A Cookbook About Speedy Cooking from A Man Who Knows Speedy Writing

Tonight's dinner of "Lemon Grass and White Bean Turkey Chili'' can be on the table in about half an hour.

When the food editor of the Associated Press writes a cookbook, you know it’s got to be all about getting food on the table fast.

After all, J.M. Hirsch’s job at the wire service is all about disseminating information timely and quickly.

His new book, “High Flavor, Low Labor” (Ballentine Books) features nearly 150 recipes designed for busy, working families who want to put creative dishes on the table, but don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove for hours to do it.

His “Lemon Grass and White Bean Turkey Chili” is an example of that. It’s sort of a cross between the classic Thai soup, tom kha gai, and American white chili. Made with ground turkey, coconut milk and jalapenos, it takes only about half an hour to make.

Since lemon grass isn’t always available at every corner store, I’ve taken to keeping a few stalks growing at all times in my back yard. That way, I always have a supply when I need it.

The next time you spy lemon grass at your Asian market, buy a few extra to plant. Remove any dry exterior layers, then stick the stalks in a glass of water for a week or so, until roots begin to emerge. Then, plant the stalks in a container or in your backyard, and water regularly.

When you need it, you can either dig up the entire stalk to use or just cut off the stalks at the base, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing.

Enjoy your freshly harvested lemon grass in Hirsch’s recipe for “Lemon Grass and White Bean Turkey Chili,” which you’ll find, along with my review of the book, at ProjectFoodie.

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Date: Thursday, 11. November 2010 5:25
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  1. 1

    Sounds like a great book, thanks for telling us about it. The chili is a really unique (and delicious-sounding!) idea!

  2. 2

    That dish looks yummy and the book sounds great!



  3. 3

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  4. 4

    Ha! High flavor and low labor is my kind of cooking too! And this dish looks very appetizing. Can imagine me having them with a big bowl of steamed rice!

  5. 5

    I never knew how to grow lemon grass, I will certainly give it a go, though my gardening skills are shocking, I struggle to keep parsley alive!! But lemon grass is so handy to have around, thanks for the tip

  6. 6

    Lemongrass and white bean chili sounds very intriguing. I’m going to have to check this one out.

    Love the title “High Flavor, Low Labor”

  7. 7

    love the tip on growing lemongrass – I am gonna try it!

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    Carolyn, THANK YOU for the lemon grass tutorial! On occasion I have resorted to that stuff that comes in a tube and it definitely did not measure up. This will be not only a back-yard project for me ASAP, but a potentially great gift for my hard-to-buy-for foodie son!

  9. 9

    This sounds perfect for a cold weather meal…if we ever get any cold weather around here!

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