The Circle of Cooking by Lisa Martorelli Mancuso
The other day, I decided to make a pork chop recipe that both my husband and I love. It’s made with apples and sauerkraut and onions; it’s the perfect fall dish. Neither one of our daughters ever liked this dish very much, so I didn’t make it too often. But, now that we have an empty nest, I went for it.
I found the recipe (I cut it out from a newspaper, probably Newsday; it’s pretty old) stashed between the pages of a cookbook (also rather old). The tattered newspaper clipping marked the spot of a recipe for apple biscuits, which I always made with this meal since it was the only way I could get my kids to eat the pork chops!
Back to the cookbook, though. My mother had given it to me when I first got married, almost 30 years ago. It’s called Cooking for Two. I remember being so excited (hey, I was young and in love!) to try the recipes. I really never cooked much growing up, but my mom did and so I always appreciated good food. The cool thing about this cookbook was that it not only gave you a recipe for an entrée, but it also included recipes for accompanying side dishes and a dessert. And, best of all, they were all pretty simple. What more could a kitchen-shy newlywed want?
That cookbook was the perfect instruction manual for a novice cook and my husband and I enjoyed many meals from it. Now, here I am, ‘Cooking for Two’ again. I thought maybe I would try some other recipes from the book but as I flipped through it, I realized most of them are out of date. Besides, they don’t quite measure up to the more sophisticated recipes I can find in my Barefoot Contessa tomes. But I’ll still treasure that first cookbook because of all the great memories it holds…and those apple biscuits are still pretty good.
When she’s not reading and talking about books, or aimlessly wandering around her neighborhood bookstore, Lisa Martorelli Mancuso supports her reading habit by working at a nine-to-five job as a PR/blog writer. She lives on Long Island with her husband in their somewhat empty nest. She is working on a children’s book and plans on starting her own blog very soon.
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