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Perfect, for ME!
on December 23, 2009
I recently was digging through a kitchen cabinet, one delegated to storage of old pots and pans (you know those you swear you will use again, but probably won't), when I noted way in the depths, my old clay cooker, none-the-worse, for wear. Who knew! I'd forgotten it was there. I hadn't used it in years and wondered why I had placed it in such exile. I suspected I had made something less than satisfactory, giving up on clay cooking. I decided to resurrect the vessel---to give it another chance.
Since I wasn't sure if this clay roaster and I would get along, I opted for a reasonably priced cookbook to get started, settling on Joanna White's, 'Cooking in Clay.' I couldn't remember even the basics, like how long to soak the cooker, cleaning techniques, etc. So, basically, I was a novice, again.
I couldn't be happier with White's instructions, and recipes. This is an excellent book for the beginner; but one you can clearly grow with. Every recipe I have tried has been succulent. Now I'm using it mostly for reference regarding amount of product for cooking time, and I'm creating my own recipes.
I recently made a spicy chuck roast, with lots of garlic, green chilies, fresh tomatoes and onion, that resulted in the most flavorful, tender, stringy beef for tacos, I have ever had. And we do have some great Mexican restaurants in Texas, so I know good tacos. My hubby was so pleased he said he'd marry me all over again. It's definitely something I would have been intimidated to try, if not enjoying experimenting with White's recipes and adapting them to my taste. I'll eventually add another clay cook book to my library, but will have a special fondness for White's book because it paved the way for me to get started again, with this wonderful cooking method.
I'm thrilled to be reunited with my clay cooker. Every time I use it, I think of our sisters before us, and the vast history of clay cooking. There's something a little rustic and primitive about it---not unlike the same feeling our men have starting that charcoal fire. Both will take you back to your roots---in a good way.