Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Thank You and A Give-Away

Chaya the incredible hostess of the My Sweet & Savory Blog bestowed upon me The Stylish Blogger Award. Now wasn't that sweet? I tell ya, it sure couldn't have come on a better day. I had a huge case of the mubblefubbles before it arrived. It sure did perk me up. Thank you, Chaya!

Since I already shared a few of my favorite things way back in 2009, I'll keep this short.

Share 7 things about yourself. 

1. I detest raking leaves:( I enjoy shoveling snow:) Good thing 'cause, I have no shedding trees in my yard. However, I have two huge driveways!

2. I just can't get into the healthy food way of life no matter how I try. I thrive on butter, bacon and lots of cream sauces not to mention Reese's!

3. I miss my ham, egg and cheese sandwich on a buttered roll from my favorite deli in Westhampton. Big Time!!! I'm sure I miss it more than I should because, whenever I walked in the door, I felt like I was at my favorite bar; where everyone knew my name:)

4. I still believe in angels:)

5. I have a feeling my father was an excellent cook. If I wasn't so busy complaining about "having to eat my vegetables," I may have learned a trick or two. In retrospect, I know for sure he could do anything with fish, any kind!

6. I do not like doctors and am scared to death of any kind of dentist. (which by the way, is the reason I have had a throbbing toothache for more than two weeks)

7. If time allowed, my second choice for a blog would be all about herbs. Which reminds me, "Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year to highlight." Horseradish is the Herb of the Year for 2011. While I'm at it, May is National Herb Month and yes, indeed, that spicy root has a month all its own too, July. July is National Horseradish Month!

Image Herb Companion; Feb-Mar 1997
Prepared Horseradish:
When harvested in the spring, the skin on the horseradish may have a greenish tinge. This is a signal that the root must be peeled down to remove the greenish layer otherwise your prepared horseradish may have a bitter taste. (heat is good, bitter, not so much)

1 fresh horseradish root with no green tinge
1/4 cup vinegar (your choice of distilled white, rice, or white wine, more as desired
Salt as needed
Sugar as needed

1. Pare the Horseradish root, or a section of it, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
2. A handful at a time, process the horseradish cubes with 1/4 cup of vinegar in the container of a blender or food processor, process it just until "grated" not reduced to a pulp.
3. When the first batch has been "grated," pour it into a strainer over a bowl. Return the liquid to the container and process the second and any addition batches of cubes, using the same vinegar each time.
4. Combine all the pulp with enough vinegar to moisten it well, adding more if you've made a big batch. Stir in a little salt and a small quanity of sugar-a pinch each to about 1/2 cup of horseradish and juice. (The sugar is a flavor-smoother, not a sweetener.) Add more vinegar to taste.
5. To Store: Store horseradish in a glass jar, closely covered, in the refrigerator. It will keep for weeks, but it's best when fresh.
The Pleasures of Cooking A Cuisinart Cooking Club Publication; March-April 1979 Editor Barbara Kafka

I believe the rule is to pass this award along to 15 other bloggers. I can tell you right now, that's not going to happen. (forgive me Chaya:) However, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Nadine, the hostess of You Little Tart "officially" to the blogosphere with what I believe is her first "sylish" award. Nadine has been blogging since October of 2010 and is still searching for her "sea legs." Somehow, she manages to whet my appetite with her homemade dishes every time I visit. Drop by and say HI! p.s I told Nadine about the Picnic Game in June and guess what, she's in!!!

Not An Award but Almost as Good...

A Give-Away!

Remember when I took that hiatus from blogging last year? Well, I spent most of it cataloguing my cookbooks. It winds up, not only do I have cookbooks that would probably be appreciated in another home, I also have quite a few duplicates. Take this book of Sauces by James Peterson, for instance. Would you believe I have two? Would you like one?

Sauces Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making

It' easy. First, may I suggest you follow Mr. Peterson's link above so you can become acquainted with him and his cookbooks. All that's left is to leave a comment on this post between now and 11:00 p.m. EST on March 12. To make it a bit more interesting, why not share something about yourself while you're at it.

the fine print: Unfortunately, I can only make this offer to those readers in the USA. Unlike the McCormick give-away over @ The Steamy Kitchen, which by the way is worthy of a peek, Moi is the "sponsor." I have also recently been alerted to the prohibitive costs of sending over seas and it's a darn shame! For those of you who have access to an address in the US, go for it!!! The winner will be chosen by Marion. I'll just ask her to pick a number from 1 to whatever, once I have the number of entries. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, March 13th, just in time for Chocolate Chip Cookie Week!!! (always the second full week in March.)

On a personal note, I have been contacted numerous times to do give-aways on this blog. As you probably know, I don't usually accept. This give-away is just little 'ol me "sharing the bounty" with YOU!!! Remember, this book is from my personal collection so, it is not new but it is in GREAT condition and is a second edition. Thanks and, HAVE FUN!!! Louise

How to Grow Horseradish


  1. Congrats on the award! It's very much deserved.

  2. Congrats on your award. You deserved it. And glad to know you more. Too bad, I'm not qualify for this! Oh well, good luck to all.

  3. Now, I know a little bit more about you. You so deserve this award.

  4. Hmm. Something about me? How about, if I were standing on the street in NY and a food truck drove by, I would run after it? Thanks for the info on horseradish, Louise. I crave it, but never actually knew what it looked like in its original form. Now get that toothache looked at.

  5. Fun list. I love horseradish too.

    My father was a good cook, to be sure, but I don't remember fish. Now the Knight smokes a mean salmon, even though he won't eat it!

    Something about me? Well, in the believing in angels category, I ask the boy dogs to take care of the fur-girls every time I leave the house.

  6. Great information about Horseradish Louise. IT seems that poeple either hate or love it. I do love it but always buy the kind in the jar; good stuff with my roast beef.

  7. After my mother passed away, I went through her cookbooks and we had nearly all the same ones! (Unfortunately) I recently redid my cookbook cabinet and found no duplicates, thank heaven.
    The book on sauces looks nice, Louise.

    Congrats on the award and it was nice getting to know you, and to discover we are both terrified of dentists. :) We are not alone, believe me!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Something about me: I love sauces.

    Chris M.

    zekks at yahoo dot com

  9. Like you at times I have found duplicates of books on my shelves. CS says I have a problem. I like to think of it as a passion.LOL

  10. Just catching up again Louise. I am really glad to see you are back giving us all the great information that you always share.
    Congratulations on your award. Your blog is amazing.

  11. Another great post, Louise. I always love what you have to say. Thanks also for the shout out for You Little Tarte.

    Keep on cooking!


  12. I keep trying to lose weight but just don't seem to be able to do it. I think if I stopped eating I would STILL gain weight, so trying healthy food doesn't do much for me either!

    For a long time I gave up drinking coffee until my husband bought me a keurig coffee maker a few days ago to replace the one that quit.

    Now I am back to enjoying coffee again, and I guess the weight will have to wait.

  13. I love butter and bacon too. Great giveaway - the book would be a great addition to my cookbook shelf. Hint hint.

  14. Well, I'm glad you got to catalog your cookbooks during your time off. I started to catalog all of my books once, but it was mind-numbing.

  15. My name is Justin Smith, and I am the founder of National Beer Day! Cooking is a huge hobby of mine. I probably watch more food network than anything (and that's saying a lot coming from a football junkie). I LOVE pairing new foods with beers and using good beers to create amazing flavors. I have a firm belief that there is no such thing as a person who doesn't like the taste of beer, only people who have not tried the beer they like. Beers today should be treated more like wine. There is a distinct advantage to pairing your beer with the correct food. Just like wine, it can enhance and highlight the flavors of whatever you are eating.

    But my favorite part of cooking (other than smoking food) is the sauces!!

  16. I think I'm barely in time for the giveaway, Louise. Thanks for the heads-up. Although if I win I think I'll need to send you one of my cookbooks just to clear some room on the bookshelf ;)

  17. Congrats on your award! Great info on the horseradish, I'd like to make my own homemade one sometime, thanks so much for the recipe!

  18. I love your blog! Congrats on the award. Well deserved.

    I make horseradish once a year.. I'll try your recipe this Spring.

    Keep on bloggin'

  19. Congratulations on your award Louise! And thanks for sharing and letting us get to know you better. Dentists terrify me too! I didn't realize so many people were afraid of them. I'm not fond of horseradish either but would love it if you started a herb blog!

  20. I can just imagine how enormously interesting your cookbook collection must be, Louise. Every time I happen upon, or read about, a vintage cookbook or one that's truly unique, I tend to think of you and your blog. Something about the fact that your give-a-way is from your own personal library makes it far more special than the norm--just like you! :)

  21. Thank you so much for the You Little Tarte shout out! I feel (almost) famous! And, thanks for all your helpful advice.

  22. Looks like I'm to late, but I do know that is a great book because I've checked it out from the library before. I loved hearing the fun facts about you, Louise =)

  23. Thank you to everyone for entering this give-away. It was nice to "learn" a little something about you all also. I cherish your kind words:)

    Congrats to Pam! She is the lucky winner this time but, not to worry, I'll be having another give-away real soon! Have a wonderful day...Louise

  24. love hearing a bit more about you - interesting that you say you like unhealthy food and then say you would like a blog on herbs - I would love to read a blog on herbs if you wrote one (time permitting - just catching up now) Luckily I am too late for the giveaway because I live too far away as unfortunately we found - but hope the book goes to a good home


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise