The staff photographer was giving me tips to avoid having the back of close-up photos wash out like this. I didn't tell him that was what I was going for here. I actually like this photo a lot.
This is a good recipe to take to a family reunion. It's good cold or at room temperature.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
fresh black pepper, to taste
1 large head broccoli
red pepper flakes, to taste
Mix together all the ingredients except the broccoli and red pepper flakes.
Prepare the broccoli by cutting into 2-to3-inch florets. If using organically grown broccoli, soak the florets in cold, salted water for a few minutes to scare out any garden pests. Steam or quickly boil broccoli until tender-crisp. Drain and chill in ice water to stop the cooking process. Toss with marinade and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Let stand at least 1/2 hour. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Adapted from “From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Farm-Fresh, Seasonal Produce” by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition, 1996.