Long before the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook became the IT book to have on your kitchen shelves, there was another wildly popular one called the Silver Palate Cookbook by Julie Rosso and Sheila Rufskin owners of the store under the same name in NYC . It was the most exciting cookbook to hit the market since Julia Child's Mastering The Art Of French Cooking. Like Julia's cookbooks, it had no photos but the recipes were straight forward, easy to prepare and different. Everywhere you went in the 1980's, whether for lunch, dinner or drinks, you were sure to find one of its recipes on the menu. It was fun eating, marvelous presentation and really good food.
Some of the dishes that came out of this cookbook, like Chicken Marbella, became legendary to ladies of a certain age like moi; and after thirty odd years, they can still make an impression when served to the right crowd on the right occasion.
|That looks like a regular loaf pan but it is really one of the two mini loaf pans I used.|
Another of the legendary recipes was this salmon mousse, a store staple since the business opened it's doors in the early 80's. Last weekend, it made its appearance on my table after a long absence. After grilling some salmon for dinner and finding myself with more than an ample supply of leftovers, the question was... salmon croquettes or salmon mousse? The croquettes involved frying during what looked to be another scorcher of a week, so the mousse won hands down.
Even after all this time, this salmon recipe is still innovative and different from anything you've ever had. It's not pate and it's not a dip or a spread. It is all of the above plus airy and "moussey". Great as a first course or an appetizer, it can be served with toast points and a salad for a simple lunch; or, like my lunch today, with crackers and cherry tomatoes from our garden.
One caveat...don't leave out for a long time on a hot day. Remember it has whipped cream which will soften in the heat leaving you with a mushy mousse and a couple of sick guest.
I will be posting sporadically until after Labor Day. I have some guests visiting next month, including Madame Mere, and whatever cooking I do won't involve anything new or too complicated. One thing that is definitely on the docket is her favorite Peach Pie.
For the recipe click below