I have a thing for cafe food. I’ve read Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, many more times than I should ever admit – probably going into triple digits. I love a place with regulars coming in every day. Hearing the goings-on in the community, be it a small town or an ice rink – it feels like the center of things in that particular area; the hub.
Cafe food is a big inspiration in my home cooking. I have cast iron griddles that I’ve had for several years now – and truth be told I have a particular affection for my cast iron because it reminds me of cooking on a grill. I even found, at Surfas in Culver City, a baster, which is the round lid that you can place directly on the grill for melting and steaming. My baster is great for fried eggs, melting cheese quickly – it bastes and melts, keeping the moisture in. One great hat-trick!
Many inspirations for cooking come into my life daily, but the Cafe – I can say, is one I use on a daily basis. Griddle, I suppose would be a more accurate word for it, but I prefer to use “grill”. Menus from coffee shops are a favorite of mine – great inspirations for my own versions made in my home kitchen. Just one of many, many inspirations for home cooking!