186. Lillie’s North Carolina Chopped Barbecue p.479

186. Lillie's North Carolina Chopped Barbecue p.479

I can’t find a copy of this recipe online.
Barbecue is one of those things I would dearly love to know a whole lot more about. But living in Montreal means that I’m unlikely to stumble across BBQ competitions, and there are very few pit masters looking to take on an apprentice. My lack of a [...]

29 August 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 4 Comments
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164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

The recipe
I grew up on boeuf bourguignon, we could be guaranteed to have it at least once a month during the winter. Since a braised dish like this is better a day or two after it’s cooked, my mom would usually make it on a Sunday, and it would sit on the chilly garage floor [...]

16 May 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 10 Comments
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161. Beef Stock p.928

161. Beef Stock p.928

The recipe
I can’t escape the conclusion that I’m a food snob. I take satisfaction in looking down on packaged and processed foods, and I give people points for making meals from scratch, double points if the ingredients come from an ethically superior source, and triple points if they grew the food themselves. The ultimate ridiculousness [...]

7 May 2008 | Basics, The Book | 2 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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133. Poached Salmon in Aspic p.318

133. Poached Salmon in Aspic p.318

The recipe
I had so much fun making and presenting this, that even if it been inedible, it would have been worth it. Luckily, it tasted quite good. I absolutely knew that I needed an occasion to serve this dish. In honour of the aspic coated days of yore we organized a retro-potluck extravaganza. People brought [...]

20 December 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 4 Comments
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126. Mexican Corn Soup p.87

126. Mexican Corn Soup p.87

There’s no online recipe for this one.
I just don’t know about summertime soups. The Book has dozens of cold soups based on fresh sweet fruit and vegetables. I can’t say that they appeal to me very much. In part it’s the dissonance of cold soup that bugs me, but I’m not even a huge fan [...]

1 December 2007 | Soups, The Book | 7 Comments
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98. Chicken Fricassee p.372

98. Chicken Fricassee p.372

No recipe this time.
This was a fairly successful and simple recipe. It’s real comfort food, chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce served with noodles. Like most comfort food it’s fatty and a bit bland. The preparation was as simple as you could wish for. Break a chicken down into serving size pieces, and brown them [...]

2 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 1 Comment
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68. Easy Cassoulet p.272

68. Easy Cassoulet p.272

No recipe for this one.
Easy indeed. I’ve made both of the cassoulet recipes in the book now. This is the easy version which can be prepared in 4 hours, plus soaking time for beans. The more authentic version takes 2 days. Both were delicious, and the differences between them were pretty subtle. It’s nice to [...]

31 July 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 4 Comments
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64. Coq au Vin p.368

64. Coq au Vin p.368

No recipe for this one.
Coq au Vin is such a classic it’s practically drowning in preconception and expectation. This recipe doesn’t throw any wild experiments or out of the play book ingredients in, but it tries to simplify the process a bit too much. The biggest twist in this recipe is that it calls for [...]

28 July 2007 | Poultry, The Book | Comments Off
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53. Old Fashioned Meat Loaf p.448

53. Old Fashioned Meat Loaf p.448

The recipe
Take cover! NORAD has detected an extraterrestrial turd loaf coming in fast over the arctic. It wants our Humpback whales to save the future.
This was not the most visually appealing dish I’ve ever made, but it did taste good. I think it’s um, distinctive, shape helped with the flavour too. I’ve made meatloaf [...]

15 July 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 4 Comments
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