Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Thyme and cornmeal

Do you listen to Splendid Table on your local NPR station? For me it was like discovering an old cable series now available on Netflix. Their e-newsletter for this week had this advice:

"Instead of making yet another new year's resolution aimed at self-improvement, consider what Sally Swift, the managing producer of The Splendid Table, often does. She picks a cookbook that's new to her and cooks her way through it during the coming year. She says it's a fun and simple way to learn a new cuisine. Select the book, stock your pantry with the staples unique to the cuisine you'll be "studying" and you're good to go. I love this idea!"

This worked out so well over the Summer with David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. I may try an Indian book. Today I began my journey through the 2006 Martha Holiday Cookies magazine. (I think this is the issue they turned into a cookie book.) This is what you can make with some raggedy old thyme from your yard and a handfull of currants. They are wonderful.


tut-tut said...

I love Lynne Rossetto Kasper's voice; I have to tune in on Sunday afternoons over the Internet to hear.

My moderation word is milly . . . as in thoroughly modern?

LynS said...

Have you read 'Julie and Julia' in which a young woman with a tiny kitchen in New York cooks her way through Julia Child's iconic 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'? Readers' opinions on it are very varied, but I loved it. But then, I love hearing about obsessive enterprises.

Sel and Poivre said...

That is such a wonderful idea! I have done a variation on it - exploring one type of food basically between New Year's and Spring's first fresh produce and we always feature the food in focus on Friday night.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I love the Spendid Table. I miss it for weeks on end, and then gorge myself on the podcast. She has the most marvelous radio voice ever.

Barbara said...

All the thyme in my yard is frozen solid. Yummy looking scones, tho.

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