Ratatouille by Julia Child

Honeybrook Farms, NJ

Honeybrook Farms, NJ

For someone who loves to cook, I don’t often follow recipes exactly.  I mean I use them all the time, but I tend to have a rather loose manner with them, altering them to my tastes or using my own experiences with a dish.  Except of course with baking.  Baking is a science and experimenting with it can have disastrous results. But in cooking I feel a bit more confident, and use recipes more to educate myself on a technique, or flavor ideas. There are exceptions to this rule of course, and one of them is trying to cook a specific dish from “Mastering The Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child.  You don’t mess with Julia’s way of doing things…. 

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Why is it called Chicken Pot Pie?

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Just one of those culinary questions I have.  I mean why is it called POT pie?  It’s a “pie”.  Is it because it is made IN a pot? In that case shouldn’t most things have the term “pot” in the description? It confounds me.  These are the things that keep me up at night.

I know I know….I need a life.

But if I had a social life and other things to occupy my brain other than food and cooking, my family wouldn’t be eating half as well.  That and Mama Sis wouldn’t be complaining she has put on weight – like 2 or 3 pounds – get over it! (she has always been the “skinny” sister.)

So I did what any mildly culinary obsessed person would do.  Googled it…. 

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Overnight Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

I have been making Overnight Tomatoes for years now.  So long I don’t need to look at a recipe. Of course the recipe is so simple I memorized it after the first time, and you will as well.

It’s important to note that I did NOT make this recipe up.  I have made little changes at times, but the original recipe (named Moonblush tomatoes) is from the cookbook “Nigella Express” by Nigella Lawson. I dig Nigella.  Maybe it’s that even though she is beautiful, she seems so normal.  Maybe it’s the accent….whatever it is I asked for and I received that cookbook many years ago as a christmas gift and I am SO happy I got it back after the “great cookbook disappearance fiasco of 2012-2013″ .  There are a handful of recipes in the book I make time and again, along with many I have not tried.

Yet…. 

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Cooking The Books

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“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” 
~ Julia Child

True words Mrs. Child. Wether you have been educated in the finest culinary schools in the world, or just cook daily at home, you must practice in order to be good, and that means you must COOK.  Some people say they “can’t cook” and you may be thinking “that’s me”  or “yeah Aunt Mary can’t boil water…”.  This could be true.   I could cook everyday and go to culinary school and never be an incredible chef like some I know.  I do believe that people are born with a predisposition towards culinary greatness.  It’s the same for anything.  A famous athlete.  A rocket scientist.  A surgeon.   Most people who are truly great at what they do, were blessed with a talent for it…. 

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