Archives for November 2007

125. Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings p.373

125. Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings p.373

The recipe
I had The Book for a while before I started The Project, and this was one of the recipes I used regularly before The Book and I got serious. Making it again emphasized how much The Project has changed my cooking style. The biggest difference is that I actually read the recipe this time [...]

30 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | Comments Off
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124. Berry Tart with Mascarpone Cream p.777

124. Berry Tart with Mascarpone Cream p.777

The recipe
I was impressed with this tart, it’s very simple, beautiful, and delicious. I’m not fond of precious pastry bag tricks, or marzipan statuary on my desserts. I prefer the natural good looks of fruit, or decoration that’s an extension of the dessert making process. I tend to bake cakes, dust them with icing sugar, [...]

29 November 2007 | Pies, Tarts, and Pastries, The Book | 1 Comment
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123. Sweet Pastry Dough p.791

123. Sweet Pastry Dough p.791

The recipe
I should state at the outset that I’m a pastry neophyte. Before I started The Project, I think I’d made two pies in my life. Sure, I baked stuff in pie shells, but I always picked up the Tenderflake pre-made ones, and figured it was good enough. I don’t really have a knack for [...]

27 November 2007 | Pies, Tarts, and Pastries, The Book | 2 Comments
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122. Smoked Salmon Mousse with Salmon Roe and Crudités p.19

122. Smoked Salmon Mousse with Salmon Roe and Crudités p.19

The recipe
I was really looking forward to this recipe, but I didn’t expect to like it at all. I’ve never had a salmon mousse before, and it has a certain reputation. Pop culture uses it to indicate that a character is out of touch, horribly backwards, or disturbingly gross. I suspect many people can’t [...]

24 November 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 1 Comment
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121. Duck Breasts with Orange Ancho Chile Sauce p.396

121. Duck Breasts with Orange Ancho Chile Sauce p.396

The recipe
This recipe was a show stopper. It’s the only recipe for duck breast in the book, and that’s a real shame. Magret de canard is one of the staples of the Québécois culinary scene, a distinctive take on the seared duck breast is de rigueur for any restaurant interested in cuisine de terroir. Fusion [...]

21 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 5 Comments
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120. Scallops Provençale p.319

120. Scallops Provençale p.319

The recipe from Epicurious is similar to The Book’s version, but only makes half as much.
I made these for my dining companion’s parents, who came for a surprise visit. The last time I cooked for them the pyrex pan I had my gravy in exploded, so I was a bit nervous about this dinner. We [...]

18 November 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 5 Comments
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119. Turkey Wraps with Chipotle Mayonnaise p.189

119. Turkey Wraps with Chipotle Mayonnaise p.189

I can’t find an online version of this recipe, but it was good enough to earn a 5 mushroom ratings so I’ll give it to you here.
FOR PICKLED ONION
1 red onion (6 ounces), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
FOR CHIPOTLE MAYONNAISE
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in [...]

14 November 2007 | Sandwiches & Pizzas, The Book | 4 Comments
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118. Frisée Salad with Lardons and Poached Eggs p.139

118. Frisée Salad with Lardons and Poached Eggs p.139

The recipe on Epicurious helpfully notes that frisée is curly French endive, The Book does not. I really don’t know much about salad greens and this one stumped me. I thought it was the curly lettuce I picked up, but I was wrong. My dining companion is a salad impresario, she has an eye for [...]

12 November 2007 | Salads, The Book | 8 Comments
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117. Lemon Parfaits p.839

117. Lemon Parfaits p.839

Unfortunately there’s no recipe for this available online.
This is the inaugural post for the Puddings, Custards, Mousses, and Soufflés chapter of the book. Part of my plan for this summer was to get around to working on this chapter, as well as the Frozen Desserts section. This recipe is the sum total of those efforts. [...]

7 November 2007 | Puddings, Custards, Mousses, and Souffles, The Book | 2 Comments
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116. Grilled Cornish Hens with Basil Butter p.392

116. Grilled Cornish Hens with Basil Butter p.392

The recipe for this one isn’t online, but it was so good I’m going to give it to you here.
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2- pound) Cornish hens, rinsed and patted dry
Stir together butter, [...]

6 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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