I am not a baker. Really.
So why did I tackle cornbread muffins? Because I had a fabulous idea for a Mexican-style muffin, and I wasn’t going to let my fear of baking stop me!
Here is the scoop: this is the peak of the corn season, and I’ve been having fun preparing corn all sorts of ways. I pictured some nice, moist cornbread with lots of fresh kernels, something that my sister used to make and call “Corn on the Cube”.
I own over 30 cookbooks, yet I admit that I seldom crack them open — except for this one: “What’s Cooking: SOUPS” by Carole Clements.
It’s the variety of recipes that hooked me, along with some real standouts like the Molé Soup that follows below (note: Molé, not mole as in the furry animal — that’s in a different cookbook).
I generally do my own thing in the kitchen, but when you do that, you are limited by your own experience. In other words, even if you have a pretty wide repertoire of tastes and cuisines, it is unlikely that you will be able to whip up a Senegalese dish, while at the same time having a reference point for British-style dishes and Asian and Mediterranean AND North African.
The timing was perfect to receive this book as a gift: my friend Mike knew that I was preparing weekly soups for The Village Scoop here in Hillsdale, along with several private customers. I had wanted to go as many weeks as possible without repeating any soup, and it was starting to become a challenge.
Meatless Mondays have become really popular, so I wanted to give you an idea for a hearty, healthy meatless dish! It is full of flavor, fresh veggies, filling brown rice, and black beans for added protein.
Bonus: this dish can be prepared ahead of time, so that you start off your week stress-free. What’s not to love about that? Read the rest of this entry