When I signed up for a Sara Moulton presentation to the NYWCA, I received this return email: “Would you please prepare a dish from one of Sara’s cookbooks for 10 people and bring it to the event?” (Gulp!) So, off I went to the bookstore to buy “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”
I tried a number of recipes from her book and chose “Rice, Radish and Snap Pea Salad with Seared Beef” because it is delicious, healthy and looks appetizing. It has refreshing Asian flavors (rice vinegar, sesame oil and wasabi), includes ingredients from the various food groups, and has nicely balanced colors.
At home, my husband and I accompanied the salad with Bouké Perlant, a semi-sparkling wine made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and which has some weight. Our daughter accompanied it with cranberry juice, seltzer and a twist of lime. Both were very refreshing.
The NYWCA (New York Women’s Culinary Alliance) event, which took place last week at the French Culinary Institute, was a great success. It was exciting to see Sara’s cookbooks come to life with the dishes we each prepared. She mentioned that it made her nervous for others to cook her dishes, because you never know they’ll turn out. But, I think we did her justice. Photographer Linda Long (www.lindalong.com) took pictures of the food we prepared en route to the table, and with only 30 seconds to shoot each dish, she made them look marvelous. Marketing and Business Consultant Terry Frishman led an interview with Sara, and we heard rollicking stories about her career and the distinguished chefs she met along the way.