Here’s a classic sandwich for a distinctive palette…a great combination of sweet and savory, yet light sandwich served on a grilled French Baguette. A perfect paring alongside a bright, crispy green salad!
Let’s face it, I just can’t resist the scent of fresh-baked bread in the oven. However, seldom as it may, I do fall short on time because of reasons X, Y & Z; -or- our little guy just can’t wait for that dough to rise in two hours; only to wait yet another hour after kneading the bread, er, ummm…you know the drill.
I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore A Country Cook’s Kitchen cookbook! The author has done a tremendous job putting together timeless, rustic recipes from making artisanal breads, farm-house-style cheeses, preserving vegetables, curing meats, churning your own butter and soft cheese, baking cakes, pastries and biscuits…not too mention the page-turning arrays of heirloom, artisanal and organic food photography. I am not a sponsor of this cookbook, nor any of the others I might have mentioned or will mention in the future–to make that clear, but my rule of thumb is, if I find something worth sharing…word of mouth is truly the key to do so. Pay it forward, right?
Onward, one of the culinary skills I am trying to hone into is bread making, thus, whenever I post something on Instagram with regards to making bread, I immediately title it Bread-Making 101 because I am at the novice stage of baking. You can only imagine the excitement I feel after peaking through the lit oven door and watching the development of the dough as it swells and rise before my eyes! It was beyond exhilarating…
Hmm, where do I begin? Beautiful Breads & Fabulous Fillings (The Best Sandwiches in America) by Margaux Sky. I don’t quite remember when and where I found this book but I love it! An older recipe book written in 2006 and I purchased it about two years ago when we first began our cooking and baking frenzy at home. There are a couple of bread recipes in this book I really like and one in particular that my older son has made in the past.
I, on the other hand, have only tried ‘baking’ a few months ago, when we moved into our new home. Yesterday, I took out this cookbook that has remained untouched in the pantry for about the same duration as when we moved in! Upon the revisit, I immediately opened it to the same bread recipe I have been wanting to bake for myself…Sweet French Loaf.
About a week ago I received a personal autographed copy of the Heirloom Cookbook from The Beekman Boys. I also took the liberty to purchase an autographed copy of The Bucolic Plague. Just as with any new cookbook and/or book I purchase, I could not wait to peruse through the crisp pages of both books.