202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

The recipe courtesy of The Ulterior Epicure
Sometimes the stars just don’t align, and the baking Gods abandon you for a day. I’ve learned a lot about cooking and baking through this project, and I’ve gotten to a point where I rarely make the boneheaded mistakes that plagued my early experiments, but there’s always room to [...]

19 January 2009 | Cakes, The Book | 27 Comments
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195. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce p.428

195. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce p.428

Here’s the recipe for the Merlot sauce part of this dish,
This is the second time I’ve made this dish. The first was almost two years ago, when I made it for my dining companion’s birthday dinner. Part of her birthday present was that the steak would be just for her, not for The Project too. [...]

11 September 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 9 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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180. Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze p.290

180. Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze p.290

The recipe
Jacques Pépin said it best, if you’re going to fry fish, try to do it at the neighbours’ house. I was working from home the day I made this dish, and my dining companion wasn’t getting back until 9 pm so I decided to make fish for lunch. As regular readers know she’s not [...]

9 July 2008 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 7 Comments
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176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

The recipe
I’m really trying to work on my hosting skills these days. I love to have friends over, and I love to cook for them. Unfortunately that often means that we don’t spend a lot of time together once they arrive. I’m pretty rotten about sharing kitchen space, or involving others in the cooking process. [...]

22 June 2008 | Cakes, 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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150. Pumpkin Apple Bread p.599

150. Pumpkin Apple Bread p.599

The recipe courtesy of The Amateur Gourmet
A loaf is a dangerous thing. It hardly ever occurs to me to bake up some banana bread, or a lemon loaf. If you asked me to name my favourite desserts, no loaf would make the list. I don’t think about them, or go out of my way to [...]

12 March 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | Comments Off
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134. Mayonnaise p.886

134. Mayonnaise p.886

Surprisingly there’s no recipe on Epicurious for plain old mayonnaise.
This is The Book’s basic mayonnaise recipe, there are 7 other dressed up mayonnaises which use this recipe as a starting point, so I’ll be making it a bunch of times. As with most of the basic recipes in the book, it’s solid, but not exciting. [...]

23 December 2007 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | 7 Comments
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127. Barbecued Chile-Marinated Spareribs p.490

127. Barbecued Chile-Marinated Spareribs p.490

There’s no recipe for this one.
These ribs are dead simple, but they take some forethought. The ribs are simmered in water for an hour, then marinated in sauce of New Mexico chiles, ketchup, garlic, cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, tequila, vegetable oil, ground cumin, and ground allspice for the next eight hours. Half of the [...]

3 December 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 4 Comments
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125. Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings p.373

125. Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings p.373

The recipe
I had The Book for a while before I started The Project, and this was one of the recipes I used regularly before The Book and I got serious. Making it again emphasized how much The Project has changed my cooking style. The biggest difference is that I actually read the recipe this time [...]

30 November 2007 | Poultry, The Book | Comments Off
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