Once my grandmother made a cake in the shape of a lamb for Easter. It had coconut flakes for its coat and jelly bean eyes; I remember thinking this was the greatest things ever cooked in oven. The taste was what dreams are made of. She also could make a German chocolate cake that was so spectacular it could bring you to tears. On the flip side, she would cook our thanksgiving turkey for 15 hours, rendering it shoe leather.
My mother can take 5 ingredients and whip up a Michelin star-worthy meal. She can bedazzle any ingredients and create magic. On her flip side, she can make biscuits that send you to the dentist for a new crown.
My dad makes a Black Forest Cherry cake that he puts so much effort into that for the curled chocolate, he whips out his favorite tool, the puddy knife, and carves perfect spirals for the outside of the cake.
My point here is that passion and great results go hand-in-hand when cooking and baking. My mother could care less about the perfect cookie, but her table is set to brilliance and her food is spectacular. My grandmother didn’t eat sugar. She put all her love for it into her baked goods for her family; her idea of a good dinner involved reservations. My dad is an engineer, so he is precise and accurate in his baking, which makes for a great baker.
This weeks In the Kitchen is all about what I love… cookbooks! They inspire, they teach, and, most of all, they make things attainable. When you are new to cooking, attainable and taste worthy are certainly the first step to passion.
Cheryl in our Mercantile department has made over 100 recipes using Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. She has passion for this book; you can see it when she brings something in that she has made. She would love to share it with you, so seek her out if you have any questions.
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals are sister cookbooks. Written by Alissa Segersten, a Washington local, is brilliant, with amazing gluten free recipes. Each of these books can be found upstairs in your mercantile department. They make great gifts too.
I hope you find your passion and play with your food!