182. Georgian Salsa p.896

182. Georgian Salsa p.896

The recipe
I know next to nothing about the republic of Georgia, but this salsa has me pricing out flights. This salsa, and the stew I added it to are probably the most memorable things I’ve eaten this year. None of the ingredients used in the dish are particularly exotic, but the flavour is unlike anything [...]

20 July 2008 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | Comments Off
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170. Tomato, Garlic, and Potato Frittata p.632

170. Tomato, Garlic, and Potato Frittata p.632

The recipe
The Book’s blurb before the recipe suggests that this dish is equally good as a breakfast dish, or for dinner. I’m not convinced that it belongs in the breakfast section at all. I wanted to make a fritatta as a simple way of doing eggs for a crowd, but this dish is actually more [...]

2 June 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 4 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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131. Pesto p.889

131. Pesto p.889

The recipe
I’m so happy I made this pesto. I went up to the market, and paid a nice lady twelve dollars for an enormous bucket full of perfectly fresh and amazingly fragrant basil. I got my bounty home and I was ready to go into industrial pesto production mode. Unfortunately I’d forgotten that a bushel [...]

12 December 2007 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | 5 Comments
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130. Pasta with Tomato and Basil p.206

130. Pasta with Tomato and Basil p.206

Unfortunately there’s no recipe for this one.
This is a recipe for September. It has only a few ingredients, and they’re available year round, but the rest of the year it’ll be a pale imitation of itself. This incredibly simple pasta sauce starts with browning garlic slices in olive oil, then adding chopped tomatoes and basil [...]

10 December 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 4 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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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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102. Spaghetti with Handfuls of Herbs p.204

102. Spaghetti with Handfuls of Herbs p.204

I couldn’t find a recipe for this online, but this is more a concept than a specific set of instructions anyway. The idea is to toss spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, butter, minced shallots, and any and all herbs growing in the garden. The pasta is then sprinkled with bread crumbs which you’ve toasted [...]

8 October 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 1 Comment
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9. Brown-Buttered Corn With Basil p. 534

9. Brown-Buttered Corn With Basil p. 534

Again, no recipe for you today but this side dish is so easy you really don’t need one. I browned butter in a heavy bottomed pan, and added corn kernels, salt, and pepper. When the kernels were tender (around 4-5 minutes) I stirred in some torn basil leaves.
I think the proportions were [...]

13 March 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | Comments Off
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