Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jamie's America

One of the things I love most about Jamie Oliver's cookbooks and TV shows (I've never made it to his restaurants...one day...it's on my wish list, but I digress)... is not only how "Easy Peazy", to quote Jamie, but how flexible the recipes are. They truly are wonderful inspiration point...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Jamie's America is just as awesome as Jamie's Italy , which I've already written about. I love how he really connects with the locals. The books are filled with great snapshots, wonderful stories that make you feel as if, you too, are joining him in his adventures. And I love how he goes to the grassroots of America that go way beyond the stereotypes. Each state has its own chapter with a cool Jamie Oliver intro about the people and the food.

I can't believe I bought this book just a few weeks ago...I am, after all in the midst of packing, with no time for savoring the book or trying out the recipes....and I do have a ton bookmarked, so stay tuned.

That said, we do have to eat, even if it is too hot to spend too much time at the stove so ...on a packing break, I did flip through the book and landed on a recipe for Worcester Steak 'n Mushrooms. Once I get settled in my new fantastic kitchen, I'm going to enjoy cooking up the whole meal. In the meantime, I used the marinade to pan grill some skirt steaks to go with a simple salad.


And the reason for sharing only a partial recipe is to prove my point...I am finally getting to my point for this post...that not only are Jamie's recipes easy, they give one permission to experiment...to pick ONE ingredient and make it your own.

Once again, thank you Jamie! Soon to come..Bourbon Pecan Tart from Louisiana, Green God Salad from LA, Rich Grits from Georgia, Apple Berry Pie to go along with the Grilled Worcestershire Steak from the Wild West...the list is endless.

Now it's time to get back to packing.

1 comment:

Pam said...

I have several of his books and don't use them often enough!