By most accounts, I am a fairly experienced cook. I have been the primary food preparer in my household for most of the past 40 years. I have made hundreds of loaves of sourdough bread, starting from whole wheat or rye berries. I have six fermentation crocks, and one is going most of the time. I have made a variety of fermented “soft drinks,” my current favorite being various fruit-based shrubs. One of Lynda’s nieces claims she likes to visit us in San Francisco at least partially to eat my food. Yet, I am only the second best Cowan male chef.
My first inkling that my son Joe, who manages production and develops new blends for Dr. Cowan’s Garden, was a budding chef was when he made all the deserts for his sister’s wedding reception. He had gotten the Tartine bakery cookbook, considered by many the best bakery in the U.S., and made most, if not all, the recipes. Soon after, he came one Thanksgiving and made the entire meal from scratch. In comparison, I heat up food. The reason my food sometimes tastes good is because I use the best quality, freshest ingredients and at least don’t ruin them when I cook; Joe actually knows how to cook.
During the past decade, Joe has traveled to Asia and the Far East and developed an appreciation and taste for Asian cuisine. This experience led him to create our newest blend, Threefold Blend (Spicy) Powder. Threefold Spicy merges the Goethean conception of the ideal threefold plant (roots, leaves, fruit); the Asian sense for the marriage of heat, spice and sweet; and innovative ingredients sourced from unique growers. It contains a root (carrot), a rhizome (ginger), a leaf (wasabi) and a fruit (pepper). It has a sweet component in the carrot, spicy components in the ginger and wasabi, and a gentle heat component in the peppers.
The wasabi leaves were grown on the only commercial wasabi farm in the U.S. and were stream-grown in a pristine area on the Oregon coast of Oregon. Wasabi is prized not only for its delicate flavor but also its sulfur-based medicinal properties, which greatly aid in the detoxification processes. The peppers are the popular Jimmy Nardello variety, which combines a gentle heat and the sweet-pepper flavor. Peppers are also added to help with the nutrient absorption of any food to which they are added. Ginger is a well-known spice also valued for its medicinal properties, especially its ability to reduce inflammation.
Our Threefold Blend (Spicy) embodies the essence of our company. It is the marriage of amazing flavor, one that will enhance virtually any savory dish, with the medicinal properties found in common foods. In addition, we pursue innovative sources of our raw materials, and whenever possible throw our support behind farmers who are doing right by the earth.
Well done, Joe. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our farmers and our resident chef – Joe.
In health and gratitude,
Tom Cowan, M.D.
Is your ovenproof dish buried at the back of your cupboard collecting dust? If so, dig it out, blow away the dust, and give it a good clean; you will need it for this baked fish recipe. This super versatile recipe is a complete meal, especially if you pair it with mashed potatoes; more on this later. You will also love this recipe if you like to keep washing up to a minimum. Although this recipe is made with red snapper, it works equally well with any type of white flaky fish such as cod, tilapia, bass, grouper or haddock.
What pies are on your family’s Thanksgiving table? Are they the usual apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and pecan? Why not change it up? After all, variety is the spice of life and cake reminds us of celebrations.
This celebration cake is packed with fruits, dried vegetables, healthy fats, and spices. It is similar in texture to carrot cake yet tastes like Thanksgiving. Due to the moistness, mini cake and muffin pans are used, as a standard-sized cake would crumble too easily during the filling and frosting stage. Mini cakes and cupcakes are festively fun and small enough to sample other desserts without feeling overindulgent. (Like that's not going to happen on Thanksgiving 🦃.)