200. Roast Pork Shoulder Cubano: Puerco Asado p.477

200. Roast Pork Shoulder Cubano: Puerco Asado p.477

The recipe
Very few things in life are as good, or as simple as roast pork. The bachelor party tradition among my group of friends is to spit-roast a pig over charcoal. We recently went in on a roaster and put it through it’s paces before my wedding. Spending the afternoon hanging out and watching the [...]

9 December 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 5 Comments
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197. Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey p.809

197. Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey p.809

The recipe
This is how dessert should be, simple, elegant, and not too heavy. I’m rarely in the mood for a slice of cake right after dinner, and the yen for creamy or frozen treats is even more infrequent. However, a cheese plate is always a welcome addition to a meal. I associate this kind of [...]

7 November 2008 | Fruit Desserts, The Book | 2 Comments
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187. Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes p.584

187. Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes p.584

The recipe
I served these sweet potatoes along with Lillie’s North Carolina Chopped Barbecue , and they were a lovely accompaniment. I should have though about the colour palate of our dinner before pairing sweet potatoes and barbecue, the plate was a little orange. You may eat with your eyes first, but the important bit is [...]

29 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 4 Comments
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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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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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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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104. Beef Tenderloin with Cornichon Tarragon Sauce p.416

104. Beef Tenderloin with Cornichon Tarragon Sauce p.416

The recipe
Some good friends were coming to dinner, and I wanted to make something a bit special. When I’m looking for dishes suitable for an occasion, beef tenderloin is frequently at the top of that list. I had frozen part of the tenderloin I used for the Twenty-First-Century Beef Wellington so it was an easy [...]

18 October 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 2 Comments
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67. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds p.5

67. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds p.5

The recipe is just like this one from Epicurious, except that The Book gives proportions for the ingredients. I think the Epicurious version is more honest. This is barely even a recipe. Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet ’till they’re browned and smell good, toss with olive oil and sea salt. That’s it.
Despite it’s [...]

30 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | Comments Off
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48. Island Pork Tenderloin p.475

48. Island Pork Tenderloin p.475

This recipe from Epicurious includes the tenderloin recipe from The Book, and a bonus salad.
This was an incredibly easy and delicious way to prepare a pork tenderloin. It took almost no forethought because it’s based entirely on pantry staples. Chances are I wouldn’t even have to go out to get the tenderloins. I’m liable to [...]

8 July 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 3 Comments
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6. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes With Mint p. 585

6. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes With Mint p. 585

the recipe
The name pretty much says it all. Tomatoes tossed in oil, salt, and pepper, roasted till bubbling and a bit blackened, topped with fresh mint. This was pretty good, but I’m not sure that roasting improved them. I liked that they took on some colour, but why mess with summer fresh cherry tomatoes? They’re [...]

11 March 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | Comments Off
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