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Pierre Hermé’s Traveling “Tango”

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I thought I’d take a break from posting photos of our trip to Paris to give those who would rather look at food a break.  It’s only fair, I guess, after holding everyone captive with my vacation photos. But I will warn you this is still connected to Paris in a six degrees of separation sort of way.  It’s about dessert, and it’s about French dessert in particular.  French pastry from the French “Picasso of Pastry,” Pierre Hermé.  I thought my sampling of beautiful pastry in Paris was lacking so ordered his book, Pastries  as soon as we arrived home.

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Simple Daily Recipes: Readers’ Favorite Recipes — An eCookbook Review

I have always wanted to cook.

Whether it was the simple family recipes my mother showed me how to make when I was very young, or something new I found in her Betty Crocker cookbook and decided to try on my own, I was always interested.  As much as I followed my mother’s recipes fairly closely when I made them, I couldn’t resist trying a new ingredient or two when each dish showed up in our weekly rotation.  I never veered too far off the path, because we didn’t have the pantry to support that kind of diversion — and I think I may not have wanted to risk the wrath of my unpredictable step-father by ruining a meal and having to waste food. But that’s another story.

When I was a young mother of 24, I remember that cooking helped keep my wits about me.  I loved my two little boys intensely but remember feeling at times like I’d lost touch with the world in general.  Many years before the Internet existed, even local telephone calls accrued long distance charges, and our television antenna afforded us three channels with reasonably good reception if I was able to twist the antenna to just the right position.  I remember being incredibly lonely.   To keep my brain occupied, I dug into the few magazine subscriptions I kept to try new recipes.

Although most of the recipes I tried came from Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal, the recipes in Food & Wine are what intrigued me.  The mix of ingredients — many I hadn’t heard of and doubted I could find at my local market — sounded exotic.  The recipes seemed well beyond my ability as well, so I can remember being frustrated by not being able to try more of them and actually wondered, who really ate like that?

Years have gone by, and thankfully, I am now able to get just about any ingredient I want for any recipe I’d like to try.  With much trial and error, and a sense of adventure, I have developed my cooking and baking skills and will continue to do so.  That doesn’t mean we don’t eat simply, because we do.  The type of food and recipes I was raised on, and to a lesser extent, raised my three sons with will always be a part of how we eat.  It isn’t always complicated or what some may call fancy, but the ingredients are always wholesome, fresh, and as much as possible, the food I make is “from scratch.”

It makes sense, then, that when Jill Mc Keever of Simple Daily Recipesa friend I met through blogging years ago announced the newly published compilation of her food blog readers’ favorite recipes, I knew I had to check it out.  Not only have I been interested in the idea of self-published books in general, I wanted to be able to help get the word out about Jill’s new eCookbook, Simple Daily Recipes:  Readers’ Favorite Recipes which is available at iTunes.

I read through all the recipes on a quiet Saturday morning with coffee on my iPad– something not too unusual since I read cookbooks and food magazines like novels and often far more quickly.  Immediately, I was reminded of the recipes I grew up with — busy family, easy to make, wholesome recipes made with ingredients a home cook has on hand.  I also realized the book exudes Jill’s energy and engaging personality.  The recipes are primarily organized by main dinner courses featuring poultry or seafood, for example.  There’s also a chapter that includes rubs and marinades.  Bright photos of process and finished product fill the book.  It’s important to read the “Keep in Mind” section where Jill explains her decision to use liquid aminos instead of salt and low-fat margarine instead of butter.  We all have particular needs or preferences for basic ingredients and although I use neither, a bit of olive oil and pinch of salt work fine for me and are easily substituted in these recipes.  It’s rare that I made a recipe with my own little preferences, so this was no different.

As I read through the recipes, I wondered what would I sample first.  The “Smoky Sweet Rub” recipe since our summer is finally showing itself?  The “Kale, Sausage & Tomatoes with Pasta” reminded me of my mother’s “Goulash” so that got my attention as well.  “Beef Ragout” is earmarked as something I’ll try when the weather accommodates it because I’m a sucker for beef braised in red wine.  But I decided the “Chicken with Tomatoes and Zucchini” was what I’d try first.  It sounded like a pretty lean dish with lots of flavor and I knew the guys would like it.

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Gordon Ramsay: Who wins a piece.

Okay, so I lied.  It's clearly no longer the weekend and I know I promised to get this post taken care of Sunday.  But somehow the weekend came and went.  Or got up and left.  Between enjoying the weather here — no longer blistering hot, and lots of gorgeous clear, windy days — and trying to get the house clean, I never quite ended up at my Mac.  Definitely not the norm.  So apologies are in order, but so are thanks to the following people who so kindly helped my comment box feel loved for the past month!

I completely appreciate the time you took to stop by and comment this past month!
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What's Cooking?
 A Duck in Her Pond
Andrea's Recipes
 Coco Cooks
 Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
 My Kitchen In Half Cups
Fearless Kitchen
Taste and Tell
A Southern Grace
more than flashing lights and sound
 Apple Pie, Patis, & Pate
Dishing Up Delights
   Equal Opportunity Kitchen
   Inn Cuisine
 Pink Bites
Zoe Bakes
The Knead for Bread
   Noble Pig
 Everyday Cookin'
The Constables' Larder
Bake My Day
 Flagrante Delicia
Thyme for Cooking
 Under the Tamarind Trees
  Fun & Food Cafe
  Slice of Sueshe
 …angry asian creations…
 Mrs Ergul in the Kitchen
Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy
Elle's New England Kitchen
I'll Eat You
My Sweet and Saucy
 Bleeding Espresso
Nik Snacks
 A Year From Oak Cottage
Passionate About Baking
Eating Club Vancouver
  80 Breakfasts
  Oak Monster's Den
 Dog Hill Kitchen
Dhanggit's Kitchen
Clumbsy Cookie
  Wild Yeast
   Bren's FlaNboyant Eats
 Dinner & Dessert
Sugar Plum
Tasty Thoughts
 Rhyme & Raisin
Wish I Were Baking
 Vin de la Table
Cooking Books
  [No Recipes]
  Jadewicks Home Goodness
 Pinch My Salt
 The Kittalog
  Noob Cook
 Carmen Cooks
 The Hungry Mouse
The Peanut Butter Boy
Vanilla Sugar
 The Mental Pause Chronicles
  Celiac Teen
 Steamy Kitchen
 3 B's…Baseball, Baking, & Books
 Sweet and Low
 Emerald City
 In my Kitchen
 Cook Think
  Sleeping Bear in the Kitchen
Diary of a Glad Housewife
 Sweets by Sarah
What's for Lunch, Honey?
My Diverse Kitchen
   All Things Edible
 No Fear Entertaining
  Butter & Sugar
Technicolor Kitchen
  Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness
 Living in the Kitchen with Puppies
 Half Baked
Wives with Knives
Amanda's Cookin'
 Simple Daily Recipes
Okara Mountain
Mimi on the Move
Culinary Adventures of a New Wife
  Mama Mia, Mea Culpa
  Gild the (Voodoo) Lily
  La Mia Cucina
  John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey
Once in a Blue Moon
  Bread Baby
 Baking Like Betty
  Chocolate Shavings
Karina's Kitchen
  Baking and Books

You are all eligible for the consolation prize of a "San Diego Foodie Care Package."  For each comment you made, you got a ticket in the "bag," which of course, increased your chances to win, right?

And the winner is…….. according to Randon Generator Blonde Duck of A Duck in Her Pond!  Yah-Hooo! 

Now for the party food!  There will be no yelling from Gordon tonight.  It's a perfect list for a perfect get together.  These individuals are eligible for Gordon Ramsay's Three Star Chef:

 Deeba of Passionate about Baking has bowled me over with a variety of Multi-grain Canapes that are amazing.  The flavors are tantalizing!

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Ben of What's Cooking? couldn't resist serving up Bean Salsa in Mini Tortilla Cups knowing that there's no way Gordon Ramsay would f#$%^&* yell at him over them.  No way.


Steph of orangehennesey has graciously sent us some avodado bliss in the form of guacamole.  I'm still dreaming of the beer battered avocados, though….



Grace of A Southern Grace just had to distract me with her Cold Tomato Soup with Basil made from some "maters" a buddy at work shared with her.  Refreshingly simple.


Dhanggit of Dhanggit's Kitchen has created a Chocolate Almond & Grape Foccacia.  Ahhh…sweet mystery of life, at last I've found you…


 Esi of Dishing Up Delights is sharing an elegant Easy Butternut Squash Soup with cumin and pine nuts…and spiked with cayenne.  Just perfect!


Andrea of Andrea's Recipes got my tastebuds all worked up with Grilled Chinese Eggplant with Garlic and Ginger Sauce.   If only my mother had known how to make eggplant like this.


Becke, the Columbus Foodie is wowing us all with Grilled Rainbow Trout with Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette and Black Beluga Lentils.  Definitely luscious, but she lets us know that doesn't mean complex.


Mansi of Fun & Food Cafe is sharing Espresso Brownies — a mouthful of chocolate, espresso, and wait…is that Kahlua?  Goodness.  I'd sneak a few of these out in my purse.


Haley of appoggiatura has delivered an elegant Key Lime Pie that will leave no one standing.  You already know what we think about Key Lime around here, right?  It's probably not appropriate to lick the pie pan, is it?


Michelle of ~ Foodie…Cook-ie ~ whipped up a Peanut Heaven cake to share.  Peanut butter Swiss buttercream?  Oh.  My.

Peanut Heaven

And a very special thanks to Nicisme of Cherrapeno who sent in some lovely chocolate and pistachio wedges.  But alas, they ended up in the spam folder and I didn't see them until it was brought to my attention today.  *hangs head in shame*  I seriously owe you when I hold my 200,000th visitor celebration.  Yes, when.  Not if. 

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And the grand winner of Gordon Ramsay's Three Star Cheff is…. Grace of A Southern Grace!  w00t!  I don't know but if Gordon even looked like he thought he might yell at Grace for anything, he'd be seriously sorry.  Right Grace?

Okay, everyone, clap!  Let's hear it for two lovely ladies who outdid themselves in sharing the blog love.  It does go to show you, however, that it does help statistically to have more than one chance in a drawing.  To figure out the winners, I assigned each comment a number (picture each commentor buying a raffle ticket for each of their comments), then told Random Generator to choose a number between 1 and 276 for the consolation prize, and 1 and 44 for the grand prize.  See?


Blissfully Delish: Gordon Ramsay Three Star Chef

Not too long ago, I was invited to participate as contributing writer for the fabulous Blissfully Domestic, sharing all things food, of course.  In fact, tomorrow, my first article will be published on the Blissfully Delish channel with many more to come along with other great foodie contributors.  If you haven’t had time to visit this amazing website, then you need to get on over there.  Whether it’s information about photography, or personal finance, homeschooling, or health, you’re bound to find much that will catch your eye.  I never cease to be amazed at the talent of people I meet on the Internet and the communities that develop as a result of their creativity and hard work.  I know you’ll agree!

Here’s something else you may be interested in.  Sass & Veracity will soon welcome its 100,000 visitor — something I’m very proud of!  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to say thanks to my visitors in style, and offer something special to one lucky person.

Because I can’t pinpoint who will be the 100,000th visitor, I’m going to do this instead:

Starting today, September 10th, and ending a month from now, October 10th, for each post that you visit and leave a comment on, I will submit your name to be randomly drawn to receive the soon to be released Three Star Chef by Gordon Ramsay which I have pre-ordered for this auspicious occasion.  Ahem.  Well, what’s a celebration without people?   When the dust settles, in grand round-up style, I’ll post the links of all who visited and commented along with an announcement of the winner of this lovely book.  Are you game?  Okay, start your engines!

Wait — I almost forgot.  A party wouldn’t be a party without food and drink, would it?  You thought you’d just get away with comments, right?  Fat chance.  Submit something luscious that would have Gordon would die for.  Something that will bowl him over.  Send him swooning to tastebud heaven.  You know, something he wouldn’t yell at you about.

Send an email to:  sassandveracity [at] gmail [dot] com before midnight PST

Include the following:
Your Name
Your Location
Your Blog’s Name and URL
The permalink for the post
A Photo of your party offering

By all means, take a piece of Gordon with you and post it on your blog if you wish.