Archives for April 2008

160. Cranberry Walnut Tart p.786

160. Cranberry Walnut Tart p.786

The recipe
Cooking is a learning process, and a lot of lessons just need to be learned the hard way. There are a host of excellent kitchen habits that food educators are desperate for us to get into, such as, reading the recipe all the way through, verifying that you have all the ingredients, doing things [...]

23 April 2008 | Pies, Tarts, and Pastries, The Book | 5 Comments
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159. Duck Legs and Carrots p.398

159. Duck Legs and Carrots p.398

The recipe is from Fergus “Nose To Tail” Henderson’s London restaurant, St. John.
My dining companion and I adore duck, and eat it often, so a new preparation is always exciting for us. I really like the thinking behind this recipe. It takes an underused part of the duck, and brings out its absolute best. Incidentally [...]

18 April 2008 | Poultry, The Book | 2 Comments
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And Then There Were Three…

And Then There Were Three...

I was just googling for an online version of a recipe from The Book, and lo-and-behold I discovered another version of The Project. I’ve known about Teena’s take on The Project since I started writing this blog, but I was surprised to discover that Melissa at Cooking Gourmet has been blogging her way through The [...]

17 April 2008 | Food Blogs, The Project | 4 Comments
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158. Perciatelli with Sausage Ragù and Meatballs p.222

158. Perciatelli with Sausage Ragù and Meatballs p.222

I can’t find the recipe for this one online, but you can easily fake it. Last time I gave you the recipe for the life changingly good meatballs used in this recipe and they’re by far the most important part.
I mentioned that I’d be putting those meatballs up against one of the boys’ version [...]

15 April 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 4 Comments
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157. Sicilian Meatballs p.222

157. Sicilian Meatballs p.222

I can’t find a recipe for these meatballs online, but I can’t stand to think that the internet will go without it for another day.
3/4 cup fine fresh bread crumbs from Italian bread (crusts discarded)
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup (2 3/4 oz) whole almonds with skin, toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound ground beef chuck
1/2 [...]

11 April 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 3 Comments
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156. Dry-Cooked String Beans p.523

156. Dry-Cooked String Beans p.523

I couldn’t find a recipe for this one online.
I was in a frying mood the night I made these beans and the onion rings. The combination of a fried appetizer, and a fried main course was just a little too much. This stir fry was more than greasy enough all by itself.
In this dish trimmed [...]

9 April 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 7 Comments
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155. Fried Onion Rings p.552

155. Fried Onion Rings p.552

I can’t find the recipe for this one online.
Way back in the beginning of The Project, I mentioned that I’ve been a little gun shy about deep frying in my kitchen ever since I put some very wet potato wedges into a pot of massively overheated oil and turned my stove into a fireball. I [...]

7 April 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 8 Comments
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154. Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting p.726

154. Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting p.726

The recipe
As I mentioned yesterday I’m not a huge fan of icing on cakes. As a result, my icing skills suck. I’m far more likely to bake a cake, and sprinkle it with powdered sugar, or cocoa than make icing. If I do decide to top a cake, I prefer to use flavoured whipped cream. [...]

4 April 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 3 Comments
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153. Golden Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting p.725

153. Golden Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting p.725

The recipe
This cake and its frosting are separate recipes, so I’ll only be tackling the cake in this post. That’s fine by me. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m not really a frosting person. For me, the icing is just getting in the way of the cake. There are icings I like more (buttercream) and [...]

3 April 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 5 Comments
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