By Molly Wizenberg
When Molly Wizenberg's father died of melanoma, every person advised her to head effortless on herself, to carry off on making any significant judgements for it slow. but if she attempted going again to her condo in Seattle and returning to graduate university, she knew it wasn't attainable to renew lifestyles as if not anything had occurred. So she went to Paris, a urban that held brilliant stories of a early life journey along with her father, of early morning walks at the cobbled streets of the Latin sector and the style of her first soreness au chocolat. She used to be speculated to be doing learn for her dissertation, yet extra usually, she stumbled on herself peering during the home windows of chocolate outlets, hiking throughout city to attempt a brand new pâtisserie, or tasting cheeses at open air markets, until eventually one night whilst she sat within the Luxembourg Gardens interpreting cookbooks till it used to be too darkish to work out, she learned that her center used to be now not in her experiences yet within the kitchen.
At first, it wasn't transparent the place this epiphany may perhaps lead. Like her lengthy letters domestic describing the main points of each meal and marketplace, Molly's web publication Orangette began basically as a delightful hobby. however it wasn't lengthy sooner than her writing and recipes constructed a world following. per week, committed readers logged directly to discover what Molly was once cooking, consuming, analyzing, and pondering, and it appeared she had ultimately came upon her ardour. however the tale wasn't over: one reader particularly, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from manhattan, chanced on himself enchanted by means of the redhead in Seattle, and their electronic message blossomed right into a long-distance romance.
In A home made lifestyles: tales and Recipes from My Kitchen desk, Molly Wizenberg recounts a lifestyles with the kitchen at its middle. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer season picnics in the course of her formative years in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father in the course of the weeks sooner than his loss of life, meals and thoughts are in detail entwined. You won't be capable to make a decision no matter if to twist up and sink into the tale or to go instantly to the industry to fill your basket with elements for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots.
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Slowly pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Press lightly with a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon to moisten bread. Cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Evenly sprinkle 2 cups blueberries and pecans over bread mixture. In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter. Drizzle butter mixture over pecans. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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