New Year’s Wishes and a Favorite Menu

December 26th, 2008

Many thanks to those of you who came to my cookbook promotion activities in Minneapolis and to friends who have purchased signed cookbooks for holiday gifts. You can contact me through this website for signed cookbooks. Or, you can click through to Amazon from my website or purchase the book at your local bookstore.

One of my passions while traveling is visiting food markets. At the present time, my son Brett (cameraman and film editor extraordinaire) and I are co-producing films about the markets in Spain and Italy. I’ve learned that video editing is a lengthy process, which has left little time for holiday entertaining this year.

Vegetable Stand in Cadiz, Spain

Vegetable Stand in Cadiz, Spain

But I did have one small dinner party. The main course was Mediterranean Seafood Stew, a favorite recipe from my new cookbook, The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh. This dish was inspired by my travels in the Mediterranean, where fish soups are made from the day’s catch, and each region has its own different and wonderful variation.

In case you’re wondering, my first course of the menu was Mesclun Salad with Grilled Pears, Blue Cheese, and Maple-Walnut Vinaigrette (page 214) and I followed the light meal with a truly decadent dessert, Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding with Sherry Cream (found on page 176 in another of my cookbooks, The Spirited Vegetarian: Over 100 Recipes Made Lively with Wine and Spirits.)

Happy New Year!

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