I found this wonderful gem thrift shopping today. Creative cooking with and without recipes. I can’t wait to savor every word.It’s filled with wonderful Zen quotes, cooking tips and recipes. Here’s a quote from the books jacket
“Cooking can be one of the most sensual and transcendent activities we experience—every combination of ingredients yields a new gastronomic result for our senses of taste, touch, smell, sight, and even hearing to enjoy. The Zen of cooking means entering a creative “flow” and gaining a complete focus on the activity of cooking”
What I love most is that it gives you some fabulous recipes but encourages you to make them your own. That’s my kind of cooking!
I tried a couple of new recipes tonight. (Not from the Zen cookbook)They were a big hit with the boys. I made a balsamic chicken and mushrooms and served it with a Pommes Anna and Green-beans with Roasted Red Peppers. The pictures don’t do them justice – but I would encourage you to try this one. And taking a Zen tip from the cookbook – make it your own. I think next time I will use white balsamic vinegar and bell peppers in place of mushrooms- YUM!
Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms
4 chicken breasts
1lb mushrooms, sliced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
salt, pepper, flour and olive oil
Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper, dredge in flour and brown in a skillet with oil. Once the chicken is nice and brown add the rest of the ingredients, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until chicken is done. I removed the chicken and thickened the sauce with a cornstarch and cold water and then poured over the chicken. (BTW- if you are going to freeze the sauce omit the cornstarch)