Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sheldon's Lunch

I have just recently come to the realization that my love for cookbooks started a young age. One of my favorite books as a child was Sheldon's Lunch by Bruce Lemerise. One of the reasons I loved this book so was because at the back there was a recipe for blueberry pancakes. I must have thought this was an oddity or something spectacular and difficult to make because I do remember showing it to my mom and asking if we could make them. She made pancakes a lot for us when I was growing up. We would even get the occasional "Mickey Mouse" pancake. (Mine always had raisins for the eyes and mouth. Yes, I love raisins in my pancake.) Knowing what I know now blueberries wasn't really mixing it up any.

Now as a parent I find myself very busy and rarely have time to read anything other than the books my son brings to me when he wants to crawl on my lap and listen to me read. It takes a lot to keep my attention these days too, so that could be part of the reason I seldom make time. I tend to start novel and get 3/4's of the way thru them and I just put the book down, never to be touched again. This is not the case with a cookbook though. I rarely find a cookbook I don't like. I have tons of them and some I have never cooked from. But I love thumbing thru them and reading the recipes and imagining the possibilities. Currently I am reading Jamie's Food Revoloution. I love his show on the Food Network and I caught a few of the episodes from his show here in the U.S. I recommend you pick up the book. The recipes are great and there are lots that I intend to make. I love what he's trying to do with this book. We should all take heed and follow his words.

Now for the quick and easy cherry tomato salad that I had for supper tonight. I visited my sister in Raleigh this past weekend and she took me to the farmer's market there where we had breakfast and then browsed while sipping a muscadine slushy. I picked up these orange and red tomatoes there. The basil is from my herb garden. I love finding different things to put my herbs in.

Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
Olive Oil
Red Wine vinegar
basil chiffonade
salt and pepper

I didn't measure. Just put everything in a bowl mixing to your tastes and then enjoy.

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