Put a little parsley on your plate and presto! Your meal is transformed into a work of art. This very concept is what launched the idea for my upcoming cookbook. “It’s the Parsley!”
This, my loyal readers, is the reason my blogs have been sparse. I have been furiously working on the book. It started out to be just a family cookbook for the upcoming wedding of my son, Tyler, and his bride-to-be, Colette.
Many of my blog readers got wind of it and are anxious to purchase a copy. Most of the recipes come with a fun story. Here is the “Introduction”:
It was the annual ski trip to Heavenly Valley, Lake Tahoe. We inherited the time-share at Ridge Pointe on the Nevada side when Nonnie and Papa Nuevo moved to Costa Rica. We loved the location, situated within skiing distance to the lift, Stagecoach, provided there was snow on the road.
After the first day on the slopes, we were famished! We provisioned well, having stopped at Costco for the bargain packages of chicken breasts, steaks, veggies, wine, beer, and of course, Snickers. After a full day on the mountain, tradition called for a session in the giant hot-tub located on the first floor of the building. Excited about being “Mom” again, I decided to stay back to prepare dinner for the “kids”.
Using the limited resources the condo provided, I set the table for five and prepared the chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, and French bread. It was a simple meal, really. When Tyler, Colette, Eli, and Joel walked in there was a hush. Tyler broke the silence: “What is this? A ski condo or a restaurant?” Colette: ” Whoa!” Eli: “Cool!” Joel: “Bonus!”
Tyler: “How did you do this?”
My answer: “It’s the Parsley! Not only that, each plate cost less than five bucks. And guess what? Montreal Steak Seasoning works on chicken, too!”
“Yup. Figure it out. Here’s the Costco receipt.”
Tyler grabbed it and his engineer brain calculated the cost. “I can’t believe this. I come up with $4.89 per plate, not counting leftovers. You should write a book. Everybody wants to know how to do this. You make it look so nice. We usually just toss the food on the plate and it’s all messy.”
We sat down to a candle-light dinner (candle stuck in empty wine bottle), unfolded our paper-towel King’s Hat napkins and the idea for “It’s the Parsley!” was born.
The wedding of Tyler and Colette is the perfect opportunity to make it happen. Enjoy!
In addition – Parsley is one of the world’s healthiest foods!