Saturday, October 3, 2009


It's a rainy, weird Saturday and I have positioned myself comfortably on the couch and have delved into my cookbook collection for tips and inspiration. A perfect way to spend this day... Bob Dylan records & cookbooks.

I'd like to share one of my favorite cookbooks...Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites. Located in downtown Ithaca, NY, Moosewood Restaurant has operated successfully for thirty-three years and has been acclaimed as a driving force in the world of creative vegetarian cooking. The Moosewood Collective is a crew of 14 women and 5 men and in addition to running the Restaurant, they have authored 11 cookbooks; I own 2 and I swear by them.

Anyway, I decided I needed some comfort food today (it was a late one last night!). It was a tough decision, but I opted for the Squash & Kale Risotto, page 192. To quote Moosewood, "Risottos are often considered intimidating for the less experienced cook, and that's a shame. After you've made risotto once or twice, you'll see how easy it is to prepare." SO TRUE! It takes more attention and time than other grains, but it is the process of the continuous stirring and addition of the liquid that allows for risotto's characteristic creaminess.

The dish turned out great. Here are some photos:

These books have inspired me and I know they will inspire you too.

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