Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I have probably told you countless times how I havent followed a recipe since I was probably a teenager, well that has not changed. I have read so many recipes in my life it is hard for me to convey that fact. I have over 50 cookbooks, several cooking encyclopedias and two Larousse Gastronomiques (old one and a new one) and stacks of mushroom reference books- I have been a 'foodie' since 1972. I can read the recipe off the back of a box of butter for cookies and have it memorized just that fast. So it isnt that I dont use recipes its that I dont need them to make delicious foods - I am an ingredient based cook and I let the food talk to me. In my teens I would hunt and fish a lot and cook whatever it is I hunted or fished. Quail, pheasant, catfish, deer, crayfish, trout (rainbow and cut throat) were always on my plate. When I was in my early twenties my specialty was homemade pasta dishes and of course chile (New Mexico, what can I say)- I have had my pasta maker since I was 21 years old - the same one. I only recently acquired the attachments for the Kitchenaid so now the whole pasta process is electric. Mid-twenties I moved to NY and I started getting into Mediterranean dishes heavy on the seafood, and of course chile (you can take me out of New Mexico but you cant take New Mexico out of me) So the recipe index in my brain has grown exponentially over the years and now add in all the food blogs I read and the food possibilities are endless.
A few days ago I made some blackened cod roe as an appetizer.
I havent been cooking much this week due to family being in town so I am starting to get anxious plus add this to the economic downturn and I havent been cooking for anyone else this week either. I have ants in my cooking pants. Stay tuned I have some fantastic dishes coming up showcasing truffles and truffle oil in all its glory, the Permit fish gets grilled and a brie gets special treatment all highlighting the fantastic spring vegetables we have available. You cant be more anxious than I am.
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 3:10 PM