You can see by cover - the plastic binding melted years ago - too close to the stove...and pages are lovingly covered in...well, whatever the ingredients of some of my favorite recipes.
Sharron and Joanna making Challah...and
Sukkot without Roasted Tongue in BBQ Sauce - never going to happen. Joanna still keeps both traditions going. In fact, like my mother before me, I gave each of my girls a copy when they left home. Actually, Sharron just informed me that I never bought her one...that will be rectified very soon!
Enough personal background....let's get back to the present. Norene Gilletz, (in case you haven't figured that out) has 8 cookbooks under her belt with a brand new one Norene's Healthy Kitchen and I can't wait to get my hands on it. That will be a post for another day. She's an unbelievably busy lady as you can tell from her website - Gourmania. So it was a pleasure to have a chat with her. Here are some highlights...
R: How did you get into the cookbook business?
N: Well, I grew up in the kitchen, watching and helping my mother who was the best cook. I've always loved cooking and baking. And I belonged to B'nai B'rith Women (now called JWI – Jewish Women International). At the tea, it was suggested that we write a cookbook as a fundraising project. We thought it would take us 3 months to do. It took us over 3 years! SHP is still going strong after 40 years - unbelievable!
I never took a course until 1980 with Jacques Pepin, who taught me the most important lesson of all...you don't really need to follow a recipe to the letter - just the technique.
R: Over the years, what's been people's favorite recipe of yours?
N: Tangy Sweet & Sour Meatballs from Second Helpings, Please!
R: And the most frequently asked question?
N: Really there are 3..."Can I freeze it?"; "How long can I leave it in the fridge?"; "What can I use instead of XYZ?"
R: What is your favorite meal? (*Actually, Norene listed a lot of options before settling on what I think is a terrific answer)
N: Whatever I'm eating is my favorite of the moment.
R: What is your favorite kitchen toy/gadget/utensil?
N: Hands down my food processor, followed by my microwave, Good Grips potato peeler, Zylus garlic press, a bread maker (I make yeast breads about 2 or 3 times a month)and ...really important...proper measuring tools.
R: What's always in your fridge?
N: Well I just got back from doing a book launch out west and visiting with my kids and grandkids, so there's not much in the fridge. Usually...I almost always have some kind of homemade soup in my fridge (lentil, vegetable barley or chicken). I hate canned soup. There are always leftovers of some sort because I cook large quantities to save time because of my busy schedule. And there’s always something good in the freezer.
R: What's your idea of comfort food?
N: (but not all at the same meal!) are scrambled eggs with a slice of kimmel or black bread, kasha and bow ties, salmon, oven-roasted vegetables, black cherry yogurt, a bowl of bean and barley soup…and dark chocolate!
My favorite quote: Favourite quote: Food that’s good for you should taste good!
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