Articles to Read: Meatballs, Latkes, Alexa Chung, Intuitive Cooking
So many great articles came out this week – can’t believe I’m considering it a “to-do”!
Everyone is in search of the perfect meatball recipe, and Molly Wizenburg brings it forth in time for the season of large family gatherings.
In Search of the Perfect Meatball, by Molly Wizenburg (Bon Appetit)
People are obsessed with Alexa Chung! While that mystery is not solved in this interview, I did find it a nice primer to get the background skinny and dish on future PBS tv show star.
The Making of Fashion’s Latest “It” Girl, Stephanie Rosenbloom (The New York Times)
Oh, potato latkes. Nothing says the holidays like potato pancakes frying in oil and its days-long lingering scent in the house. Found this article by Melissa Clark interesting, because she gives some great ideas to make these more hors d’oeuvre-like for a foodie party. She assumes you have a base recipe you use but if not, this Martha Stewart Potato Latkes recipe is a good one.
I really enjoyed reading “Become an Intuitive Cook” by Daniel Duane (Food & Wine) because I, too, am a cookbook nut that loves Alice Waters and Thomas Keller. Mostly though, I enjoyed finding myself using a similar technique that Thomas Keller recommends on becoming an intuitive cook, that has greatly benefited me:
Thomas Keller’s Cooking Lessons: 5 Steps to Becoming an Intuitive Cook
1. Start with your all-time favorite recipe from your favorite cookbook. Cook it by the numbers, following every instruction.
2. No more than three days later (so you don’t forget too much), take out a piece of paper, write out the simplest version of the recipe that you believe you can work from and cook from that.
3. A few days later, write an even less detailed version—a few sentences at most—and cook the dish again.
4. Over the next few weeks, cook the dish entirely from memory at least several times, but make a small change each time (swap out a spice, change a vegetable), so that the recipe becomes a rough template, not a fixed set of rules.
5. As you repeat the process with other recipes, experiment with skipping Step 1 and then, later still, Step 2.