The Zen of Cooking- Lucille Naimer

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
balsamic vinegar
Chicken Broth
Bay Leaf
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)

3 thoughts on “The Zen of Cooking- Lucille Naimer

  1. Me too. I crave potatoes like most women crave chocolate. When I was going through my divorce, I used to make a big batch of mashed potatoes and sit in front of TV and eat them staright out of the pan.

  2. it looks DELICIOUS 🙂

    Thank you, V, for your wellwishes!! I’ll definitely stop by here now and then to keep an eye on you 😉 and I would love to keep in touch. (Something I’m not doing with many, btw…but you? I feel connected to you on so many levels!!)

    Blessings and ROCK THE KITCHEN, Goddess!!!



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