Back in the day, I subscribed to the late, great Gourmet magazine. Every month I swooned over gorgeous photos of exotic places, dreamt of touring France in a hot air balloon, and of course tried many recipes. One dish in particular I resurrected this year: a rum-glazed sweet potato, apple and chestnut gratin.
I had first made this recipe ages ago, staying up until one a.m. to roast and peel each and every chestnut. But the results were so delicious that it was worth the labor, so I continued to make it. (I have since discovered ready-made chestnuts.)
Then my kids, being kids, declined even to touch the lovingly prepared dish, so I stopped making it.
Until this fall. At Rosh Hashanah, I made a double batch, expecting to bring the second half to my friend’s home the second day of the holiday. But the rather small group around my dining room table vacuumed up almost the entire casserole.
Hmm. Something was up. Perhaps now that they are all grown and with little ones of their own, I should try it on my kids?
So, I made a triple batch for Thanksgiving dinner and all but a few tablespoons disappeared.
Gourmet may be long gone, but it will remain for me a portal into a beautiful world of culinary and travel delights.
And, thank goodness for Google. The recipe is available online!