Now & Again - Julia Turshen - Promotion

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending a celebration of Julia Turshen's new book Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers. This event was held at Caroline Glover's Annette, a scratch-to-table restaurant housed in the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado. 

I want to share a little about the event and Caroline Glover, the chef and owner of Annette, before I start my accolades of Julia's newest title. Annette was founded in the Fall of 2016 and named for Caroline's feisty and brilliant great aunt Netsie.  Photographs line the restaurant walls and a member of the restaurant's staff shared a small portion of Netsie's story with me as I studied them. Afterwards, I felt that Netsie was someone I would have enjoyed knowing. The photo below depicts Netsie and Caroline years ago.

Of course, I asked if Netsie influenced Caroline's passion for cooking, and the answer to that question was a resounding no. However, I did learn that Netsie made tamales and martinis like a rockstar. What Netsie did teach her great niece was to have an opinion, which has carried Caroline through many years in the restaurant industry from New York to Colorado. In 2017, Annette was named one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit magazine, and Caroline and her staff were nominated for two James Beard awards, in the best chef southwest and best new restaurant categories.

On Annette's website they invite diners to be their guest and feel at home.  I felt the need to tell you Caroline's story so that you can understand how special this restaurant is and why Julia chose it for this intimate event, which in turn reflects upon the type of person Julia Turshen is.

As I am wont to do, I was early to the event and decided to sit in the outside seating area to write for a bit. Julia walked up about thirty minutes later, so I followed her inside and had a seat. I spoke to the staff, took some photos and then ended up chatting with Julia before anyone else arrived. Julia is the real deal, kind, smart, funny and truly cares about people. She made sure everyone was greeted and had personal conversations with all the attendees as well as had us all share a little about ourselves. Caroline's attentive staff made each guest feel at home - Julia made each of us feel as if we were important and family. It was one of the nicest experiences that I have had with complete strangers who felt like long-lost friends. 

Community and caring for friends and family are very important to Julia. Feeding people is so much more than nourishment. Meal time is sacred. Sharing time  listening to others, enjoying food and each other, builds relationships. Food is love and Julia loves food and people. 

Her goals for this book were simple but profound. She wants us to learn that cooking isn't difficult and needn't be expensive, that leftovers can be fun, and to make sure we all have the tools needed to gather people around our table. Julia inspires us to cook, teaches us to trust ourselves, and build a set of skills to be comfortable in the kitchen. All this is conveyed with beautiful photographs, thoughtful recipes, and genuine heartfelt words.

Now & Again is seasonally organized by menus with ideas for reimagining leftovers, which in turn eliminates food waste. However, before you have a leftover you must have the original meal. Therefore, she shares dishes that are comforting and varied with myriad ideas to make leftovers (if any) fresh and exciting. This book like all her previous work is no small victory.

Julia is touring in support of her book and her schedule can be found on our calendar. Just a reminder, Now & Again is one of our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club's selections for January. Special thanks to Chronicle Books for sharing one of Julia's recipes complete with leftover inspiration with our members. Be sure to add these recipes to your bookshelf. After the recipe, read about our exciting giveaway. 

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Celebration chicken with sweet potatoes + dates 
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Serves 8 to 10 

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year. There are a lot of symbolic foods associated with the holiday, most of them sweet to help usher in a sweet new year. This chicken is a bit of a Rosh Hashanah riff on the famous Chicken Marbella from the The Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso. Just like that extremely popular recipe, this chicken doesn't require much work and yields a crowd-pleasing, highly flavorful result. It calls for just one roasting pan, in which you both mix everything and cook. There are no extra bowls or pans, no browning chicken in batches, and definitely no fuss. You also get a two-for-one moment: the sweet potatoes and dates (sweet for Rosh Hashanah!) give you an instant side dish.

  • ¼ cup [60 ml] apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup [60 ml] olive oil
  • ¼ cup [60 ml] water
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Two 3- to 4-lb [1.4- to 1.8-kg] chickens, each cut into 10 pieces (2 wings, 2 legs, 2 thighs, and 2 breasts cut in half across the bone), backbone discarded (or saved for another use, like stock), at room temperature

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, about 2 lb [910 g] total, unpeeled, scrubbed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 12 large dried dates (preferably Medjool), halved and pitted
  • A small handful of chopped fresh soft herbs (cilantro, parsley, dill, and/or chives all work well)

Preheat your oven to 425°F [220°C].

In a large roasting pan, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, water, garlic, salt, and pepper (you want a pan that's big enough to hold all of the chicken pieces in a single layer; a disposable aluminum pan is good for this if your roasting pan isn't large enough). Add the chicken pieces, sweet potatoes, and dates. Use your hands to mix everything together and get the marinade on all of chicken, sweet potatoes, and dates. Warning: the following is a bit messy, but bear with me. Move everything around so the sweet potatoes and dates are in a single layer on the bottom of the pan and the chicken pieces, skin-side up, are in a single, even layer on top.

Roast until the sweet potatoes are tender (test with a fork or a paring knife) and the chicken pieces are firm to the touch and their exposed skin is nicely browned, about 1 hour. Let the chicken rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving.

To serve, transfer the chicken, sweet potatoes, and dates to a large serving platter and pour all of the cooking juices over the top (or serve directly from the roasting pan, giving everything a little mix first). Sprinkle with the herbs and serve warm.

Coronation chicken salad 
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Shred whatever chicken you have left (discard the skin and bones) and roughly chop the leftover sweet potatoes and dates. Put all of that into a bowl, sprinkle with a generous amount of curry powder, and add a large spoonful of mango chutney (or apricot jam, or just leave it out if you've got enough sweet dates) and stir to mix. Add just enough mayonnaise (or plain Greek yogurt) to bind everything together and season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in some thinly sliced scallions and, if you'd like a bit of crunch, some chopped roasted almonds. Serve on toast or in lettuce cups.

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Back to the event, after everyone had signed books and their OXO gift bags in hand, there were additional copies of Now & Again leftover (ironically, get it left over....Julia's book is somewhat about leftovers - I'm here all night, tip your wait staff). Julia autographed three of those books and sent them home with me to giveaway to our members!

But not only that, OXO who is sponsoring Julia's tour wants to share a few of their products with you as well: the On-the-Go Lunch Container and Small Citrus Juicer. I love OXO products and was so happy to see these two items in our bag last evening. My husband and son take their lunch everyday (and most times they are leftovers) so the lunch container will come in handy. The citrus juicer will be used a great deal in my kitchen because I am a lemon fanatic.

Special thanks to OXO for providing a set of these OXO products in our giveaway below, paired with autographed copies of Julia's book! 

 


 

Thanks to Julia and Chronicle Books, we have three autographed copies of Now & Again and OXO is providing three sets of their products - the  On-the-Go Lunch Container and Small Citrus Juicer - to EYB Members in the US.  Two of the entry options is to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

What OXO product would you like to try?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on November 1st, 2018.


Recipe reprinted from Now & Again by Julia Turshen with permission by Chronicle Books, 2018

108 Comments

  • riley  on  9/28/2018 at 2:11 AM

    Chilaquiles Verdes and a 9" Glass Pie Pan

  • lpatterson412  on  9/28/2018 at 4:35 AM

    Chicken and roasted tomato enchilada!

  • JRumi  on  9/28/2018 at 6:21 AM

    Braised pork with red wine and cherries

  • JRumi  on  9/28/2018 at 6:26 AM

    Seal and store rotary grater

  • icicle  on  9/28/2018 at 8:35 AM

    Chicken tikka tacos sound intriguing.

  • smartie101  on  9/28/2018 at 8:38 AM

    Eggplant Dip

  • matag  on  9/28/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Shrimp + kimchi pancakes

  • icicle  on  9/28/2018 at 8:41 AM

    Chicken tikka tacos sound intriguing and I'm always a sucker for cookie scoops.

  • matag  on  9/28/2018 at 8:44 AM

    Herb mincer

  • rlmolnar  on  9/28/2018 at 8:54 AM

    Italian flag baked pasta (sounds like perfect comfort food) and some glass storage containers.

  • Shelley.b  on  9/28/2018 at 9:21 AM

    Vegetable chopper with easy pour opening

  • Shelley.b  on  9/28/2018 at 9:22 AM

    Shrimp and kimchi pancakes

  • MiMi60  on  9/28/2018 at 10:09 AM

    I would like to try Eggplant dip and I would love the OXO Good Grips 10-Piece Bakeware Set.

  • lauriesk  on  9/28/2018 at 10:16 AM

    Crunchy asparagus salad with Marcona almonds

  • lauriesk  on  9/28/2018 at 10:19 AM

    Oxo 30 piece smart seal glass and plastic container set.

  • Moniquelfp  on  9/28/2018 at 10:31 AM

    Spicy Pozole

  • kmn4  on  9/28/2018 at 10:36 AM

    Spiced banana brown bread

  • kmn4  on  9/28/2018 at 10:44 AM

    Good Grips 3 Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set

  • rchesser  on  9/28/2018 at 11:14 AM

    The Spiced Banana Brown Bread

  • rchesser  on  9/28/2018 at 11:21 AM

    The Countertop Cereal Dispenser.

  • Maefleur  on  9/28/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Braised pork with red wine + cherries sounds delicious!

  • Maefleur  on  9/28/2018 at 11:28 AM

    the 10 pc POP storage container set

  • FaithB  on  9/28/2018 at 11:35 AM

    I'd love to make the Spicy Pozole and know I'd make good use of the lemon juicer.

  • Joy001  on  9/28/2018 at 11:40 AM

    Toasted coconut cake and the lemon juicer.

  • inflytur  on  9/28/2018 at 11:55 AM

    Creamy Spinach Toasts caught my eye. It looks like a variation of Welsh rarebit. My kitchen looks like a showroom of Oxo products. They design things that make my life so much easier on days when my arthritis is bad. I think I should expand my collection to try their cleaning line.

  • linded  on  9/28/2018 at 12:03 PM

    I’d like to try Jody’s plum bibonade because “bibonade” is a great word! The juicer with measuring cup looks practical, I’d definitely use it.

  • Brancica  on  9/28/2018 at 12:31 PM

    I’d love that celebration chicken

  • SheilaS  on  9/28/2018 at 1:53 PM

    I'd make that celebration chicken just so I could try the coronation chicken salad. And I could really use that OXO citrus juicer.

  • Emily Hope  on  9/28/2018 at 2:08 PM

    I'm excited to try the beef and zucchini meatballs with tahini sauce, and I think that lunch container might be great for my son!

  • Bigcricket  on  9/28/2018 at 3:27 PM

    Eggplant dip sound delishes

  • ravensfan  on  9/28/2018 at 4:09 PM

    Creamy spinach toasts

  • ravensfan  on  9/28/2018 at 4:11 PM

    OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker

  • SLane  on  9/28/2018 at 4:49 PM

    On-the-go lunchbox

  • Lmocooks  on  9/28/2018 at 5:16 PM

    Spicy pozole

  • Lmocooks  on  9/28/2018 at 5:17 PM

    I’d make great use of the 10 piece steel POP food storage canisters

  • Laura1  on  9/28/2018 at 6:26 PM

    eggplant dip and the citrus juicer

  • amyz218  on  9/28/2018 at 6:31 PM

    Grilled Vietnamese Flank Steak

  • Hllbnt  on  9/28/2018 at 9:53 PM

    Spicy Pozole

  • Nancith  on  9/28/2018 at 10:02 PM

    Charoset quinoa sounds quite interesting.

  • eatysmith  on  9/28/2018 at 10:53 PM

    Herb mincer!

  • eatysmith  on  9/28/2018 at 10:55 PM

    The OXO SteeL 10-Piece POP Food Storage Container Set would be useful!

  • love2chow  on  9/29/2018 at 2:40 PM

    Chicken + black-eyed pea chili and the Eggplant + pork potstickers

  • love2chow  on  9/29/2018 at 2:43 PM

    OXO SteeL 10-Piece POP Food Storage Container Set

  • t.t  on  9/30/2018 at 12:47 AM

    Kale kuku sabzi

  • t.t  on  9/30/2018 at 12:51 AM

    OXO Little salad and herb spinner

  • monasli  on  9/30/2018 at 2:17 AM

    Crispy tofu and asparagus stir fry

  • monasli  on  9/30/2018 at 2:25 AM

    Crispy tofu and asparagus stir fry. OXO grater...

  • MissisG  on  9/30/2018 at 9:32 AM

    Crispy tofu and asparagus stir fry

  • sarahawker  on  9/30/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Penne ai funghi

  • sarahawker  on  9/30/2018 at 10:43 AM

    30 Piece Smart Seal Glass & Plastic Container Set

  • BMeyer  on  9/30/2018 at 8:01 PM

    braised pork with red wine and cherries

  • mpdeb98  on  9/30/2018 at 8:16 PM

    Easy nectarine crumble and the countertop cereal dispenser

  • Siegal  on  10/1/2018 at 9:32 AM

    I want to make cilantro and coconut chutney

  • Siegal  on  10/1/2018 at 9:33 AM

    I can use the drying rack for bottles!!

  • MamaEnki  on  10/1/2018 at 6:15 PM

    Toasted coconut cake

  • tarae1204  on  10/1/2018 at 8:33 PM

    Chicken tikka tacos sound delicious!

  • sgump  on  10/2/2018 at 1:54 PM

    The shrimp + kimchi pancakes sound lovely! And I like the design of the OXO steel 10-piece POP food storage container set!

  • leilx  on  10/2/2018 at 3:56 PM

    Zucchini hummus! For OXO, the jar spatula and a set of cookie dough press disks

  • jmay42066  on  10/2/2018 at 4:07 PM

    Chicken tikka tacos

  • jmay42066  on  10/2/2018 at 4:10 PM

    OXO Good Grips 10-Piece Bakeware Set

  • kcw214  on  10/2/2018 at 4:38 PM

    Almond Horchata.

  • tennyogirl  on  10/3/2018 at 2:05 PM

    whole wheat and cumin flatbread

  • tennyogirl  on  10/3/2018 at 2:13 PM

    Cookie press with disk storage case

  • Mariarosa  on  10/3/2018 at 8:29 PM

    Chicken + black-eyed pea chili, and the Oxo Non-stick pro cookie sheet

  • stjones  on  10/4/2018 at 6:11 PM

    curried scrambled egg salad

  • tbousamra  on  10/5/2018 at 9:54 AM

    Would love to try all the dessert recipes!

  • heyjude  on  10/6/2018 at 2:49 AM

    Raspberries with Cocoa Whipped Cream

  • heyjude  on  10/6/2018 at 2:51 AM

    I love all the OXO products, but I've especially have been wanting the Mandoline.

  • debbiehb  on  10/6/2018 at 5:47 AM

    Italian flag baked pasta

  • debbiehb  on  10/6/2018 at 5:52 AM

    3 in 1 Avocado slicer

  • southerncooker  on  10/6/2018 at 9:18 AM

    I'd love to try the Shrimp + kimchi pancakes and from oxo a smooth edge can opener.

  • milgwimper  on  10/6/2018 at 12:34 PM

    Spicy Pozole and stainess spoon rest or the expandable utensil organizers.

  • choppergirl  on  10/7/2018 at 6:48 PM

    Curried scrambled egg salad and 30 Piece Smart Seal Glass & Plastic Container Set

  • Bwalker  on  10/11/2018 at 11:46 AM

    Creamy roasted tomato soup & oxo mini/ small salad spinner

  • banba1  on  10/12/2018 at 3:03 AM

    Chicken + roasted tomato enchiladas and an OXO electric kettle.

  • skyejaden  on  10/14/2018 at 10:19 AM

    Garlic toast meatballs and the smooth edge can opener!!

  • jinni  on  10/15/2018 at 9:40 AM

    The mandolins. Sounds delicious! /kale-kuku-sabzi

  • NancyLynn  on  10/15/2018 at 7:44 PM

    banana bread french toast

  • jezpurr  on  10/16/2018 at 4:54 PM

    Curried scrambled egg salad!!!^_^

  • jezpurr  on  10/16/2018 at 4:56 PM

    The Cold Brew Coffee Brewer!!!^_^

  • NaomiH  on  10/17/2018 at 9:53 AM

    Chicken + black-eyed pea chili

  • NaomiH  on  10/17/2018 at 9:59 AM

    Good Grips OXO Good Grips 11lb Food Scale with Pull Out Display

  • herosky  on  10/17/2018 at 7:56 PM

    I would try Creamy spinach toasts first. These sound perfect for our game nights! The on-the-go drying rack for bottles with the included brush on the OXO site looks amazing.

  • katehill  on  10/17/2018 at 8:38 PM

    I would cook the garlic toast meatballs and would love to try the OXO Kitchen shears

  • LaurenE  on  10/17/2018 at 10:33 PM

    Chicken tikka tacos

  • LaurenE  on  10/17/2018 at 10:37 PM

    I could use an updated pastry cutter

  • Amdona  on  10/17/2018 at 11:29 PM

    Garlic toast meatballs

  • Amdona  on  10/17/2018 at 11:37 PM

    Herb mincer and garlic toast meatballs

  • Brancica  on  10/18/2018 at 6:30 AM

    Coronation chicken salad and an Oxi mandaline

  • barbarapalermo  on  10/18/2018 at 7:49 AM

    Creamy spinach toasts

  • Dannausc  on  10/19/2018 at 6:40 PM

    Creamy spinach toasts and oxo grater

  • anightowl  on  10/19/2018 at 7:47 PM

    3 Piece Squeeze & Pour Silicone Measuring Cup Set

  • anightowl  on  10/19/2018 at 7:55 PM

    Chicken + roasted tomato enchiladas

  • lgroom  on  10/19/2018 at 8:13 PM

    Curried scrambled egg salad and I would love an OXO mandoline.

  • LeMinou  on  10/19/2018 at 8:14 PM

    Garlic Toast Meatballs sound good. I love all OXO products.

  • jbaugher  on  10/19/2018 at 8:53 PM

    Apple Cider Gravy

  • ktpotat  on  10/19/2018 at 9:55 PM

    Cheesy rice fritters and The Revive French press.

  • Green713  on  10/19/2018 at 10:15 PM

    Shrimp and kimchi pancakes sound delicious and the coffee pour over would be awesome!

  • sequoia55  on  10/20/2018 at 3:55 AM

    Toasted coconut cake

  • jennifersbrown  on  10/20/2018 at 7:36 AM

    Maple syrup old fashioneds!

  • RSW  on  10/20/2018 at 8:03 AM

    Scrambled eggs with cilantro + coconut chutney storage containers

  • mrscahughes  on  10/20/2018 at 1:58 PM

    Anything with eggplant or chickpeas.

  • jim.windle  on  10/21/2018 at 1:27 PM

    braised pork with red wine & cherries, a mandolin

  • sallansd  on  10/21/2018 at 4:01 PM

    Creamy spinach toasts

  • sallansd  on  10/21/2018 at 4:06 PM

    OXO 9-Cup Thermal Carafe

  • Sfgordon  on  10/22/2018 at 3:48 AM

    I would love to try the Kale kuku sabzi.

  • Sfgordon  on  10/22/2018 at 3:51 AM

    I just moved and I want to keep my new kitchen organized. I'd try https://www.oxo.com/products/storage-organization/pop-containers/oxo-steel-10-piece-pop-food-storage-container-set

  • EmilyR  on  10/22/2018 at 11:30 PM

    Grilled Vietnamese Flank Steak and the space saving drying rack... or the pour over server. Beautiful!

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