Posted in book reviews (all genres), cookbooks, nonfiction monday, sides, salads, and appetizers, tagged book reviews, cookbooks, dairy free, egg free, food, food allergies, frances park, ginger park, pasta, recipes, salad on August 26, 2013 |
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Recently, Mr. Cornelius and I finally made one of the recipes from the Park Sisters’ new cookbook, Allergies, Away!: Creative Eats and Mouthwatering Treats for Kids Allergic to Nuts, Dairy, and Eggs (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013).
We wanted to whet your appetite for their upcoming visit next month and share a few details about their mouthwatering, kid-friendly collection of 70+ recipes — dishes your entire family can enjoy making and eating, whether they have food allergies or not.
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If you remember when Frances and Ginger stopped by to tell us about their beautifully written, heartfelt memoir (Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could, 2011), you know that they own Washington, D.C.’s, premier chocolate boutique. Imagine how disheartening it must have been when they discovered that Ginger’s one-year-old son, Justin, had severe food allergies, making it too risky for him to even visit their shop!
When Ginger was pregnant, everyone assumed her child would be the proverbial “kid in a candy store.” Though Justin had to stay far away from chocolate covered peanuts, he did grow up eating a nice variety of tasty, nutritious meals and snacks, thanks to the conscientious, resourceful efforts of his mother and aunt.
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Posted in picture books, sides, salads, and appetizers, tagged books, jorge argueta, picture books, reading, tara lazar, vegetable gardens, veggietorials on June 4, 2013 |
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Everything’s green and growing, and good things are happening . . .
1. Big Congratulations to Jorge Argueta and Margarita Sada for winning an International Latino Book Award for Guacamole: A Cooking Poem! The award was given for best Children’s Fiction Picture Book (Bilingual). Most of you know how much I love Jorge’s Cooking Poem series, and I’m sooooo glad to see a poetry book win in this category. Read my interview with Jorge to find out more about Guacamole.
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2. Happy Happy Book Birthday to Tara Lazar!!! Her debut picture book illustrated by James Burks, The Monstore (Aladdin/S&S, 2013), is officially out today!! Finally, finally, I’ll know just where to shop for all my monsterly needs. Sounds like such a wild and funny book — can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy. You can learn more by reading Tara’s recent interviews at Literary Friendships and Watch. Connect. Read.
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3. Since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, we’re featuring several of Cris Arbo’s beautiful illustrations from What’s in the Garden? (Dawn Publications, 2013) in our blog header. Can’t wait to tell you more about this delicious book in my Poetry Friday post!
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4. Speaking of fresh veggies, I can’t wait to try this recipe for Asparagus Frittata, charmingly illustrated by Aliona Bereghici. Aliona’s recipe was selected as They Draw & Cook’s favorite for May 2013.
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5. Finally, have you ever tried to grow a vegetable garden from kitchen scraps? The only thing I’ve ever done involved an avocado pit mounted on toothpicks. Check out this thoroughly cool video created by my niece Cobi at Veggietorials.com for some great ideas, and be sure to read her corresponding blog post for more detailed instructions.
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Know what else is good about June? Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday is on the 18th — he’s going to be 71!
“So if I’m cooking, I’ll be steaming vegetables, making salad, that kind of stuff.”
Copyright © 2013 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.
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Posted in cookbooks, main dish recipes, sides, salads, and appetizers, weekend cooking, tagged apples, cooking, food, hanukkah, holidays, jewish holidays, latkes, potato pancakes, recipes, sweet potatoes, vegetarian recipes on December 10, 2012 |
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Oy! It’s Hanukkah already and though I’ve been waiting patiently for a nice Jewish grandmother to adopt me, she hasn’t come forward yet. Cornelius suggested we should just go ahead and make our own latkes while we’re waiting.
Mmmm, latkes — the mere thought of crisp, golden potato pancakes with dabs of sour cream and applesauce makes my mouth water. I can picture mothers and grandmothers busy in the kitchen preparing their special recipes for loved ones, happy families gathered around the table eager to try the latkes first despite all the other delicious dishes being served. And why not? Latkes are irresistible and so comforting, a perfect ode to oil for the Festival of Lights!
Since I really wanted to impress any grandmotherly prospects, I decided to forego the classic white potatoes recipe in favor of something a little different. Actually, I got a special request from poet friend Gail Gerwin to share the Sweet Potato-Apple Latkes recipe from The Apple Lover’s Cookbook which I reviewed recently. I was only too happy to oblige, despite the fact that Gail is too young to be my grandmother (she’s a terrific cook, though, if you remember the delicious Stuffed Cabbage she made for Passover Seder this past April).
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Posted in foodie field trips, sides, salads, and appetizers, Uncategorized, weekend cooking, tagged farm markets, food, fruits, recipes, summer, tomatoes, vegetables, virginia on June 6, 2012 |
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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!
Have you been to your local farmer’s market yet?
Here’s what we saw on a recent trip to Reston Farm Market:
A Few Take-aways:
- Flower vendors are kind and seem to smile more. Bunches of lavender = a dream of Provence.
- Giant zucchini prove that bigger is not always better.
- Clowns making balloon animals do not like to be photographed when they are coughing.
- Eek, leeks!
- My love is like a red, red raspberry.
- 100 Bowls of Soup! Ginger carrot is quite refreshing.
- Squash multiply like rabbits. It is highly likely they will take over the world.
- Hooray for samples: salsa, cherries, cucumber, strawberries, tomatoes!
- I don’t care what you say. Cucumbers standing up are obscene.
- Rubbery green beans. Boing!
- Mmmm, whoopie pies! Pause to worship at the altar of baked goods.
- Lettuce entertain you.
So what did we buy? Basil, rosemary and parsley plants. Ravishing raspberries. Cranberry orange scones, apricot linzer cookies, triple chocolate rockies. Vine ripened tomatoes, blushing with vibrant color and oozing summer flavor.
Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you . . .
Brought home these babies and had a little Insalata Caprese for lunch. So easy to prepare, wholly satisfying, and quintessentially summer: sliced tomatoes at their peak ripeness, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves seasoned with Fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top. Magnificent in its simplicity, laid back and luscious, with each unadorned flavor taking center stage without an ounce of competition. Ti amo! Ti desidero!
*kisses bunched fingertips*
What summer fruits and veggies are you most looking forward to eating?
*swoons and dreams of tooling around Capri on a Vespa with Al Pacino.*
This post is linked to Beth Fish Read’s Weekend Cooking, where all are invited to share food-related posts (fiction/nonfiction/cookbook/movie reviews, recipes, musings, photos). Put on your bibs and join the fun!
Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.
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