For January, I cooked through both Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, and Family Table by Shaye Elliott. I am not a follower of recipes in general, but when I do follow one, I want to trust that its author knew what he or she was doing. Few cookbooks are written wisely, skillfully, delightfully, and deliver [...]
What: Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Coconut and Yogurt Where: Family Table Who: Shaye Elliott This little salad is a gem. Sweet from raw honey, tart from apple and lemon, creamy from yogurt, spicy from cinnamon, crunchy from almonds, and roasty from toasted coconut. Nothing exotic or profound here, just a wonderful, wonderful marriage of [...]
What: Sesame-Crusted Orange Chicken Salad Where: Family Table Who: Shaye Elliott This salad is truly a worthy go-to. It is luscious and fresh and satisfying. That being said, when first I made it, I expected orange. It was there, but it was very subtle. So I make some alterations in my own practice of this [...]
What: Shredded Barbecue Beef Sandwiches Where: Family Table Who: Shaye Elliott This recipe is flawless. Sweet, tangy, spicy-enough. Just right in every way. And it's for a slow cooker. I used a 4-pound chuck roast. Elliott calls for cooking it low and slow for 8 hours. This is preferable. But I was in more of [...]
What: Creamy Carrot Soup Where: Family Table Who: Shaye Elliott This diminutive recipe glorifies the humble carrot. The flavors do unfold gently on the tongue, so do not expect a wow-factor. It is first fresh and delicate, then sweet and buttery, then slightly savory with a subtle nod to the onion and fresh thyme. Expect simplicity. Train your [...]
In the kitchen today, I made Shaye Elliott's Paprika and Rosemary Roasted Chicken from her cookbook, Family Table. You can also purchase it from her blog, The Elliott Homestead, here. (Family Table was my cookbook selection for January 2017, in addition to Jerusalem). Shaye grows all her own produce and raises all her own meat. Her cookbook is not fussy. [...]
I was too eager for these both, so I picked two for the month of January. And, Shaye Elliott's Family Table I'll be listing the stand-out recipes from these two cookbooks at the end of January.