Jul. 30th, 2009

starlady: (dodge this)
I made this soup (the 1991 version) Monday night and it turned out great, though immediately after finishing it tasted like a salt lick and I was angry, because I spent 40 minutes peeling tomatoes for a salt lick? But no, after setting overnight it was delicious, and I'm definitely going to take the 2009 version, a sort of cod-Bloody Mary, for a whirl, though I don't even like Bloody Marys usually. Also, don't believe the tyranny of the food mill! I peeled, seeded, and chopped my tomatoes coarsely before throwing them in the food processor on the lowest setting for about 20 seconds, and they came out perfect--lumpy, but way smoother than a salsa, which is what I would have gotten with my knife and cutting board. Also I diced the celery in the food processor. I don't really have knife skills, but at my level, I can get by.

Michelle Sagara (aka Michelle West, aka Michelle Sagara West, aka [livejournal.com profile] msagara) is one of my favorite authors, and the great thing about her Chronicles of Elantra series, from Luna Books, is that the titles come out once a year--so, unlike the books she writes as Michelle West, from DAW, every year brings a new book to devour. Of course I went out and bought Cast in Silence, the new book, as soon as my local Borders showed it "likely in store."

Cast in Silence )

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