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Stanley

Back In The Saddle Again

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been completely out of it and unable to post anything for a couple of weeks. But I’m feeling much better. Many thanks for all the well wishes! I truly appreciated each one.

So, I return to work tomorrow (Tuesday) and I’m so glad to be getting out of my apartment. Cabin fever is not a pretty thing after two and a half weeks. I was beginning to look like Howard Hughes with tissue boxes on my feet.

To honor my return I bring to you a classic in the cookbook department. This is ONE book any cook, or would be cook, should have in the kitchen. It came out in 2000 and I’m only now just discovering this one. How did I miss it?!

How to Cook Without a Book: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart by Pam Anderson.

Hardcover, $26.00

ISBN-10: 0767902793

ISBN-13: 978-0767902793

This is a handy book. It gives you the basics, tells you what to stock in your pantry. It shows you how to do everything you can imagine, I mean the standards, and then offers ways to improvise on those dishes. Like roasting a chicken. Did you know you can butterfly the chicken (cutting it down the backbone), lie it flat on a roasting pan and have a roasted chicken in 45 minutes. Half the time of a whole bird! Awesome! And did you know there’s a Kosher meat counter at the Price Chopper on Central Avenue in Albany where you can get great chickens? Okay, THAT’S not in the book, I just threw that in there for the sake of decent chickens everywhere! But really, this is a great gift book for the newlywed, the single and adventurous, and the old hand in the kitchen. There’s even a great recipe for risotto made from orzo. I’ve already given several away as gifts. I love this book. It’s good reading for those moments when you don’t feel like cooking.

See you in the store.

It’s good to be back.

4 Responses to “Back In The Saddle Again”

  1. Susan Taylor →
    January 24, 2007 at 11:04 am #

    Welcome back, Stanley!

    I have this book, but I haven’t read it yet–I guess I should settle down and get to it.

  2. Susan Taylor →
    January 24, 2007 at 11:04 am #

    Welcome back, Stanley!

    I have this book, but I haven’t read it yet–I guess I should settle down and get to it.

  3. Melissa Mykal →
    January 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    It great to have you back. I’ll need to pick this one up, so I’ll be seeing you early next week. ;-)

  4. Melissa Mykal →
    January 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    It great to have you back. I’ll need to pick this one up, so I’ll be seeing you early next week. ;-)