I am a cookbook geek. Cookbooks often litter the surfaces
of my home. Bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen…I am
constantly perusing and leaving them behind. This weekend, as
I was cleaning the kitchen, I gathered up my current inspirations
in an effort to regroup and de-clutter.
This is where I have been finding my inspiration, right
here. The pyramid of books. I suppose it is sort of
intimate, like inviting you all over for dinner. These books
have been arousing the inner cook in me to create delectable
feasts, often referred to in our home as “supper”.
As you are gazing over the titles, you will notice right there
at the top, Amy Pennington’s, “urban pantry”. A witty
food writer for the magazine, Edible Seattle, urban
gardener extraordinaire, author, and local food champion, Amy is
coming to spend an afternoon in Kitsap folks! She
will be the keynote speaker and local food cheerleader at The West Sound
Small Farms Expo that Diane and I have been working on.
Talk is cheap, so I decided to give one of her recipes a whirl
last Saturday morning. “Spiced Yogurt Chicken” was the recipe
that leapt out at me as I had been thawing one of our chickens
in the refrigerator and didn’t want to cook the same ol’ roast
chicken. I went to work like all get out as
my children’s eyes grew wider. Cutting up a whole chicken has
that effect on them. And then, letting them smell each spice
before I added it to the chicken, their eyes nearly glazed
over. Together we created a culinary prize!
LOOK at all of that spice people! Coriander,
cinnamon, and chicken…OH MY! And that was it, rubbed it all
together and threw it into the fridge while we ran errands,
cleaned house, folded laundry… you know, “Saturday Stuff”.
Popped it in the oven and presto!
We devoured it and the truth is, I honestly can’t remember what
I served it with. It was THAT good! Amy will have books
for sale and will be signing them at “the Expo”. She will
also be presenting a breakout session on building your very own
urban pantry. It will be a day you certainly won’t want to