Eric Ripert Gets Toasted

Celeb chef Eric Ripert just launched a blog, Avec Eric, and while there's not much on it yet, I can't help but be charmed by Get Toasted, a video series featuring the esteemed chef cooking with a toaster oven. A not-so-subtle plug for that beautiful Cuisinart toaster oven? Maybe. But he's onto something.

I often use my beat-up toaster oven when I don't want to heat up my regular oven. I use it for small pieces of fish, chicken wings, roasted elephant garlic and cookies. Here's his first installment of Get Toasted.

Also check out the Westend Bistro chef's recipe for pistou soup (a great way to use summer basil) here.