Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Homemade Life: I have been neglectful

Got some catching up to do. Those are Molly Wizenberg's lemon-ginger scones which we liked very much, though one member of the family spoke up against candied ginger.
I also made her uncle Arnold's cider-glazed salmon which was lovely and which I served for Sunday dinner with red cabbage salad. Wizenberg dresses this basic shredded salad with lemon and olive oil then tosses it with finely grated Parmesan. I did that and thought it needed a lot more oomph, so added large curls of Parmesan. Very, very tasty with adjustments.

Last night: Wizenberg's tomato soup with two fennels (fennel seeds and chopped fennel bulbs) served with bread and cheese. We ate a lot of bread and cheese. Sometimes the simplest ingredients come together to make miraculously delicious soup, and sometimes everything looks fine on paper, but never quite clicks. Such was the case with this soup, and it had something to do with using canned tomatoes as the base. I didn't feel like I was eating soup; I felt like I was eating hot canned tomatoes. Maybe because I was?


  1. I wish I could find a good tomato soup recipe. I once had a bowl at a restaurant that will forever live in legend as the best tomato soup that has ever, or will ever, be eaten. And I can't for the life of me figure out how to duplicate it.

  2. Wow. I don't know how I got lucky enough to find YOU, but what a great blog. I added you to my Google Reader immediately.

    When you make Molly's Dutch Babies for breakfast, please serve them with maple syrup. You will be in heaven.

    I'm s-l-o-w-l-y cooking my way through The Zuni Cafe Cookbook, which I HIGHLY recommend, if for nothing other than the roast chicken and bread salad recipe.

    I'll be back! Keep cooking and writing about it. Good one.

  3. Oh, no. You didn't like Happy All the Time or Shine On Bright and Dangerous Object?????

    Anna Quindlen said that many of the people in the books are based on people Laurie Colwin knew.

    I pass the street where she lived almost every day on my way to work.

  4. Victoria -- Bright and Dangerous Object is next on the list. I've liked everything I've read (Happy All The Time, Big Storm, Family Happiness), but haven't LOVED anything except the food books and Lone Pilgrim. I'm trying to figure her out! I would love to hear your thoughts.