EP 4: Alexander Payne and Vegetable Gratin

Cooking By Ear show

Summary: Academy Award-Winning screenwriter and director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways, About Schmidt, The Descendants, Downsizing) makes a vegetable gratin and discusses a pivotal moment in his life when he left the movie industry briefly to become an intern at Chez Panisse.<br><br><br><br>BECHAMEL INGREDIENTS:<br>-2 cups milk<br>-4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)<br>-3 tablespoons all-pupose flour<br><br>CELERY GRATIN INGREDIENTS:<br><br>-1 head celery<br>-Fresh thyme and/or tarragon<br>-Salt and pepper<br><br>TOOLS:<br>-2 medium saucepans<br>-Whisk<br>-Cup measure<br>-Tablespoon measure<br>-Wooden spoon or rubber spatula<br>-Knife<br>-Cutting board<br>-Big mixing bowl<br>-Casserole or other oven-going vessel (cast iron skillet can work)