Sunday, 20 September 2009

The Quilter's Kitchen


'The Quilter's Kitchen' by Jennifer Chiaverini.

This is an 'Elm Creek Quilts' novel with recipes.
Quilting has always been Anna's passion and her love of cooking was legendary so when the postion as head chef at the Elm Creek Quilts retreat was vacant she successfully applied and all her dreams were fulfilled.
The retreat is wellknown in quilting circles and to combine sewing with good home cooking is the quilters' aim. The first real task is to clear out the old kitchen in the manor house before the cabinet makers renew the cupboards. Helping in this task is Sylvia Bergstrom Compson. Sylvia's family were residents in this house for many years and as the story unfolds many of their secrets were discovered hidden in the kitchen's nooks and crannies.

The book follows the culinary calender from 'Welcome Banquet' to 'Christmas and New Year' , with recipes for every important date in between.
One recipe with an appropriate title is ---

'Patchwork Salad'.

1 quarter cup plain yogurt
1 quarter cup mayonnaise
1 quarter cup of Dijon mustard
1 quarter teaspoon of kosher salt
1 quarter teaspoon black pepper
2 small zucchini, cut in large dice
4 carrots, cut in large dice
8 small red radishes, halved and sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
1 quarter cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 avocado diced.

Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well. Add the zucchini, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and parsley and mix well. Add the avocado, gently mix, and serve immediately.


This was one of many 'Elm Creek Quilting' books and although the story was quite short I did enjoy it. I hope to try some of the recipes . I will certainly look for more of these books. Recommended.

4 comments:

Susan said...

I had to come see this book when I saw the title! I quilted a little in the past, and hope to take it up again this winter. My mother is an avid quilter. She read all the Earlene Fowler quilting mysteries, but this title and author I haven't picked up yet - I'm sure she hasn't. Since we both also enjoy reading recipes and cooking, this book looks like a lot of fun for us to read! thanks so much for the review, Zetor!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

This book looks like a double treat - a good story and some yummy recipes. I'm going to have to check the library for this one.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Thank you for telling me about this one - I can combine my love of quilting, reading AND cooking!!!
Hugs and blessings,
Jenny
xxx

Jenny Girl said...

mmm that is a yummy recipe. I'll have to try that. Nice and creamy. I don't quilt although I've always thought of giving it a try. Someday....