Chef Ouita's Capsule Kitchen: HWC-2018-01-30

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 From left: Chris Michel, chef, sommelier, radio host; Ouita Michel, chef, restaurateur, visionary, radio host

From left: Chris Michel, chef, sommelier, radio host; Ouita Michel, chef, restaurateur, visionary, radio host

In this happy episode, we bring more evidence to support a constant claim at Hot Water Cornbread: you can cook! Not only that, but cooking can be a way to weave together a strong fabric of connection, communication and joy for you and your loved ones.

Ouita came with beloved cookbooks, including the two shown above (The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, 1982 and an old edition of The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, probably 1975). Rona and Ouita agreed that these two books, in addition to a few others, shaped their approach to cooking forever. Ouita started reading The Silver Palate in high school, learning about baked brie and brie pinwheels, along with more exotic foods like oysters, foie gras and phyllo dough. Rona praises Chicken Marbella, a Silver Palate recipe that uses a whole head of garlic!!! and has delighted many dinner guests at her table for more than 30 years.

And then -- no kidding -- we had a fire drill, right in the middle of our show! It was quick, and back we came for a focus on fundamental cooking tools for a basic functioning kitchen. Ouita also touched briefly on basic cooking techniques, a topic we will continue in future shows.

Enjoy listening to minimalist basics to get cooking and stay cooking in your own kitchen.

 

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