193. Beets with Lime Butter p.523

193. Beets with Lime Butter p.523

The recipe
This was a very simple, and highly effective preparation for beets. My dining companion is mildly obsessed with beets, and we certainly eat more of them than the average couple. We tend to stick to Ukrainian, or Eastern European preparations, or pair them with goat cheese in salads. This week a friend brought an [...]

30 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 1 Comment
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191. Spice-Rubbed Quail p.402

191. Spice-Rubbed Quail p.402

The recipe
I like to think of quail and lobster as perverse challenges on a Japanese game show. They’re complicated and messy to eat, but you’re challenged to do it in your finery with your peers looking on. I can imagine the quiet golf claps from the spectators as you deftly separate the leg joint, and [...]

30 August 2008 | Poultry, The Book | Comments Off
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168. Cheddar Scallion Drop Biscuits p.597

168. Cheddar Scallion Drop Biscuits p.597

The recipe
The Boys were over for breakfast, and I decided to make them biscuits. One of them has been living down in the Carolinas for the last few years, and has become something of a biscuit connoisseur, so I didn’t dare try a traditional buttermilk biscuit. These are far simpler, and less error prone. It’s [...]

24 May 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | 6 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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149. Chicken Long Rice p.247

149. Chicken Long Rice p.247

The recipe
The Book is at it again. I’m beginning to understand that when the blurb before the recipe mentions comfort food, I’m in for a boring dinner. This time it’s comfort food, Hawaiian style.
I’ve just started to get to know Hawaiian food through a few of the recipes in The Book. I don’t have a [...]

8 March 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 8 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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122. Smoked Salmon Mousse with Salmon Roe and Crudités p.19

122. Smoked Salmon Mousse with Salmon Roe and Crudités p.19

The recipe
I was really looking forward to this recipe, but I didn’t expect to like it at all. I’ve never had a salmon mousse before, and it has a certain reputation. Pop culture uses it to indicate that a character is out of touch, horribly backwards, or disturbingly gross. I suspect many people can’t [...]

24 November 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 1 Comment
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96. Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Ginger p.291

96. Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Ginger p.291

The recipe
I rarely make recipes from The Book for lunch, but this was an exception. I happened to be home, and to have a salmon fillet lingering in my fridge, so I decided to go for it. It wasn’t the greatest thing I’d ever tasted, but it certainly wasn’t bad. It’s a simple burger made [...]

28 September 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 4 Comments
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74. Lemon Coleslaw p.193

74. Lemon Coleslaw p.193

The recipe
This coleslaw is meant to be served as part of Shredded Pork and Lemon Coelsaw Sandwiches (p.192). I made the slaw on it’s own though. This dish is found in the Sandwiches and Pizzas section of The Book, and this is the first recipe I’ve done from that section. So, let’s open Sandwiches and [...]

9 August 2007 | Sandwiches & Pizzas, The Book | 2 Comments
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70. Chow Fun with Chinese Barbecued Pork and Snow Peas p.249

70. Chow Fun with Chinese Barbecued Pork and Snow Peas p.249

The recipe.
This is the stir fry I mentioned a while back. It called for leftover Char Siu as an ingredient. The stir fry alone is competent, but not exceptional. The char siu is what makes the dish. The stir fry is very restrained in it’s selection of vegetables, just snow peats, scallions, and bean sprouts. [...]

2 August 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 5 Comments
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