I was given a copy of Deborah Madison’s “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone” about 8 years ago when I was in massage school. I have played around with it a few times. After I graduated from massage school a few of my classmates and I would get together every month and one of us would host a dinner. I put a crease in the books spine for a few of those dinners. Though I have no idea what I made, I remember the complements.
My mother, in her never ending quest to satisfy my out of control pickiness about my meals, played around with the cookbook a few times. But most of the time it just served as a massive door stop for me.
Writing this food blog has made me want to start cooking again. I just moved into a new house with a fabulous, never been touched before, kitchen. I did not love my old kitchen. In fact she fought me almost every day. But my new kitchen, she had been yelling at me for over a week, “Take me and do with me what you will!”
I took her gently. And I found the Deborah Madison cookbook deep in some box in the garage because I left it behind and my roommate remembered to bring it with her. And what I noticed was a whole bunch of ripped yellow legal notepad paper (from my attorney mother who LOVES her yellow legal note pads, NO LOVES THEM!). She had marked a whole bunch of recipes, some which I remember her making me and maybe the rest she planned on using in the future. I am not real good a following a recipe, but I thought it would be good to try.
Since I haven’t made it to the market (other than to buy snacks for my beach adventure with Marcy yesterday) since I moved in, tonight’s dinner was all about fishing out what food made it from the old apartment to the new house. Most of what I could salvage was shiitake mushrooms, button mushrooms, cremini mushrooms and portabella mushrooms. Now that’s variety.
Here we go…this picture…this is what I ended up with on the first go-round. Burnt Butter. I swear I thought I could cook.
My Sailor tells me I can. But is he just doing that so he doesn’t have to?