Comments on: Laurie Colwin http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 15 May 2014 21:03:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Candace http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-839026 Candace Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:21:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-839026 I am also a Colwinite, have all her books and re-read them, finding something new in them every time I do. While I am not overly crazy about regular old beets I do love the golden beets salad (with goat cheese, arugula and glazed walnuts) as served at Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville. Yummo.

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By: Sue Dickman http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-801697 Sue Dickman Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:16:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-801697 I loved reading this post. I adore Laurie Colwin as well and wrote a long piece about her last year on the 20th anniversary of her death: http://lifedivided.blogspot.com/2012/10/on-20-years-without-laurie-colwin.html
I’m always delighted to know how many other people still think of her so fondly (she’s my friend Laurie too, of course) and miss her so much.

As for beets, I’m not the hugest fan, but I recently made Nigel Slater’s extremely moist cake with chocolate and beets, and it was fabulous. I’ve also recently had pickled beets that I loved, much to my surprise, and, just on Thanksgiving, roasted beets in salad that were delicious. I’m trying to become, if not a beet-lover, then at least not a beet-hater.

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By: Tamara http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-765113 Tamara Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:03:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-765113 I grew up watching Jeff Smith (The Frugal gourmet) and Yan Can Cook on PBS. My mom would sit on the couch with a notebook and pencil and write down all of their recipes. We affectionatly referred to Jeff Smith as “The Frug” like he was a life long friend. To me, these were the people who got my young heart excited about cooking and food. This was long before the days of The Food Network and brand named spatulas.

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By: lisa thomson http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-764202 lisa thomson Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:32:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-764202 Oh, thank you for this post. I have wanted to get my hands on one of her cookbooks for years! Her recipes were mentioned in one of my favorite books “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, who was a huge fan of Laurie’s.
I never watch the food network but happened upon Jamie Oliver’s show the other day and I loved it. I love his kitchen, his style and his recipes.

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By: Heidi http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-762705 Heidi Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:32:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-762705 Yes-her columns were wonderful. I miss her and I miss Gourmet!! The Food Network is just a lot fluff-although Ina, Nigella and Giada are “pretty” to watch.

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By: melissa http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-762664 melissa Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:44:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-762664 Laurie’s writing makes me laugh and inspires me in the kitchen…but in the real, homey way, not in the crazy self-defeating way some of those shows might make one feel. I also love Ruth Reichl’s writing, particularly Tender at the Bone. And in a different vein, but so interesting, Madeleine Kamman’s When French Women Cook. Lovely.

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By: Melissa@Julia's Bookbag http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761724 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:44:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761724 Laurie…..I imagine all the time that we would have been BFF’s. If I could only choose 3 cookbooks if my house were on fire, I would choose More Home Cooking (because it has my most beloved Tomato Pie recipe), Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries, and The Joy of Cooking.

I have read Laurie’s books dozens of times. When I’m sad, I read them. When I’m happy, I read them. She has made the hugest impression upon my cooking world. I adore her stories, her books, her attitude towards food. Thanks you SO much for celebrating her!

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761657 Jennifer Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:48:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761657 Why force yourself to like beets? It is ok not to like them!
I happen to love beets so I make them all the time. Only 1 of my 4 kids will eat them. You know what? I do not force beets on anyone who doesn’t like them! I wouldn’t want eggplant forced on me.
If I am working hard to avoid potato chips then I am only going to choose veggies that I love.

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By: Thrift at Home http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761589 Thrift at Home Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:57:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761589 I adore Laurie Colwin – definitely one of my favorite writers of all time, food books as well as fiction. Her style is sharp and clean.

And as for beets, I like some very specific recipes:

dice scrubbed beets – no need to peel – and roast in olive oil with cloves of garlic at 425F until tender; cool to room temperature and then make a beautiful salad with a vinaigrette – maybe some feta, toasted walnuts, chopped parsley. . . or add oranges and cilantro. . . or blue cheese, pecans, and capers. . .

I also love Russian shuba, which is a potato/beet salad, but I’m not sure it’s a conversion recipe. I also make a grated raw beet salad (think raw carrots) that has a vinaigrette and dill. It’s great next to bread and cheese. Hm. I guess I really like beets! (but not Harvard beets or just steamed beets – ick).

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761473 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:59:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761473 I know that feeling. I love old Paula, too. I love old Mario and old Emeril. I just feel like I’m being sold something, you know? A celebrity, a spatula, a pot. So often, I feel like a love of food and cooking isn’t what’s being sold, but merchandise. (Do I really need to pay more for a spatula with a name on it? Truly? It’s like the culinary version of the Call of Duty Jeep Wrangler. Same old Wrangler for a lot more.) I think we all need something real and quiet and comfortable now and then, because like mac and cheese and grilled cheese, that’s what much of our favorite food is all about. And, for me, favorite food personalities.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761467 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:56:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761467 We all do. I also have Ruth Reichl there… and Clementine in the Kitchen, which is TRULY wonderful.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761466 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:56:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761466 As a Clevelander, I’m partial to him as well!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761464 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:55:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761464 Isn’t she marvelous?

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761461 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:54:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761461 I feel the same way about Colwin (obviously)… and beets…

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By: Kimberly http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761440 Kimberly Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:29:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761440 My favorite Food personalities still exist, but at the same time they don’t anymore. I miss the pre-hype versions of Paula Deen (before the wigs, before the veneers, before all of the butter) and Emeril Legasse (before every other word became BAM, before the live audiences, before all of the garlic). I learned techniques and recipes from them. But then someone (themselves? agents? FoodTV?) put them on the superstar track and now they’re always selling stuff and neither of them seem to know how to be quiet.

Maybe I need some Laurie Colwin. Thank you for writing about her.

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By: Leslie http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761340 Leslie Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:46:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761340 The photo of Laurie Colwin made my day. She was one of my favorite writers for Gourmet magazine and I say “ditto!” to all the comments about her truly wonderful fiction writing. Her books remain on our shelves and my husband and I have both read and re-read them–he refers to them lovingly as some of his “comfort books”. And don’t we all need those?

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761331 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:38:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761331 I’m not sure these chefs really use the marketed stuff they sell. I’d pay big money to see their real home kitchens. But even if they do… I do a fair bit of my shopping at big box stores too, so I second you on the masses bit : )

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761329 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:36:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761329 Hooray! Laurie Fan Club today!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761328 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:36:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761328 Ooooh. Just what I needed. An excuse to go consume Cheesecake Factory! YUM

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/10/laurie-colwin/comment-page-1/#comment-761327 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:35:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=41925#comment-761327 That’s incredible.

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