So much of what I know about cooking and baking is from what I’ve learned from my mom, who is hands down one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. She has always taught me to cook with high-quality ingredients, to pay attention to detail and color, to take care of the people you love by feeding them something delicious and to remain ever curious in the kitchen. I have such fond memories associated with so many different recipes that I grew up with, this one included!
Posts tagged ‘pear’
Sometimes it surprises me when some of the most beautiful and delicious meals come together simply because I am trying to use up certain ingredients before they get too old.
This afternoon was definitely one of those meals but man oh man, this did not taste like an accident at all. I had some leeks that I wanted to use up and a pear that was bordering on being too ripe and I started envisioning a salad with Asian flavors, like soy sauce, toasted slivered almonds and sesame oil. 20 minutes later I had a masterpiece salad that was sweet, salty, juicy, crunchy and fresh tasting all at the same time.
In honor of Mardi Gras, I thought it would be fun to learn how to make beignets; a deep-fried staple of New Orleans/Creole cooking that originated in France. They’re just like doughnuts without a hole!
Be warned, this is a weekend recipe attempt if I’ve ever seen one. These messy little fritters are fussy and require a bit of concentration, but the results are well-worth the extra effort. Plus you get to dip them in cinnamon + sugar, so how can you possibly say no?