Archives for January 2008

144. Coffee Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze p.644

144. Coffee Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze p.644

The recipe
I brought this cake to a brunch at a friend’s last spring. I’m going to have a difficult time giving it a fair rating, because I had horrible seasonal allergies and couldn’t taste anything. I barely remember the brunch, and had to leave after about an hour. My head was so muddled that I’d [...]

30 January 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 3 Comments
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143. Fried Oysters Rémoulade p.329

143. Fried Oysters Rémoulade p.329

The instructions for the oyster’s don’t appear online, but the rémoualde is the same one used in this recipe.
I tried a fried oyster for the first time about six months ago at a very posh restaurant. It was brought out as an unexpected treat between courses, and served with a fiery salsa. It had a [...]

28 January 2008 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 3 Comments
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142. Oysters Rockefeller p.52

142. Oysters Rockefeller p.52

This recipe from Epicurious is similar to The Book’s version, but the linked recipe has slightly different proportions, and makes twice as much topping. I didn’t read the recipe very thoroughly, and used little Malpeque oysters for the recipe, instead of the “large” oysters the recipe called for, so I had more than enough topping.
We [...]

19 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | Comments Off
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141. Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip p.10

141. Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip p.10

The recipe
I served this dip along with the tapenade from the other day, and was similarly underwhelmed. This dip had a bland, mushy flavour, that didn’t really do much for anyone. I mentioned that the tapenade was overpowering, and this helped thin it out. Unfortunately, “dilutes tapenade” is one of the better things I have [...]

17 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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140. Tapenade p.890

140. Tapenade p.890

No recipe is online for this one.
I’m never sure what to do with tapenade. I like it, but it’s far too salty to eat all on its own. I’ve used it as an accompaniment to grilled meats and fish, served it with cheese, spread it on sandwiches, or used it as an accent to hummus, [...]

15 January 2008 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | 5 Comments
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139. “La Brea Tar Pit” Chicken Wings p.55

139. "La Brea Tar Pit" Chicken Wings p.55

The recipe
I’m really ambivalent about this recipe. My wings were delicious, but the recipe is horrible. Basically you combine soy, red wine, sugar, and ginger and bring it to a boil, then pour it over chicken wings in a roasting pan and bake at 400 for 45 minutes, flip them, and cook for another hour-ish. [...]

13 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 5 Comments
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Great News

Great News

Now that we’ve had a chance to tell close friends in person, I can tell you wonderful people who follow The Project, that my dining companion has agreed to become my wife. I proposed on New Year’s Eve up in the mountains, at the ski cabin we were staying in. We were about to sit [...]

12 January 2008 | The Project | 4 Comments

138. Macaroni and Cheese p.223

138. Macaroni and Cheese p.223

The recipe
I haven’t eaten all that much macaroni and cheese since I graduated to shoes with laces, but most of the kids I knew, and the stoners they grew up to be, loved the stuff from the box. As a child, macaroni and cheese was just the brand neutral way of saying your mom was [...]

12 January 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 9 Comments
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137. Ratatouille p.586

137. Ratatouille p.586

The recipe
Everyone, or at least everyone who cares about food, has a stockpile of formative food memories, often centred on parents and grandparents doing things the way they’d always been done, or traveling experiences where the zeitgeist of your food universe is overturned by a brand new culture. The list of culinary luminaries who trace [...]

7 January 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 1 Comment
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136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

The recipe
This soup suffers from a serious branding issue. If it had been billed as barely soupy barley stew, with extra barley, some carrots, and hardly any mushrooms at all, I would have known what I was getting into. The blurb for the recipe talks about all the contrasting mushroom flavours and blah blah blah, [...]

7 January 2008 | Soups, The Book | 1 Comment
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