at home with


               magnolia
Classic American Recipes from
the Owner of Magnolia Bakery



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introduction



Most of my life is spent cooking, baking, gardening, talking about

food and writing about food. I love fo...
own backyard, and it really is amazing what a difference such fresh           Although I love to spend time in the kitchen...
And when I’m entertaining, I find that if I prepare things in advance,

                       I can really enjoy the time ...
corn fritters with chile-lime mayonnaise                                                                             chile...
cream of carrot soup


makes 8 to 10 starter servings   There’s nothing like a big pot of homemade soup simmering on the
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At Home with Magnolia

  1. 1. at home with magnolia Classic American Recipes from the Owner of Magnolia Bakery Allysa Torey John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  2. 2. introduction Most of my life is spent cooking, baking, gardening, talking about food and writing about food. I love food. I love creating new recipes. I love when I open up the fridge to see a wide array of beautiful fresh ingredients and can spend a lazy afternoon puttering around the kitchen, putting together an elaborate, fun little feast just for the two of us on a Sunday, or a simple dinner on the back porch for neighbors on a summer evening. I’m very lucky to live with someone who is as enthusiastic about eating as I am. When we have guests visiting, they think it’s a bit crazy when over our first cup of coffee we’ve already created our menu for the entire day, complete with dessert. I like to cook simple foods made with seasonal ingredients. I’m just about as passionate about gardening as I am about cooking. I have a cottage garden filled with roses and old-fashioned flowers, and we have a large organic kitchen garden where I grow all of our vegetables. The greatest thing about having your own garden is being able to run out barefoot and pick a few ears of corn or a hand- ful of green beans.You can’t get any fresher than food grown in your
  3. 3. own backyard, and it really is amazing what a difference such fresh Although I love to spend time in the kitchen, I still try to keep ingredients have in the outcome of your dishes. things simple and I avoid recipes that are fancy with unnecessary It’s important to me to know where my food comes from. What I steps. Many cookbooks and food magazines are filled with long, love about living in the country is that it gives me the opportunity to overwhelming recipes that look interesting at first glance, but have get to know and support the local farmers who are raising the animals too many ingredients and too many complicated instructions to and growing the fruits and vegetables that end up on our kitchen make them realistic options for everyday meals. There aren’t enough table. For about six months out of the year, the farmer’s market is a cookbooks that encourage the home cook to make dinner, any night wonderful option for high quality, locally grown and raised foods. of the week. I feel pretty strongly about cooking only with seasonal produce. Maybe it would be easier to get people back into the evening Rather than feeling deprived, I find it satisfying to eat foods only when ritual of sitting down together around the table if they had a nice they’re at their peak seasonally, and then there’s the sweet anticipa- collection of simple recipes to cook from. It seems that people think tion of enjoying them the next year. I actually appreciate it more that they don’t have the time, or perhaps they don’t realize how quickly there’s only a few week period when I can bring home the perfect they can prepare a fresh, home-cooked meal. Whether you’re cook- juicy nectarines or gorgeous ripe strawberries to make a pie, and ing for one or for five, it isn’t as difficult as it might seem. that there are bushels of tomatoes for summer salads and pasta There’s one great tip that has always worked for me. Whether sauces for only a couple of months . . . and then in the winter, you entertaining friends or cooking a weeknight dinner for the family, make stew. planning ahead makes all the difference. What I like to do is to spend some time earlier in the day preparing for dinner so that I can come in and cook quickly, but in a relaxed manner, in the evening. I chop This book is a long time in the making. After writing two dessert and measure garlic, onion and other vegetables in advance, grate books, I’m really happy to finally put together a collection that cheeses, prepare a salad dressing, and just generally organize my includes not only desserts but a lot of my favorite savory food recipes ingredients and set them aside for later. For those of you who find that I’ve been copying down for friends and dinner guests for years. yourselves coming in from work at the end of the day feeling like Many of the recipes in this book are things I learned to cook as a you’re too tired to cook, preparing before you leave in the morning child and I’m still making today. But I’m also always experimenting makes it much easier to put together a healthy meal when you get with new ideas and different combinations of ingredients. home. (xiv) introduction introduction (xv)
  4. 4. And when I’m entertaining, I find that if I prepare things in advance, I can really enjoy the time I have with my guests, whether it’s a few friends from town, or the whole family up for a barbecue. It’s less stressful for me, and so it’s more fun for everyone. I’ve organized the book into sections for starters, soups, lunches, dinners, sides, vegetables, and, of course, desserts. The dinners have been separated into two categories, weekday and weekend meals, which are based on how complicated the recipe is, and how long its preparation might take. These categories are just guides, though, and quick dishes with a nice presentation could easily be made when entertaining guests. The recipes I’ve gathered here reflect the all-American sensibili- ties of my bakery and my home. My style is the same whether I’m making something sweet or savory—simple steps, fresh ingredients, and classic combinations. —Allysa Torey January, 2005 starters appetizers and salads (xvi) introduction
  5. 5. corn fritters with chile-lime mayonnaise chile-lime mayonnaise makes 6 servings (1 dozen fritters) When I entertain I like to make something a little different that my makes about 1½ cups This recipe comes from my friend Dave Cole, who owns Dave’s Big Eddy friends wouldn’t necessarily make for themselves at home. Corn fritters 1½ cups mayonnaise Diner, our favorite restaurant near my home in upstate New York. It can be are a great appetizer to serve in the late summer when fresh corn is at 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice served with crab and crayfish cakes (see page 000) as well as corn fritters its best, but frozen corn works just fine in this recipe as well. 1 tablespoon minced jalepeño chile (see previous recipe). pepper (seeds and ribs removed) 2 teaspoons grated lime zest Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until well blended. I cup all-purpose flour In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, romano cheese, I cup yellow cornmeal baking powder, salt, and chili powder. ⅓ cup finely grated Locatelli Romano cheese In a small bowl, beat the whole egg and egg yolk with the buttermilk and 1½ teaspoon baking powder add to the dry ingredients, mixing until well combined. Stir in the corn and I teaspoon salt scallions. ¼ teaspoon chili powder Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and 1 H tablespoon of the butter in a large 1 large egg, at room temperature skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, spoon the batter 1 large egg yolk, at room (about 3 tablespoons for each fritter—an ice cream scoop works great for temperature making these) into the skillet to make 3-inch fritters. Cook until golden, 1½ cups buttermilk 3 to 4 minutes on each side, adding additional oil and butter as needed for 1½ cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, blanched (see Note) each batch. Serve warm with the Chili-Lime Mayonnaise, garnishing with ¼ cup chopped scallions the corn kernels and lime wedges. (green parts only) To blanch fresh or frozen corn, bring a medium-size saucepan of cold ¼ cup olive oil water to a boil. Add the corn and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Remove from the heat, drain, and rinse under cold water. 1 recipe Chile-Lime Mayonnaise (recipe follows) About 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels, blanched (see Note), for garnish Lime wedges, for garnish (2) AT HOME WITH MAGNOLIA starters: appetizers and salads (3)
  6. 6. cream of carrot soup makes 8 to 10 starter servings There’s nothing like a big pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove on a chilly afternoon. This rich soup is great served as an appetizer when you’re entertaining. It can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. 4½ cups chicken stock Combine the chicken stock, carrots, onion, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper 1 pound carrots, cut into in a heavy large pot over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the ¼-inch slices heat and simmer gently, until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. 1½ cups coarsely chopped Remove from the heat and, working in batches (about 1 cup at a time), yellow onion transfer the soup to a blender, and puree until very smooth. Set aside. 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried basil In the same pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter 1½ teaspoons salt is completely melted and bubbling, add the flour, whisking until well ½ teaspoon white pepper blended. Let the butter and flour cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter Meanwhile, in a separate medium-size saucepan, scald the milk (heat until 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour just beginning to bubble on the sides of the pan). Add it to the butter and 3 cups whole milk flour mixture gradually, while stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the carrot puree to the pot with the milk mixture and stir together over medium heat until heated through. soups (7)

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