Had a wonderful, wonderful time in East Tennessee (Knoxville, Sweetwater, Kingston & Ten Mile) on my Kitchen Daughter trip -- and now I'm off again! This time to a writers' retreat all the way on the West Coast. The timing works out nicely, since I got to focus for a few days on being outgoing, promotional, and all about The Kitchen Daughter... and now I get to focus for a few days on being reflective, creative, and all about working on the next book.
So, no more posts this week, but I'll be back next week to check in and tell you some very exciting news about a particular magazine I love that just happened to publish something of mine in their most recent issue. Stay tuned!
I have a recipe problem. The problem is this: I read so many food blogs and magazines that I will often suddenly be struck with the desire to make a particular dish, realize that I read a recipe for it about a week before, and then... realize that I have absolutely no idea where I read that recipe or how to find it again.
This summer, that happened with a salad made of unripe peaches. I wanted it. I craved it. I was at a loss. So I turned, as I do in these situations, to Twitter.
And miraculously, the cookbook author Melissa Clark offered to send me a recipe from her book Cook This Now, which wasn't even coming out til October. Guess what? Now that it's October, I can tell you about this salad, since now you can go buy your own copy of Cook This Now and get the recipe.
I made it with nectarines:
And then again with white peaches:
And it was just perfect on the side of a nice shrimp saute with bacon and scallions.
It's a not-quite-sweet, not-quite-savory mix of ingredients, since the peaches/nectarines are unripe enough to be hard, and there's olive oil, and there's basil. And what else? Well, if you're craving the salad, now at least you know where to find the recipe.
I've been traveling about once a month for events related to The Kitchen Daughter, and lo and behold, it's almost time for another trip. I'll be in Eastern Tennessee -- specifically, the Knoxville area -- for several days next weekend. Events include bookstore and library readings as well as a tasting tea and a tasting luncheon, and proceeds from the ticketed events will go to the Autism Society of America East Tennessee chapter.
Been a little quiet here lately, for which I apologize -- trying to get out from under a bad cold. I hate this kind of sickness, where my head is just cloudy enough to sllllow everythinnnnng dowwwwwn. Blech.
But the good news is, I'd already put a chicken in brine for Saturday night's dinner before my health took a turn for the worse, so that roast chicken gave us not only a full meal for Saturday night and snacks on Sunday, but enough homemade stock and shredded meat for a Monday lunch of spicy, rich, savory, sinus-clearing chicken noodle soup.
Recipe-like list of stuff for two large servings:
3 cups of chicken stock
half a package of rice noodles (I like a very noodle-y soup)
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
3 scallions, sliced
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 tsp powdered ginger
a few splashes of soy sauce
a little lemon juice
a big glob of sambal oelek (or sriracha, or Tabasco, or something else for HEAT)
1 star anise (don't forget to remove before eating)
Ah. Yes. Breathe in the steam. Slurp up the noodles. Don't leave any of the broth. And get some rest!
My post for the month is up today at Writer Unboxed, advising writers on what to do in the face of inevitable setbacks. In general I advocate being positive, but what do you do when that's not enough? You take action, of course.