128 posts categorized "Cookbooks"

Bran and Blueberry Muffins

In Blueberry, Breakfast / Brunch, Buttermilk, Chefs, Cookbooks, Eggs, Fruit, Muffin, Recipe
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When the dust had settled on the July 4th weekend a few weeks back and people had packed their bags and left town, I took a few moments to peruse my fridge and various coolers for left-overs that had to be put to use.  It turns out that I did pretty well packing up goodies for everyone to take with so that I wasn't left with too much to plow through here.  Big slabs of cake, containers of carnitas, and various cheeses, dips and spreads all got wrapped up for road trips.  One thing we missed however, was a single crisper drawer just loaded with fresh fruit.

 

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Flour's Chunky Lola Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Oats, Pecan, Recipe, Snacks
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As I was with Sarabeth's "Chocolate Chubbies" that I posted here some time ago, I am grateful for the quirky name that Flour Bakery adopted for these cookies.  Having the word chunky in the name helps me to keep my intake of these dandies in-check as it is a constant reminder of the risks inherent in letting yourself go with a tin full of these on the counter.  Enough said.

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Ham and Peas Pizza

In Cheese, Chefs, Cookbooks, Main Course, Mint, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pea, Pizza, Proscuitto, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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This recipe is from Jim Lahey, the owner of Sullivan Street Bakery and Co. Pizza in NYC.  In addition to the success he enjoys as a baker and restaurateur, Jim became an internet sensation a few years back when his "no knead" bread recipe tore through food blogs like a wild-fire.  Those of you who have been with us a while may recall our experience with his awesome homemade loaf which has become my go-to scratch bread recipe.

Well....Jim has taken his no-knead approach to bread and applied it to the realm of make-at-home pizza, and has recently released a cookbook with all the gory details entitled My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home .  With so many great pie recipes in the book I struggled for a bit to decide which to try first, and ultimately chose the one shown on the cover of the cookbook, his Ham and Peas pizza.  I figure that if it's good enough for the cover, it's good enough for me!

 

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Chocolate-Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Nuts, Oats, Recipe, Snacks, Walnut
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Ever go to a top-notch bakery and buy a huge, delicious chocolate chip cookie and wish that you could make one just like it at home?

Well now you can.

These behemoths, from the famed Tartine Bakery in San Francisco are the ultimate bakery case cookie.  Fully 3" wide, they are packed with chewy-earthy oats, crunchy walnuts and decadently rich bittersweet chocolate.  The addition of molasses gives them a depth of flavor that brown sugar alone can't quite match, and their generous size will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth at your table.

 

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Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings

In Butter, Chefs, Chicken, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Cookbooks, Coriander, Hors d'oeuvres, Lime, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments, Sriracha, Things with Wings
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I feel like I'm on the verge of another "chef crush".

First there was Thomas Keller, the super talented and famous chef behind "The French Laundry", "Per Se", "Bouchon Bakery" and "Ad Hoc".  Over the years I've cooked and shared a number of his recipes here, and each has been the perfect expression of what the dish should be. From quiches, to brownies, to fried chicken, a Keller recipe never disappoints.

So who is the subject of my new "chef crush" you ask?

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Mejadra

In Chefs, Cilantro, Cookbooks, Coriander, Lentil, Main Course, Meatless, Middle Eastern, Onion, Recipe, Rice and Grains, Side Dish
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Hey Eithne...you still out there?

Good, because this one's for you.

My friend Eithne wrote to me a while ago asking if I had a really good recipe for Mejadra (or Mujadara, depending on where in the middle-east you might hail from), and while I had enjoyed a few different versions over the years I had never made it myself and so couldn't really help her.  I did tell her that I'd search some reliable sources and try a few different twists on the dish and get bacl to her.  When I finally came upon this Ottolenghi-Tamimi take on the classic, I knew my search was over.

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Burnt Caramel Pudding

In Cookbooks, Cream, Dessert, Eggs, Pudding, Recipe, Vanilla
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I can't believe I'm about to say this, but there is just too much good food in the world.

Every day I seem to add to my list of recipes to try - some pulled from magazines, others clipped from favorite websites.  There are some recipes that I've had in my "to cook" queue for years now and I am starting to wonder "will I ever get to them?"  

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Hearty Lamb Curry (Roghan Josh) and a Cookbook Giveaway

In Braise, Cardamom, Chefs, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Cookbooks, Curry, Garlic, Ginger, Indian, Lamb, Main Course, Onion, Recipe
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My friends at Cooking Light Magazine, and the super talented food writer David Joachim, have just come out with a new cookbook entitled Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy.  In a word, the book is AWESOME!  In it, Joachim travels the world and offers up his interpretations of signature dishes from each of the six world "regions" he visits.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Fish with Roasted Root Vegetables

In Butter, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cod, Cookbooks, Fish and Seafood, Garlic, Halibut, Lemon, Main Course, Parsnip, Potatoes, Recipe, Sweet Potato, Videos
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I first "met" Ina Garten while living in Paris, and while I've bumped into her a few other times over the years at various food events, it is the memory of that first encounter that really sticks with me.  I had popped into our neighborhood florist to pick up some fresh flowers to bring home, only to find the place swarming with Ina's advance team, setting up lighting and cameras, and getting the place looking "just so".

Apparently she was in-town to film an episode of her "Barefoot Contessa" show that was all about her favorite places to shop in Paris (hey, someone's got to do it), and this little jewel of a flower shop on Rue Oudinot was on her hit-list.  It took me a while to figure out what all the fuss was about because quite frankly, I hadn't a clue who Ina Garten was back then.  I heard the word contessa being murmured by some of the staff, so claimed a spot in the corner of the shop from which to catch a glimpse of whatever royal figure was approaching from down the street.

A few moments later cameras starting rolling and in walked Ina with the force of a hurricane, handlers in-tow and dressed in her trademark blue (jammies looking) pant suit.  To be honest, not knowing who she was, my first thought was that someone needed to tell this poor woman that it's not OK to be seen in public in THIS city in your pajamas......this was Paris after all.  When she started speaking and I realized that she wasn't French royalty but rather an American, I really started to get anxious.  "OMG, they are going to eat this poor woman alive....someone has to tell her to go back to her hotel and put on some real clothes!"

 

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My anxiety over her wardrobe choice was short-lived because within seconds of her arrival not just the staff of the shop, but many of the clientele were fawning all over her, posing for photos and asking for her autograph.  

I was gobsmacked.  

In a city where it was de rigueur to dress for a night on the town just to drag your trash to the curb on collection day, how could it be that these locals were falling all over themselves for a moment with this American diva traipsing around Paris in her PAJAMAS?  

Being a TV celebrity has its perks I guess, and trolling around Paris in your PJs looked to be one of them.

Garten has made a lovely career out of teaching people how to entertain with ease.  Her cookbooks like this one, Barefoot Contessa at Home  and her Food Network cooking shows, are all about flower arranging, table setting, and cooking to please a crowd.  Her recipes showcase fresh ingredients, fairly simple preparation, and are chosen for their ability to be prepped (and sometimes cooked) before guests arrive, and require a minimal amount of attention and fuss to finalize and get on the table.  I've cooked many of her dishes over the years all to rave reviews, but this one has to be one of my favorites.  Both the fish and vegetables can be prepped in advance of guests arriving, then popped in the oven to cook (largely unchecked) while you all mingle and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or three.  Check out the video below to watch Ina creating this dish and see for yourself how very simple it is to make.

 

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The prosciutto protects the cod (or halibut or bass) from the extreme heat of the oven, rendering it perfectly moist and flaky, and enhances it's ocean-brine saltiness.  In contrast, the roasted root vegetables caramelize beautifully and offer a nice sweet counter-point to the slightly salty surf and turf combo of the cod and prosciutto.  Any root vegetables will do here, use whatever you have laying about.  I had some sweet potato, white potato, carrots, and parsnips, and they made for a deliciously colorful bed on which to serve the fish.  A last minute drizzle of browned butter - rosemary - lemon sauce brings it all together with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Cook in your pajamas if you want....I'll never tell.

Cheers - Steve

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Fish with Roasted Root Vegetables

by: Ina Garten

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups peeled, seeded and 1/2" diced butternut squash
  • 2 cups peeled,  and 1/2" diced yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 cups peeled,  and 1/2" diced parsnips
  • 2 cups peeled,  and 1/2" diced carrots
  • good olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 6 (8 ounce) skinless fish fillets (sea bass, cod, halibut)
  • 6-12 slices prosciutto
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon wedges for serving

 

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 ℉.
  2. To prepare the vegetables, place all the diced veggies in a large mixing bowl, drizzle with 1/3 cup of olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Toss to coat, then pour onto a large, rimmed sheet pan and spread into an even layer.  Roast for 30 minutes, stirring once about halfway through cooking. After 30 minutes, toss with the garlic and roast another 10 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and starting to brown.
  3. Meanwhile, line another sheet pan with foil and place a baking rack on top of the foil.  Brush the fish fillets with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Wrap each piece with 1-2 slices of prosciutto (depending on how large the fillets are, and how wide the slices of prosciutto are...you want the fish well wrapped in the ham).  Arrange the fillets on the rack with the seam side down and roast for 10-15 minutes, until just cooked through.
  4. While the vegetables and fish are roasting, melt the butter over medium heat in a medium sized saute pan.  Add the rosemary sprigs (finely mince one of them if you wish) and cook over low heat until the butter begins to brown, about 5 minutes.  Discard the rosemary sprigs, stir in the lemon juice and set aside.
  5. To serve, spoon the vegetables onto each of 6 plates, top with a piece of fish, and spoon lemon-rosemary butter over the top of each fillet.  Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

Serves 6

 

 

 

Pork Pot Roast with Apricots, Cardamom and Ginger

In Braise, Cardamom, Carrot, Chefs, Cookbooks, Ginger, Leek, Main Course, Onion, Orange, Pork, Recipe
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Here is yet another fantabulous dish from Molly Stevens' cookbook All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking , and is one I was happy to whip up this week as the thermometer ditched back into the single digits here in the Northeast.

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