On July 13, Sher emailed me her entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, as I was the host that week: Herbed Turkey Meatballs With Cranberry Sauce. The brightly colored photograph on the left was attached to the email. Exactly a week later, Sher passed away. I like the idea of remembering her by choosing a recipe from her blog, What Did You Eat?, and making it. Some of the recipes were inspired by Deborah Madison, who inspires me a lot as well. Out of those recipes, I chose Quinoa Chowder with Feta, Spinach and Scallions (from "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone").
I made several adjustments to the recipe as described by Sher. I found red quinoa at the local grocery store yesterday and I used that. Instead of spinach, I used some greens from my handkerchief-size vegetable garden: mostly kale, some Swiss chard, a few broccoli florets and one baby zucchini with a big flower. Parsley from my herb garden took the place of cilantro, and coarsely grated myzithra that of feta (both are Greek cheeses, so at least here I kept geographically close to the original recipe).
Yesterday, I forgot to buy scallions, so those were left out from the ingredient list. Finally, I decided to use only a quart of chicken broth, and so the end result was a sort of soupy stew. We had it for dinner: it was really good and I am sure I will make it again.
Sher's close friend, Glenna from A Fridge Full of Food, is collecting the links to all the tributes.
On July 4, Sher published a post about Weekend Cat Blogging, where she told the story of one of her baby ground squirrels peeing on her computer. Sher was a cat lover. By coincidence, this week, my husband and I adopted two kittens and named them Sebastian and Enrico (the black one). A photo of our furry friends completes my tribute to Sher.