First things first
Good technique: Rustic bread, sweet caramel, fresh ricotta and a shake of the Japanese red peppers make for a memorable sandwich. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)
5. Shake on a little shichimi. If you like, drizzle with a spoonful of caramel. Enjoy warm.
1. Slice 1 bunch broccolini into bite-size pieces.
2. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 clove chopped garlic.
3. Season with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.
4. Spread out on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet.
5. Slide into a 425-degree oven and roast until deliciously browned, about 8 minutes.
5. Toss with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
Note: Shichimi togarashi (aka simply shichimi) is a Japanese blend of red pepper, orange peel and other spices, available in the Asian foods aisle. If you don't have any handy, a pinch of red or black pepper will do.
Provenance: Inspired by Birdbath Bakery in New York City.