You know, she would probably appreciate that I use her real name.
Last weekend I met Smitten Kitchen Deb, and she was fabulous.
If you hadn’t heard, Deb Perelman is the author of Smitten Kitchen, an utterly wonderful food blog of the highest order. She recently wrote her first cookbook and has been touring the country in promotion, but also in food and friendship. She was kind enough to meet with a group of food bloggers here in St. Louis and chat about her blog, her readership, and her experience with toasted ravioli (a St. Louis native food that I’m not especially proud of).
The book signing was held at the unique space that is Left Bank Books. When I arrived for the food blogger meet and greet, an hour before the official event began, the front row seats were already taken. That’s how many readers love Deb, her recipes, and her frank approach to cooking.
The meet and greet bloggers included many St. Louis friends that I mention often:
We chatted about eating and cooking food from our homeland, turning one’s daily recipes into a cookbook, and what if feels like to have an entire linen closet full of one-use kitchen appliances and no linens. Deb was engaging and was as equally locked in to each and every food blogger like they were the ones about to do a book signing for a hundred people.
I’d had her book for well over a month before she visited St. Louis. I often lay in bed at night and page through the eye-catching photos, trying to narrow down what would work for dinner on a busy weeknight. This time though, I was inspired to make something simple…something sweet. As a Twitter friend said – it’s amazing how a simple change can make all the difference.
I made the Smitten Kitchen brown butter crispy treats. Much like traditional “crispy treats,” a blend of butter, marshmallow, and your crispy cereal of choice make this no-bake dessert a favorite of kindergarteners everywhere. As a grown-up, I love the Smitten Kitchen version, where nutty brown butter replaces regular, and flakes of Maldon sea salt liven up the marshmallow.
You’ll need to buy her book to get the actual recipe but suffice it to say, you won’t be disappointed by any of the other recipes, pictures, or anecdotes within those luscious, mouth-watering pages.