Day 129…

Dirty Copper

 Mom's copper pots

Mom's copper pots

 Copper Bowl

Copper Bowl

Today I am posting something incredibly special to me, this is a collection of my mother's old copper cookware.  I have mentioned this before, but my mother was an incredible cook.  She loved this cookware for good reason, not only is it beautiful, but it happens to be excellent for cooking. Copper is a wonderful conductor of heat, but quickly loses heat after removal from a burner, making it really great for food that needs flash cooking, (shrimp, scallops etc.)  Copper bowls are also the best for whipping egg whites, I could go into the molecular reasons for that, but that is just TOO food nerd.  (but I will put a link to why below;)

I am in the process of remodeling our kitchen, and I cannot wait to display these beauties in it. Another thing I inherited from my mother was a tremendous love of cooking. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house, and I delight in preparing meals for my family and friends,  just like my mom did.  Every time she would visit, there would be a night that she would cook a favorite meal for the family.  In honor of my mom, I am going to share a recipe for something I always asked her to make. This is not a fancy recipe, this is just pure, delicious comfort food.  There are not exact measurements, as this is a "to taste" recipe, but I will do my best to make it easy:

Mom's Lamb and Rice

  • 1lb ground lamb (or more if you want leftovers!)
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • cooked rice (white or brown ok, mom always used white)
  • Greek seasoning  (http://www.greekseasoning.com)
  • fresh dill

Brown ground lamb in a large pan. After browning, drain lamb and return to pan (medium heat) add Greek seasoning (to taste) cooked rice and lemon zest.  Heat together.  After removing from heat, finish with fresh dill, and Voila, the simplest, yummiest comfort dish ever.

If your feeling saucy, this is also good with a little feta thrown in.  Enjoy.  xo

http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingsworkfaqs/f/copperbowl.htm