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FOOD FUN: Homage To The Square

As a student, we loved the “Homage To The Suare” paintings of Josef Albers, who created more than a thousand squares-within-squares over a 25-year period.

When we saw this photo of a dish from Daniel restaurant in New York City, we thought: square food, square plates.

You’ll be the opposite of a square when you present guests or family with fun squared food. While our list below is dinner fare, you can easily square off breakfast and lunch.

Cutting certain foods into squares can produce a lot of trimmings, but it’s easy to use them in omelets, salads, hors d’oeuvre and snacks.

 

A dinner plate from Daniel. Photo courtesy Thomas Schauer Photography.

 
You can square up rice, vegetables, and other foods with:

  • A square egg mold
  • A square cookie cutter or other square cutter
  •  
    These square glass dinner plates from Libbey are inexpensive; or you can spring for these square white porcelain plates.

     


    A composite of some “Homage To The
    Square” paintings. Photo courtesy
    Mysticmedusa.com.

      WHAT TO SQUARE OFF ON YOUR PLATE

    Mains

  • Beef, lamb, pork loin
  • Casserole
  • Grilled fish steak
  • Grilled tofu
  • Lasagne
  • Moussaka
  • Polenta with mushroom ragout
  • Quiche (bake it in a square pan)
  •  
    Sides

  • Corn bread
  • Diced vegetables
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice or grains
  • Stuffing or other dressing
  • Vegetable pudding: carrot, corn, potato, zucchini, etc.
  •  
    Desserts

  • Brownies and bars
  • Flan or other custard (bake it in a square pan)
  • Ice cream (sliced from a rectangular quart)
  • Loaf cake
  • Melon
  •  
    What would you add to this list?

      




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