Love and food

I know I have not written in a while.  The reason is that my oldest daughter just left for a year in Taiwan and it is not easy for this full-time mom to adjust to my babies leaving the nest for so long.

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I knew for a long time that she’d travel the world and I’m SUPER proud of her.  It’s exciting to see the child you raised, the one who turned her nose up at any food other than chicken nuggets, the one who swore she’d bring her sister with her to cook for her, begin to develop amazing skills and a very “adventurous palate”, as a dear friend once said.   She’s already been sending pictures of the fun new things she’s tried, such as bitter melon!  So I am looking forward to all the things she’ll experience and the woman she’ll become, but it’s still hard.

So now, my next step is saying goodbye to my youngest, a delightful and fun young man who starts college in only a few days.  Happily for me, he will only be about an hour and a half away.  He is my last to leave home.  My middle daughter pretty much lives in her college town for most of the year and it is also, fortunately, close enough for home visits, when they need a bit of pampering or, as this weekend, when mom needs a bit of comforting.

The good news is that I took a dream job working as Sur la Table and I start in a few weeks.  Is there any better place for a person who loves to cook than Sur la Table?  I’m sure I’ll be posting about my adventures there shortly.

Thank you for being patient and sticking by me.  I’m sure to adjust and get back to cooking very soon!

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On Facebook, Friendship and Food

Facebook is one of those things with which people have a love/hate relationship.  I happen to love it most days.  It keeps me young, for one thing.  Having friends from all age groups helps one see things from another perspective, and I have made many connections with others who have become close friends, even though we have never met face to face.   In general, I find it to be a great thing!

One of those facebook friends knows I enjoy cooking and reading.  She decided to indulge both my favorite things and gifted me this lovely book, Texas, The Beautiful Cookbook, and it really is beautiful!

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This incredible book is full of information, the most beautiful pictures and some fun recipes, all to give me the feel of life in Texas.  I have never been to that part of the country, so I was thrilled to turn each page!

And of course, what does one do when one gets a new cookbook?  You frantically look through the house to see if you have ingredients to make anything right then and there!

I had some fresh cantaloupe, cut up for snacking, which, of course, I never snack on, preferring something rather more unhealthy and fun, so I used the fruit to make a recipe called Aquas Frescas.  It’s nice because it’s just whatever fruit you have in a blender with lime juice and a touch of sugar.  WOW!  So delicious!  I brought it to a friends house for a party and I recommended that one could add a bit of sparkling wine to it, just to be a bit more festive!

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I’ll be scanning this lovely coffee table book for weeks, and adding to my knowledge of lovely Texas as I do and as always,

Let me feed you!

Trying Amaranth

Do you have a list of foods to try?  You should!  Life is so interesting when you experience new flavors.  My list consists of a few new things, one of which was Amaranth.  Amaranth is not actually a grain, it’s a seed.  It’s an ancient one too, popular with the Aztecs.  Amaranth has many nutritional benefits, it’s actually gluten-free and protein-rich, not to mention high in fiber.  Most Americans do not get even close to the recommended fiber in their diets. 

You can use this flour by replacing 1/4 of your regular flour in recipes.  I found this recipe on the Whole Foods website. I made this Amaranth Banana Bread and it turned out great.

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However, if I’m going to be honest and of course, I am, the flavor is well, different.  Not bad, really, but it takes a bit of getting used to.  It’s described on sites as mild, sweet, nutty, and malt like .

I guess I’d agree about the malt-like, but I’d also add it’s a bit grassy tasting.  Like I said, not bad, sort of reminiscent of green tea. My husband, who is a fan of banana bread is not willing to try this one!!  However, I’m definitely going to try amaranth in more recipes.  The benefits of experimenting with different flours are many, so why not add some to your diet too?

Come on over and try my grassy, nutty banana bread!!  Tell me what you think and let me feed you!