Hi everyone. Just a couple of announcements! My friend Kelsey, aka The Naptime Chef, is hosting a Pumpkin Week on her blog. The perfect recipes to get you in the mood for the season! I'm lusting after that pumpkin fudge recipe...
On Monday night I attended an event sponsored by the New York Women's Culinary Association (of which I'm a proud member!) featuring famous recipe tester and New York Times columnist Melissa Clark. This event was in celebration of her new cookbook, Cook This Now, which is all about eating and cooking seasonally. She is a huge proponent of shopping in greenmarkets, even in the depths of winter. I'm loving the book.
There was also a Q&A with Melissa and many of her comments resonated with me. She spoke about carving out professional time for yourself, even if you no longer work in a corporate office (visit lots of neighborhood coffee shops with wifi). It's so easy to get distracted at home (i.e. Why don't I do a load of laundry while I'm here?!) So much of this work takes place in the kitchen but it's important to find that time to sit down at a computer and blog, correspond and even tweet! Her history of how she got started and established herself in the food world is quite interesting (and she chronicles this in her first essay/cookbook: In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite).
Most importantly, she talked about working for free. No longer are we in the times of the $2/word magazine columns or articles. People expect you to work freely for 'exposure.' Bottom line: if the opportunity is worthwhile and will give you excellent experience, do it. Therefore, I'm excited to let you know that in addition to my private chef and recipe testing work, Whole Foods Market Cooking has accepted my application to be an editorial intern! You may notice this site looks very familiar to Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs' Food52. That's because they are in collaboration with each other. Very exciting! I'll be sure to post links in the future.
After a trip to the West Coast (and a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse!) I was in need of some majorly healthy food once I got home, even though I ate quite well while there (although I think my husband subsisted on sausages, hamburgers and salted peanuts). I prepared the meal you see pictured above. We ate pan sauteed salmon filets which were marinated in green harissa. I then made one of our favorites: onion, chickpeas and curry powder simmered with chopped tomatoes and chicken stock. I then wilt in as much spinach and kale leaves as I can and top the whole thing with Greek yogurt and whatever nuts we have on hand. It's not really a soup or stew or even a salad - but it's delicious, warming and good for you.
We then had braised radishes. Odd, I know! But they were delicious and gorgeous on the plate. I had two bunches in my fridge and needed to find a way to eat them all at once. Molly from Orangette has a fabulous recipe that works like a charm. They lose their spicy sharpness as they braise and become meltingly mellow, mild and sweet. The texture resembled boiled turnips. They taste creamy and are an excellent and unusual side dish for fish or chicken. Try them!