A Seinfeld Cookbook – Double Delicious

You’ve heard about the lawsuit won by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, over her first book, Deceptively Delicious?  Great publicity – now Doubly Delicious is on the New York Times bestseller list.

Neither Seinfeld nor Missy Chase Lapine (author of Sneaky Chef) probably created the idea of hiding veggies in the cake.  I once had a cookbook with zucchini cake that looked just like chocolate – fooled everyone in my family – and used up all the summer squash taking over my garden.

You can skip the introduction on shopping, stocking, and reading labels – you’ve heard it all before – as well as the tips before each section – “cut down on added salt…”

Of course, I went straight to the dessert section (supposedly Jerry’s favorites) – with Jessica’s approving – “Deprivation always leads down the wrong path…”

The idea is pureed vegetables hidden in the treat – with carrots as a definite theme – carrot puree in chocolate bread pudding, chocolate yogurt cheesecake, mixed berry cobbler, tiramisu, lemon poppy seed cake.   Brownies with spinach puree – maybe – but I stopped at chickpeas in the chocolate chip cookies.  Enough!

No need to hide.  I like my veggies up front and visible.  And my chocolate chips with nuts – no beans.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today is Longfellow’s birthday and I’ll bet you can quote at least one of his 174 poems…

  • I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I know not where
  • Ships that pass in the night and speak to each other in passing
  • Under a spreading chestnut-tree, The village smithy stands
  • Listen my children and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…One if by land, and two if by sea…

He was friend to Hawthorne, Dickens, and Oscar Wilde, among others.  Ralph Waldo Emerson called Longfellow ” a sweet and beautiful soul.”  And in Drood, Dan Simmons refers to Longfellow’s work in translating Dante’s Inferno.

Charles Calhoun wrote a biography, Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life, that includes Longfellow’s “tragic romantic life–his first wife dies tragically early, after a miscarriage, and his second wife, Fannie Appleton, dies after accidentally setting herself on fire.”  And Meghan Fitzmaurice wrote a young adult summary of his life for The Library of American Thinkers series – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: American Poet, Linguist, and Educator.  The latter gives all the essential facts, with some great pictures, especially of the young beardless Longfellow.  I am more familiar, as everyone else, with his portrait as the elder with a long white beard.

A teacher, a college professor, a family man, a New Englander from Maine- but most of all, a lover of books, who learned to read at three years old.  My favorite Longfellow quote…

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,

And all the sweet serenity of books. “