201. Caesar Salad p.136

201. Caesar Salad p.136

I can’t find the recipe online.
Caesar salad is pretty much always good. The only way to really truly mess it up is to use wilted, or flavorless lettuce. I’ve seen it done, I had a chicken Caesar at a Boston Pizza that was an insult to the whole concept of food, but generally they’re a [...]

17 January 2009 | Salads, The Book | 4 Comments
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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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100. Creamy Parmesan Polenta p.265

100. Creamy Parmesan Polenta p.265

No recipe for this one, but the proportions are the same as the Basic Polenta recipe, with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano stirred in at the end.
I’m not really clear on why this recipe needed to be a recipe at all, it could easily have been some optional additions at the bottom of the Basic Polenta recipe. [...]

4 October 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | Comments Off
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94. Roasted Garlic Pea-Purée on Sourdough Croûtes p.35

94. Roasted Garlic Pea-Purée on Sourdough Croûtes p.35

The recipe
The next couple of appetizers were a co-production with my sister for a family party. These seemed to appeal to the adults, but the kids were a bit put off by the green mush. I tried some of the leftovers out on a friend’s three year old, but the baguette croûtes were too tough [...]

26 September 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 3 Comments
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60. Prosciutto- and Parmesan-Stuffed Mushrooms p.27

60. Prosciutto- and Parmesan-Stuffed Mushrooms p.27

No recipe, too bad.
These were an excellent appetizer. I brought them to a dinner party and they disappeared just like that. They’re mushroom caps stuffed with the cooked down mushroom stems, garlic, onion, bread crumbs, prosciutto, Parmesan, a useless dash of parsley, and an egg to hold it together. After the caps are filled [...]

25 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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57. Onion Parmesan Toasts p.34

57. Onion Parmesan Toasts p.34

The recipe
These were remarkably simple little appetizers with some old school flair. It falls into the ancient and proud “stuff on toast” camp of appetizers. The secret to this style of appetizers is to give something either healthy or expensive prime billing in the name, but to make absolutely sure that most of your on-toast [...]

21 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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51. Spaghetti Alla Carbonara p.221

51. Spaghetti Alla Carbonara p.221

The recipe
This was delicious, but then anything with this much cheese and pancetta had better be. I didn’t have the heart to go out and find guaniciale (unsmoked cured hog jowl), maybe that makes me less hard core that I should be, but the pancetta worked wonderfully. This was very easy to prepare. The [...]

13 July 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 8 Comments
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28. Rustic Garlic Soup p.94

28. Rustic Garlic Soup p.94

Sorry, no recipe this time.
This is an Italian soup called aquacotta or “cooked water”, because it comes together from nothing special. It starts with a garlic broth (water, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and salt) which is forced through a sieve, and slowly added to a mixture of egg yolks, parmigiano-reggiano, and olive oil. Add pepper, [...]

12 April 2007 | Soups, The Book | Comments Off
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19. Gougères p. 33

19. Gougères p. 33

very much like this recipe, except The Book omits the dill seeds, and adds two tablespoons of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and one teaspoon of nutmeg.
This one went quite well. They were fluffy and airy without being greasy. The cheese flavours were definitely there, but not overwhelming. The nutmeg was a nice touch.
Making them was quick and [...]

28 March 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 10 Comments
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