ISSUE 141
October 1st, 2021
SHARING A LITTLE MAGIC

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."

― Julia Child

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Food is love, and I’m not even sure I should be proud to say it, but that’s my experience, whether I’m cooking with or for the people I love or having them cook for me. It is simply one of the truths of my life. I loved making beautiful snacks for my kids and preparing their school lunches. When cooking and love come together, there’s an undeniable magic: lifelong memories are created.

COOKING FOR LUCY'S SCHOOL CLASS
My kids went to the same school for 14 years, and their school’s tradition was for each student to bring a birthday snack on their special day. Every year I’d ask my kids what they wanted to bring, and for most of Lucy’s 14 years the answer was my poached pears from my cookbook. I must say, those poached pears became a bit of a phenomenon.
MY PHENOMENAL POACHED PEARS

Lucy’s friends looked forward to them each year because they were, quite frankly, delicious. To this day, when they see me, those kids remember them. (You’ll find one friend’s recollection below.) It became a ritual in our school community, and it’s ingrained in their memories. The full recipe is in my book in the family chapter, but below is another.

PEARS ARE PERFECT

Peel, core, half, and stem pears. Poach in apple or mango juice until done. Truly delicious on their own, and with a topping of Icelandic Provisions Skyr, blended in a shake, or diced atop a bowl of oatmeal they’re absolutely memorable.

YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO MAKE THESE...

I also loved to send my kids with “dirt cups” or St. Patrick’s Day cookies. Rather than celebrating the major holidays like everybody else, I liked finding different ones. Find unique ways to celebrate life! That is certainly one of the gifts Patty Turner taught us.

DIRT CUPS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LUCY'S FAVORITE

While my mom was not a spectacular cook, she certainly knew how to celebrate a moment, she knew how to give love, and she showed her love through music, as I do through food. My sisters and I like to say that our childhood was filled with music, love, and laughter.

HOW SWEET ARE THESE COOKIES?

I’m a lover of tradition, and I’m a lover of memories and how they shape and transform who we are. I loved sending my kids off with a beautiful lunch, knowing they could feel the love in my food. I enjoyed the thought of my kids at school eating what I’d packed and I remember how happy we all were that they loved my food. It’s so much more than 1+1 = 2. Food plus love has an incalculable effect on family, memories, and relationships. Below, Lucy's childhood classmate and friend Jodie is chiming in with a story about poached pears:

POACHED PEARS ARE KIND OF FAMOUS IN OUR WORLD...

Growing up I wasn’t a big fruit kid, my mom couldn’t really get me to eat any. I had a friend in grade school (Lucy) who told me they were bringing in poached pears that their mom made for our class. I had no idea what poached pears were when Lucy brought them in but I tried them and thought they were the best tasting thing ever. I then looked forward to poached pears each year from Lucy's mom, and other students became obsessed too. I always think of Lucy and their mom's poached pears when I think of elementary school. Now I’m graduated from college living on my own and I felt like it all came full circle last holiday season when my mom surprised me with Teri’s cookbook and stuck a sticky note on the recipe for poached pears.

Jodie Jarcho
Chicago, IL
@jjarcho

WE LOVE A BIT OF CRUNCHY DELICIOUSNESS

We are crazy about our recipe of the week: Chicken Piccata. I’ve created a gluten-free, Whole30 version of this crunchy bit of deliciousness, which is absolutely perfect for fall! If you’ve never made it, it’s a run don’t walk situation!

THIS PAN IS SIMPLY AWESOME

I’m more than just a little bit thrilled with my rondeau pan by Made In. It’s perfect for my Chicken Piccata, not to mention stock, braising, and large batch cooking, and I’m so proud to announce that we’re sharing one with a nocrumbsleft blog subscriber! Click here and follow the instructions on this Instagram post to enter this giveaway! I’m delighted that Made In has also given me the ability to share a discount with you: using the code Crumbles, you’ll get 20% off on your order on most items. This is the most awesome pan, and if you cook for a family and are looking for a stock pot, this is an amazing silhouette for larger batch cooking.

FEELING GOOD ON MY YEAR OF HEALTH

So many followers continue to be curious about my Year of Heath, and this week many of you asked how much weight I’ve lost. While I did begin the year with an intention to lose weight, actually this experience has been about learning how to live my best life by making one good decision after another. It definitely has not been about deprivation, and it hasn’t been about eliminating “taboo” foods. I’ve been eating modest portions of the delicious foods I love—and I do happen to love some healthful foods.

YEAR OF HEALTH CAN STILL BE ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS

I’ve been taking the right high-quality supplements from MaryRuth Organics, from my weight management probiotic to my digestive enzymes, and I’ve truly come to love them and the difference they make. I’ve been making intentional choices, enjoying smaller portions, and prioritizing date nights with Roy, which include a Friday night martini and sometimes dessert. I’ve also been taking time off. In the spirit of that, next week I’ll be enjoying a week in the sun in Mexico, so there will be no Friday Favorites next week. Please join me virtually on the Stories, plus I’m sure we’ll have a few behind the scenes back home.

EACH PIECE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL POTTERY COMES ENGRAVED WITH A GOOD LUCK SYMBOL

You may have noticed that most of the pottery pieces (Crum-bowls excluded) have symbols on the bottom. I love the idea that each of us can bring magic into the world, and in that spirit, we have incorporated a horseshoe, a wishbone, a shamrock, the eye of wisdom, and even my own personal good luck symbols: the rooster for my mother and the number 48 for me. They are engraved onto the bottom of the bowls and chosen randomly for each purchaser. It simply makes me happy to send a little bit of magic out into the world. Be sure to check your inbox Saturday morning, because we’re releasing a new truly spectacular product that many of you have been waiting for!

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