Bread, pasta, chocolate, desserts... All the things I love about food. So, for the letter 'J', I have chosen to highlight my recipe books: Julia Child, Jeff Smith, James Beard, Jacques Pepin - and everyone else for that matter.
I have both of Julia's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'. My volume two is a first edition picked up used at the local library bookstore. Honest? I am not sure if I have ever made any of her recipes, but I'm not done cooking yet.
Jeff Smith was TV's Frugal Gourmet. One of my books highlights Italian food and I have made many recipes from it, especially a wonderful cheesy polenta.
I still watch Jacques on TV every night. He is like the energizer bunny of chefs. I love watching him cook with his grand-daughter. Just this Easter I made his Camembert with pistachios which was much easier than the baked brie that I usually make.
I would be remiss if I did not mention two other chefs who taught me a lot of what I know in the kitchen - Certified Master Chef Jeff Gabriel and Certified Master Pastry Chef Joseph Decker. I have several notebooks from their classes and many of the recipes I share online have been adapted from their teachings.
Anyone who has visited San Francisco is likely to have ventured out to Alcatraz for a tour. I know I did. But has anyone in Michigan ever thought to visit Jackson Prison? Not me. Jackson was once the largest prison facility in the states. Now, anyone can visit Cell Block 7, now empty but which once held over 500 prisoners. Meanwhile, all around you are other inmates in the other cell blocks. Have toured a prison?