Disclosure: I’m so grateful to have received a copy of Megan Keno’s debut cookbook, Cast Iron Gourmet: 77 Amazing Recipes with Less Fuss and Fewer Dishes. I hope you all enjoy this little sneak peak!
In typical New England fashion, we went from Summer to Fall in a matter of 24 hours. One day it was 90 degrees. And then the next day it was a cool, crisp 60 degrees. I proclaimed “I’m freezing!” more than once during that first chilly day. And I even had to resort to pulling on a pair of socks at one point!
Although, I still refuse to turn on the heat in my house. That has to wait.
The abrupt shift in seasons was a bit of a shock to the system. But I’m more than happy to embrace the change. Because with it comes all the cozy, comforting foods that I’ve been missing out on these past several months.
The recipe for this Indian Chicken and Potato Stew with Garam Masala Tomato Sauce is straight from Megan Keno’s debut cookbook, Cast Iron Gourmet: 77 Amazing Recipes with Less Fuss and Fewer Dishes. As soon as I spotted the gorgeous photograph for this stew (page 39, in case you want to be in the know!), I knew instantly it would be the first recipe I’d make from Megan’s cookbook. So I bided my time until the air stream shifted, and then it was GO GO GO! I pulled out my trusty coated cast iron Dutch oven. And within minutes, my house was filled with the most delicious scents of ginger, garlic, cumin and more. I was in heaven.
This hearty, flavorful stew was exactly what I needed this past weekend to warm my bones. And it’s a recipe that you ABSOLUTELY need in your life, too. It’s delicious served exactly how Megan instructs. But it would be fabulous over rice, if you needed to stretch it out further to feed to crowd. And the leftovers are out of this world good. It’s one of those dishes that gets better with time.
Megan and I have been friends for several years now. We first meet on the internet via our blogs (if you’re not following her over at Country Cleaver, go do it now!). But it wasn’t until we moved 3000 miles away from each other (go figure!) that we finally had the chance to meet face-to-face at a blogging retreat. In person, Megan is every bit as genuine, selfless and witty as she is on her blog. There are absolutely zero pretenses about Megan, which is something that I really adore about her. Because really, how many people can you say that about? If I’m being completely honest, I wouldn’t even describe myself in that way…
Simply put, Megan is a gem. And I’m happy to call her my friend.
And I’m SO happy to have her wonderful cookbook adorning the shelves of my kitchen. Her cookbook, Cast Iron Gourmet: 77 Amazing Recipes with Less Fuss and Fewer Dishes, is a natural extension of her blog, Country Cleaver. It’s filled with all the best comfort foods (the women has a chapter in her book called “Artisanal Carbs”!). And it will make you re-think how you use your beloved cast iron. It’s a must-have for any home cook. So go buy it now!
But heck, don’t just take my word for it. Make this fabulous Indian Chicken and Potato Stew with Garam Masala Tomato Sauce and see for yourself what I’m talking about!
This recipe has been reprinted with permission from Megan Keno
Disclosure: I’m honored to have received an advanced copy of Lily Diamond’s debut cookbook, KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart and Table. I hope you all enjoy this little sneak peak!
Today’s recipe is a little bit different from what you might typically find here. That’s because today’s recipe isn’t specifically intended for eating (although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat some of it!). Instead, today’s recipe is meant to help soothe and nourish your skin. It’s an effortlessly fabulous three ingredient Blackberry Basil Healing Mask that will help you “get your glow on”. And it’s a concoction straight from Lily Diamond’s debut cookbook, KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart and Table.
It’s truly an honor to have a copy of Lily’s cookbook in my possession. And I’m thrilled to be able to give you all a little sneak peak into it’s pages here today. Although, I worry that my words won’t be able to do it justice. My writing feels clunky and awkward in all the places where Lily’s writing excels. Admittedly, I am no poet. Whereas Lily Diamond, most certainly is.
Lily is real and authentic in a way that the majority of people don’t dare allow themselves to be for a public audience. Each week she pours her whole self into the virtual pages of her blog. And now, that journey has transcended onto the actual pages of her cookbook. From her childhood in Maui, to her Mother’s death, to navigating the sometimes hilarious world of online dating, Lily’s storytelling will make you feel all the things. Joy, heartbreak, frustration and every emotion in between. It’s all there in a deeply personal way that I find mildly addicting to read.
KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart and Table is unique from the other cookbooks in my collection. The recipes are designed to engage and awaken all five of your senses. And they are meant to be nourishing in a way that goes way beyond basic calorie consumption. This isn’t just eating. This is living.
The chapters in this book are organized by either one of two things: herbs or flowers. And friends, I simply cannot overstate just how lovely I think that is. Fresh herbs and edible flowers have been a staple in my kitchen for years now. And I’m so excited to finally have a cookbook dedicated to showcasing those ingredients. Herbs and flowers are often treated (or mistreated) solely as a garnish. But I think they deserve to be in the spotlight. And Lily proudly gives them all the attention they deserve.
There are eight chapters which focus on herbs, ALL of which we have in abundance on our family farm (pictures from our hydroponic greenhouse above). Which means this cookbook is going to be my Summer project. I can’t wait to cook my way through those chapters. And I’m really looking forward to learning to use some of those herbs in ways which I hadn’t really considered before, like in this Blackberry Basil Healing Mask. Admittedly, I haven’t always been kind to my skin over the years. But as I age, I realize more and more everyday that needs to change.
This recipe has been reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2017 by Lily Diamond from KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.