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Friday, January 1, 2010

Blue Willow Inn.........a cooking review

I've done it.........I have made my decision on which cookbook I want to work out of this year.
Watching the move Julie and Julia, inspired me, but also got me to thinking ..........does one ever cook more than a handful of dishes from one cookbook...........or to further ask, does one prepare every recipe from one cookbook? I know I don't. And I don't know why.......cookbooks are tools that should be used all of the time.......I have a wonderful collection of cookbooks, but have only read through most of them....loving them and thinking, I'll make that later......but never do. So I have decided, to choose a cookbook,The Blue Willow Inn, that fits my family's palette and budget. The dishes are more common to my family....with some a little different and intriguing to try. During this period, I will let you know which dishes I am making and what the results were along with interesting history about the Blue Willow Inn and of course a recipe or two. I'm not planning on a daily ritual like the movie shows, but I am planning to make different recipes out of this book to go along with our weekly meals. I will post about these as I go.
Now, how about you? Have you ever cooked your way through a cookbook? If you did, did you enjoy the journey? I would love to hear!
For our New Year Eve party platter, I made the usual treats and appetisers, but once again, the movie made me want to try Bruschetta..................which is now my favorite thing to make. I think I could actually have this for my lunch every day !
1 lb ripe grape tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 loaf crusty French bread, sliced 3/4 inch thick (or italian)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
1/4-1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces parmesan cheese, shaved
Mix tomatoes and basil together and season with salt and pepper.
Set aside.
Fry Bread: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in frying pan and fry bread until golden brown on both side.
Remove and drain on paper towel.
Rub one side with garlic clove.
Drain the tomato-basil mixture of excess liquid and spoon on to each slice of bread.
Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

Good for you, Kathleen!! I have heard and read about people taking the same challenge after seeing the movie (I haven't seen it yet).
That looks like a good cookbook to use for your adventure!
I look forward to seeing what you make and how it all turns out.... oh, and that bruschetta looks so yummy!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Happy New Year! I have never cooked my way through a cookbook although I do have some I really like. I'm looking forward to seeing what recipes you are going to do. Bruschetta is very yummy! We often make those in the summertime.