Top with pomegranate seeds. A scoop of labne goes great with these flavors as well.