That beautiful packet of nougat pictured above is my inspiration for today's post. The nougat is a gift from a neighbor, left on her kitchen table as a thank you for stopping in to feed her cat this coming week.
I really love nougat. I love how its smooth chewy texture is studded with the crunch of nuts. I love the slight whiff of rosewater and the way it melts in my mouth. I love the pretty stripes of pale pastel colors and the French label on the package. I seldom have nougat because the good stuff is expensive and it's also quite sweet, so this little gift is a true treat.
A friend of mine recently dined at Tashan, this killer upscale Indian spot in Philadelphia, and she said I must go and order a particular whiskey cocktail. She described it as an Indian Old-Fashioned. So I ventured downtown only to find that the cocktail my friend thought she was describing was something else entirely.
There are days when all you want to do once you walk in the door is pull on a comfy pair of jeans, flop on the couch, and have a beer (like, for instance...tonight). This Ruby Mild from Sam Adams is the beer you want for days like these. It's not going to assault your senses with some crazy new hop or challenge your taste buds with layers and layers of flavor — it's just a good drinkin' beer. Period.
Here's a thought: What if you never had to approach a cheese counter again with that blank stare, grasping for words in an effort to describe that one cheese you had the other day? It was what, "kinda creamy, but not too runny, and maybe with a pinkish rind, and I don't know... it was just really, really good... but I can't remember the name." Sound familiar?
We've all been there. So now, consider this remedy.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz is famous for her fresh, bold approach to vegan cooking, with her inspiring vegan cookbooks and cooking videos, as well as her website Post-Punk Kitchen.
But when we spoke with her about her five essentials for home cooks, she wanted to be sure we kept the emphasis on weeknight cooking — vegan or otherwise. "These tips and essentials apply to all cooks," she said.