102. Spaghetti with Handfuls of Herbs p.204

102. Spaghetti with Handfuls of Herbs p.204

I couldn’t find a recipe for this online, but this is more a concept than a specific set of instructions anyway. The idea is to toss spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, butter, minced shallots, and any and all herbs growing in the garden. The pasta is then sprinkled with bread crumbs which you’ve toasted [...]

8 October 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 1 Comment
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91. Smoky Black Beans p.267

91. Smoky Black Beans p.267

The recipe
I was happy to find this recipe in The Book. I make my own version often enough because it requires no though, hardly any effort, and costs pennies per serving. I am not a great planner, and I rarely have the wherewithal to think through tomorrow’s dinner and get beans soaking the night before. [...]

14 September 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 2 Comments
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85. Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter p.524

85. Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter p.524

The recipe
This is about as simple as side dishes get. Just fry up some bok choy, toss on a mixture of water, soy, oyster sauce, and butter, cook for a minute or two, then eat. I prefer baby bok choy to the gargantuan full grown versions. They don’t taste much different, but I like the [...]

1 September 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | Comments Off
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82. Whipped Chipotle Sweet Potatoes p.583

82. Whipped Chipotle Sweet Potatoes p.583

The recipe
Chipotles were the taste sensation of 2006 for me. In fact they were a taste sensation that took the fast food world by storm, from Doritos to Subway you could hardy avoid these often mispronounced smoked jalapeños in adobo sauce. Bobby Flay (restaurateur, Iron Chef, and lover of limelight) is generally cited as patient [...]

29 August 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 4 Comments
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81. Spaghetti Squash with Moroccan Spices p.581

81. Spaghetti Squash with Moroccan Spices p.581

The recipe
This recipe was extremely simple, and as far I’ve seen is the only recipe in The Book that calls for the use of a microwave. Basically a spaghetti squash is microwaved, the strands are pulled out and tossed with a compound butter made with garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and salt. Top with a bit [...]

29 August 2007 | The Book, Vegetables | 3 Comments
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80. Broiled Polenta with Tomato Sauce p.266

80. Broiled Polenta with Tomato Sauce p.266

The recipe
This recipe uses The Book’s Basic Polenta recipe as it’s main ingredient. The basic polenta is a great no-fail staple recipe. Here it’s dressed up by stirring in some cheese, putting it under the broiler, and topping with a very simple tomato sauce.
I served this as part of a vegetarian dinner. It was nicely [...]

24 August 2007 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 2 Comments
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63. Cheese Fondue p.72

63. Cheese Fondue p.72

the recipe
My God I love fondue. Everything about it is good. Incredibly rich gooey cheese swaddling a crunchy bite of bakery fresh baguette, what could be better than that? It’s an easy to prepare and casual meal, that’s inherently social and fun. It’s horrible for you, which makes it even better to share with close [...]

27 July 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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