This month I am participating in a virtual cookbook book club called Cook the Books. The ladies at Grow and Resist and Oh, Briggsy are hosting a year long cookbook challenge. So each month they picked a different book and a bunch of people will cook things and post blogs about them as well as reviews of the books.
January's book is Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. I am usually hesitant to look at french cook books because there are always hard to find ingredients and the techniques take to long for me right now. This book is wonderful. Ms. Greenspan includes recipes and stories that are simple, tasty and quick. I made a pumpkin flan, and plan to make pissaladiere (onion anchovy pizza), salmon rillettes, tuna confit with black olive tapenade, and possible a fresh orange pork loin. Stay tuned.....
I started with a Pumpkin Gorgonzola Flan (pg 146):
The recipe is simple: mix some eggs, cream and pumpkin together. Season and top with Gorgonzola Cheese and bake in a water bath. I didn't have a can of pumpkin and was not going back to the store. But I just happen to have a butternut squash in the basement from the garden this year. So I roasted and pureed it first. I think this would only take about 8 minutes to make if you used canned pumpkin, but the butternut was also super yummy.