This week I had my nose buried in cookbooks to find new recipes to spice up our weekly menu. I discovered and absolutely love Pam Anderson‘s Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals. Fact: when your library book has 20 little shards of paper marking recipes, it’s time to purchase the book. So I did. And everyday I sit by the mailbox like some old hound dog cartoon character, patiently awaiting my package. When it doesn’t arrive, I lamentably drag my long sad face back to the house to renew my library book.
Pam Anderson provides master formulas to a number of different dishes. When you have the formula memorized, all you have to do is plug in your favorite ingredients. That’s exactly how I operate in the kitchen! And it’s such a practical application to cooking. Open your crisper drawer and plug those ingredients into one of these beautiful meals.
I’ve already whipped up her galette (if you’re new to this dish like me, it’s basically a pretentious open faced vegetable pot pie) in two different varieties. Monday was the first time I’d even heard of the dish. Tuesday was the first time I attempted the dish. At that time, my crust folding technique needed work. By Wednesday I had the recipe mastered in two varieties. My husband is a fan too, he hasn’t even noticed that these are vegetarian dishes.
Well, I’m sure he has by this point in the post…
Nevertheless, if you’re in the library browsing the cookbook aisle, check out some of Pam Anderson’s books. Or check out her website Three Many Cooks and enjoy!