LOVING NANCY SILVERTON
I have purchased a lot of cookbooks over the years and most of them are worn out. I have all sorts of books; baking (obviously), lots of ethnic books, books by famous chefs, including Nancy Silverton. I used to frequent her "grilled cheese" nights at Campanelli, back in the early 90's and oh do I miss those early morning breakfast's before heading off to create in my first furniture studio. Tartine in S.F. reminds me of what Campanelli used to be; intimate, delicious and casual. I like the food at Mozza (not the wait or the crowd) and I have saved every Food and Wine Magazine that she contributed to (a particular Thanksgiving meal in 1994(?) was one of my all time favorites). My most favorite marinade for flank steak is in her book Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton at Home. Also in that book is one of the BEST Meyer Lemon Tarts, ever!!!! I have a meyer lemon tree for this very recipe.
Both kids were having friends over for playdates today. Made Crotin de Chocolat (pg. 203). As they were baking my house smelled like chocolaty goodness! It permeated the house and the smell lasted for hours. These are a cross between a muffin and a bread (made with yeast), but they are laced with chunks of really, really good bittersweet chocolate. The only thing I would change is that I would not dust them with cocoa powder, I would dust them with powdered sugar instead. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side wouldn't hurt either! They were well received.