Main

August 17, 2006

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Filet of Beef Bourguignon

A quicker treatment than the classic recipe for beef Bourguignon, which requires a long cooking time. This recipe uses slices of beef filet, which cook up very tender and tasty. The downsides: a 3-pound filet of beef is very expensive, and the recipe didn't make enough sauce.

Continue reading "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Filet of Beef Bourguignon" »

 

August 14, 2006

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Indonesian Ginger Chicken

In the name-dropping introductory paragraph to this recipe, Ina Garten says that "Lauren Bacall gets cranky" if the Barefoot Contessa store is sold out of this chicken. Since the store doesn't exist any more, I suppose that's not a problem these days. I guess I'm no Lauren Bacall (shocking, I know), because while this is an okay treatment for chicken, it's nothing spectacular.

Continue reading "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Indonesian Ginger Chicken" »

August 04, 2006

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Turkey Meatloaf

I have yet to find a turkey meatloaf that tastes as good as the old standby made with beef, pork, and veal. Alas, this rendition from Ina Garten's The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook fares no better than any other turkey meatloaf I've tried: the flavor is bland and the texture leaves much to be desired.

Continue reading "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: Turkey Meatloaf" »

July 26, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Port & Whole-Grain Mustard

This butterflied chicken cooks quickly and tastes great. A couple of quibbles: Wolfgang Puck could have been a bit more thorough in his instructions. And he's awfully parsimonious with the sauce.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Port & Whole-Grain Mustard" »

July 24, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Crispy Bacon

A very good pizza recipe from Wolfgang Puck. The dough is the same recipe that I've already tested from Live, Love, Eat!, and just as with my previous test, the dough was easy to work with and tasted great. The only variation here is the toppings.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Crispy Bacon" »

July 13, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Wolfgang's Beef Goulash

Wolfgang Puck is the last chef in Food Network Favorites! We're starting his chapter off with a very good recipe. This goulash has a great flavor and is pretty simple to put together. The spaetzle that goes with it isn't quite as simple, however.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Wolfgang's Beef Goulash" »

July 10, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa-Spice Rub

A very good, albeit slightly too salty, spice rub for pork from Michael Chiarello. The sweetness of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves combine with the richness of unsweetened cocoa powder and white peppercorns for complex, sweet-savory flavor.

I realize that Mario Batali is getting short shrift, and all I can say is: his recipes aren't looking appealing. I'm ready to be done with Food Network Favorites, so Batali is going to have to be the one that got away.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa-Spice Rub" »

July 06, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Clam Sauté

A very simple, very tasty treatment for clams from Mario Batali. If you're not a clam fan, this is not the recipe for you, since there's nothing here disguising the essential clam flavor.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Clam Sauté" »

June 29, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce

Another quick grill idea from Bobby Flay. No problems with this one; proportions were good, and the sauce makes a tasty accompaniment to the grilled shrimp.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce" »

June 28, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Shredded Chicken & Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco

A fast dinner idea from the Bobby Flay chapter in Food Network Favorites. The tomatillo sauce is easy to make and tasted great mixed with rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. The proportions were off, however.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Shredded Chicken & Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco" »

June 27, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile-Mustard Sauce

From Bobby Flay, a very good recipe for pork tenderloin. I've had to add some information to the ingredients and the instructions for clarity, but the end result is a very good dish.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile-Mustard Sauce" »

June 23, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Grilled Steak & Papaya Salad

It's summertime, and I'm ready to start grilling, so it's on to Bobby Flay's chapter in Food Network Favorites. This is a delicious spicy salad topped with grilled marinated steak. It's a wonderful meal for a summer evening.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Grilled Steak & Papaya Salad" »

June 21, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Bubba's Country-Fried Steak & Gravy

Not just any Bubba, but Paula Deen's younger brother, whom she taught to make this steak. Like all of Deen's cuisine, it's a calorie-laden dish. The flavor is merely okay; I didn't think it was worth making again, to be honest.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Bubba's Country-Fried Steak & Gravy" »

June 16, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara

Very rich, with tons of calories, this recipe from the Giada De Laurentiis chapter of Food Network Favorites is delicious, and absolutely not diet food. My only nitpick: I thought there could have been a little more cinnamon.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara" »

June 15, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Pork Chops Alla Pizzaiola

Very simple to make, and extremely tasty. These pork chops are seared in a hot skillet, and served with a spicy, herby tomato sauce. My only issue: Giada De Laurentiis doesn't seem to allow quite enough cooking time, unless you like rare pork.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Pork Chops Alla Pizzaiola" »

June 14, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

A very good stuffed pasta from Giada De Laurentiis' chapter in Food Network Favorites. The sauce is quite spicy, and the contrast with the creamy ricotta filling is delicious.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce" »

June 12, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Pan-Roasted Halibut with Prosciutto, Lemon, White Wine & Capers

A very tasty treatment for fish. It's essentially halibut with picatta sauce, although Tyler Florence doesn't call it that. If you like the classic combination of lemon juice, white wine, and capers, you'll like this recipe.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Pan-Roasted Halibut with Prosciutto, Lemon, White Wine & Capers" »

June 05, 2006

Food Network Favorites: The Ultimate Roast Chicken

Is it an adequate version of roast chicken? Sure. Is it the "Ultimate"? Eh, not so much. Like most roast chicken recipes, this one tries to be unique by stuffing the chicken with various stuff (in this case, herbs, onions, garlic, and an orange). But roast chicken always ends up tasting like...roast chicken. There's not a whole lot you can do to it to make it interesting.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: The Ultimate Roast Chicken" »

June 02, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Spicy Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Another offering from Tyler Florence. The title of this recipe really should be "Broiled Tomato Salad," since all you do with the beef tenderloin is season it with salt and pepper and throw it on a grill. As far as I'm concerned, that's not actually a recipe. It's the accompaniment to the steak that's the recipe here: cherry tomatoes are broiled and combined with onions, chiles, and cheese to create a warm salad. It's a tasty side dish, but I have some quibbles.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Spicy Grilled Beef Tenderloin" »

May 26, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Marinated Flank Steak with BLT-Smashed Potatoes

Another test from the Rachael Ray chapter in Food Network Favorites. It definitely took longer than 30 minutes to cook this one, and while the marinade for the steak is delicious, the potatoes are merely okay. And the instructions for the recipe are baffling.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Marinated Flank Steak with BLT-Smashed Potatoes" »

May 25, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Cod with Burst Grape Tomatoes, Parsley-Mint Pesto Broth & Roast Fingerling Potato Crisps with Herbs

Even when Rachael Ray's recipe titles aren't aggressively cute, they're ridiculously long. Once again, however, a few gripes about the title are all I can muster up; this dish is very good, and for once, it actually does take only 30 minutes to prepare.

Well, okay -- I do have a couple of other gripes...

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Cod with Burst Grape Tomatoes, Parsley-Mint Pesto Broth & Roast Fingerling Potato Crisps with Herbs" »

May 23, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Cream of Mushroom Egg Noodle Fake-Bake, Hold the Canned Soup

Seriously, that's the title. And when you've got a cutesy title and a recipe that takes way longer than 30 minutes to prepare, you know you're in Rachael Ray territory.

However, aside from the title ("Fake-Bake"? Really?) there's not a lot to fault this recipe for. It's a tasty combination of egg noodles, mushroom béchamel sauce, and sautéed mushrooms.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Cream of Mushroom Egg Noodle Fake-Bake, Hold the Canned Soup" »

May 22, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Eggplant Pasta

My last test from the Alton Brown chapter in Food Network Favorites. The success of this dish all hangs on how you feel about eggplant. It's a polarizing vegetable; people who like it tend to really like it, while those who hate it...well, they loathe it. If you fall into the latter camp, this recipe is not for you.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Eggplant Pasta" »

May 01, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Stuffed Chicken Legs in Puff Pastry with Andouille Cream

My last test from the Emeril Lagasse chapter in Food Network Favorites. In this dish, whole chicken legs are boned, filled with a cornbread and andouille sausage stuffing, wrapped in puff pastry, and served with an andouille cream sauce. There are several steps, and it's definitely not fast food, but the end result is very good. There is, however, a glaring error in the ingredients list.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Stuffed Chicken Legs in Puff Pastry with Andouille Cream" »

April 27, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Root Beer-Glazed Pork Chops with Bourbon-Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Caramelized Onions

Another selection from the Emeril Lagasse chapter in Food Network Favorites. This one suffers from too much of a good thing -- too many sweet elements, and not enough contrast.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Root Beer-Glazed Pork Chops with Bourbon-Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Caramelized Onions" »

April 21, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Asian-Style Braised Short Ribs

Whew! We're back to good things from Emeril Lagasse's chapter in Food Network Favorites. These ribs take only a few minutes to prep, then they braise gently in the oven until tender. The flavors are excellent.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Asian-Style Braised Short Ribs" »

April 18, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Mushroom Confit with Pasta Rags & Truffle Oil

I'm moving on from Dave Lieberman, and the next chapter to tackle in Food Network Favorites is Emeril Lagasse. This fantastic mushroom recipe gets us off to a very good start. I do think that a rather large question is left hanging, however.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Mushroom Confit with Pasta Rags & Truffle Oil" »

April 14, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Mango-Basil Salsa & Lime Jasmine Rice

From Food Network Favorites, a tasty entry from Dave Lieberman. This Thai-inspired treatment for shrimp can be made in stages, and tastes fantastic. As usual, my only quibble with Mr. Lieberman is proportions.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Mango-Basil Salsa & Lime Jasmine Rice" »

April 11, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Curried Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

A fresh, light-tasting salad from Dave Lieberman. The preparation is extremely simple and the results are very good. My only quibble is with the yield.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Curried Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups" »

February 28, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Red Wine Beef Stew with Potatoes & Green Beans

When I started testing Food Network Favorites, I thought I'd pick and choose recipes from the book at random. I've decided to change my approach, however, and work through the book in a more methodical fashion, one chef at a time. Since I've already done one recipe from Dave Lieberman, I'm sticking with him for now. This beef stew recipe is quite tasty, although I'm not sure about the green beans.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Red Wine Beef Stew with Potatoes & Green Beans" »

February 24, 2006

Food Network Favorites: Butternut Squash, Apple & Onion Galette with Stilton

I was skeptical that this recipe was going to work: slices of unpeeled apples and butternut squash, plus wedges of onion, are scattered atop a pastry base and baked for less than an hour to create a savory tart. I didn't think the vegetables would get tender enough. Happily, my fears were baseless. This is a very good recipe.

Continue reading "Food Network Favorites: Butternut Squash, Apple & Onion Galette with Stilton" »

February 14, 2006

Off the Shelf: Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta

A simple cheese-and-spinach pasta dish from Off the Shelf that could use a tad more oomph. The addition of garlic livened this recipe up quite a bit.

Continue reading "Off the Shelf: Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta" »

February 13, 2006

Off the Shelf: Harissa and Yogurt Baked Chicken

Amazingly enough, for a dish that features the spicy North African chili paste called harissa, this recipe was bland and boring. I have a few suggestions for how to liven it up.

Continue reading "Off the Shelf: Harissa and Yogurt Baked Chicken" »

February 09, 2006

Off the Shelf: Green Curry Chicken with Sweet Potato

Off the Shelf has a chapter on Asian food, with lots of streamlined preparations for classic dishes. This is a very simple curry that tastes great.

Continue reading "Off the Shelf: Green Curry Chicken with Sweet Potato" »

February 07, 2006

Off the Shelf: Honey and Mustard Baked Pork

This oven-roasted pork dish from Off the Shelf requires very little hands-on attention, and tastes great. I would, however, change the technique a bit (a refrain that's becoming common with this book).

Continue reading "Off the Shelf: Honey and Mustard Baked Pork" »

February 01, 2006

Off the Shelf: Pasta with Pumpkin and Sage Brown Butter

The "Pasta" chapter in Off the Shelf features many fresh new renditions of old classics. This flavor combination -- sage, brown butter, and pumpkin -- is always delicious, and Hay's recipe is easy to follow and tastes fantastic.

Continue reading "Off the Shelf: Pasta with Pumpkin and Sage Brown Butter" »

January 31, 2006

Off the Shelf: Balsamic and Tomato Roast Chicken

A very attractive-looking dish from Donna Hay's Off the Shelf. It tastes great and couldn't be simpler to put together: slice up an eggplant, top the slices with chicken breasts, tomatoes, capers, and a balsamic sauce, and bake for 20 minutes. An excellent idea for a cold, wintry day.

Continue reading "Off the Shelf: Balsamic and Tomato Roast Chicken" »

January 24, 2006

Sara's Secrets: Cuban-Style Roast Pork

Another recipe from the "Cooking Ahead" chapter of Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals. The flavorful marinade makes for a tasty, tender pork roast.

Continue reading "Sara's Secrets: Cuban-Style Roast Pork" »

January 23, 2006

Sara's Secrets: Cider-Braised Chicken

My reaction to this dish was, "Eh." It's really not all that exciting, and for the amount of work it takes, not worth the effort. Chicken thighs are braised in cider until tender, and the sauce thickens itself because the thighs are dredged in flour before being browned. There are a lot of steps to get this dish ready, and the payoff doesn't reflect all the work.

Continue reading "Sara's Secrets: Cider-Braised Chicken" »

January 19, 2006

Sara's Secrets: Egg, Canadian Bacon, and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals has a chapter titled "Breakfast for Dinner," which features omelettes, quiches, and other breakfast staples that also make a quick dinner. This sandwich, says Moulton, is "a takeoff on you-know-what served by that fast-food restaurant." In other words, an Egg McMuffin. Instead of the English muffin, however, Moulton serves this scrambled egg and cheese combo on a rich cream biscuit.

Continue reading "Sara's Secrets: Egg, Canadian Bacon, and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches" »

January 17, 2006

Sara's Secrets: Salmon with Black Bean Sauce

What should be a very flavorful sauce for fish becomes amazingly bland with the treatment that Sara Moulton gives the black beans in this recipe. Remove the unnecessary soaking step, and the sauce is vastly improved.

Continue reading "Sara's Secrets: Salmon with Black Bean Sauce" »

January 06, 2006

Sara's Secrets: Green Posole with Chicken

A recipe from the "Shop and Serve" chapter of Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals. In this section of the book, Moulton gives several ideas for recipes that can be put together with the help of convenience products from the supermarket. Here she uses a rotisserie chicken for a hearty, tasty soup.

Continue reading "Sara's Secrets: Green Posole with Chicken" »

January 04, 2006

Sara's Secrets: Fusilli with Broccoli and Prosciutto

A tasty pasta offering from Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals. Broccoli and pasta are cooked in the same pot (though not at the same time), and tossed with sautéed garlic and prosciutto. Moulton's time estimates were right on the money, and this would be an easy weeknight dinner idea.

Continue reading "Sara's Secrets: Fusilli with Broccoli and Prosciutto" »

November 29, 2005

Everyday Italian: Chicken Parmesan

I've had a pretty high degree of success with Giada De Laurentiis so far; mainly, the problems I've encountered in her recipes have to do with technique. And with this recipe, we come to the sloppiest chapter in the book: Everyday Cutlets. While the dish itself is tasty and quick to make, I had quite a bit of frustration trying to figure out exactly how thin I was supposed to pound the chicken, or indeed if it even should be pounded at all.

Continue reading "Everyday Italian: Chicken Parmesan" »

November 28, 2005

Everyday Italian: Individual Vegetable Lasagnas

Frankly, this isn't the best vegetable lasagna I've ever had. While the flavors are good, the texture is way too dry, and some of the technique is unnecessarily fussy. With a couple of simple changes to the recipe, the lasagna was much tastier, as well as easier to make, and to eat.

Continue reading "Everyday Italian: Individual Vegetable Lasagnas" »

November 22, 2005

Everyday Italian: Braciola

As Giada De Laurentiis notes in her introductory paragraph to this recipe, braciola can mean different dishes depending on which region of Italy you're in. This version uses flank steak wrapped around a cheese-and-bread-crumb filling. The meat is tasty and tender, and the filled slices look lovely. I did have a few issues with the technique, however.

Continue reading "Everyday Italian: Braciola" »

November 11, 2005

From My Kitchen: White Bean Chicken Chili

A perfect recipe for the slow cooker or Crock Pot. I've been making various versions of this chili for years, and it's particularly easy when you make it in the slow cooker.

Continue reading "From My Kitchen: White Bean Chicken Chili" »

November 07, 2005

Fast Food My Way: Oven-Baked Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato and Salsa Mayonnaise

Very rich, very tasty, and very easy. The salmon is slowly baked in the oven while you make the accompanying sauce. This would be a lovely dish to serve for a holiday brunch, since you can put it in the oven and ignore it for nearly an hour while it cooks. It can be served warm, or at room temperature, which makes it a nice option for a buffet.

Continue reading "Fast Food My Way: Oven-Baked Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato and Salsa Mayonnaise" »

November 06, 2005

Fast Food My Way: Chicken on Mashed Cauliflower with Red Hot Salsa

It sounds weird, right? I have to admit that's partly why I chose it; chicken and cauliflower with salsa? Really?

But it works. Crazy as it sounds, the combination is a good one. It's easy to put together, and the three elements work together to make a successful dish.

Continue reading "Fast Food My Way: Chicken on Mashed Cauliflower with Red Hot Salsa" »

November 02, 2005

Fast Food My Way: Instant Beef Tenderloin Stew

The name is a bit misleading; this is more of a meat-and-vegetable skillet than it is a stew. There's no real sauce, since the veggies and steak are cooked in separate pans and then combined at the last minute. It's a very good recipe, although I'd make a couple of small adjustments.

Continue reading "Fast Food My Way: Instant Beef Tenderloin Stew" »

October 19, 2005

Jamie's Dinners: Chicken Tikka Masala

This is an excellent rendition of an Indian-restaurant classic. Jamie Oliver understands the necessity of slowly cooking the spices to coax the most flavor out of them, and the results are excellent.

Continue reading "Jamie's Dinners: Chicken Tikka Masala" »

October 14, 2005

Live, Love, Eat!: Turkey Mushroom Burgers with Chunky Tomato Salsa Compote

An excellent example of Puck's California cuisine. The burgers are paired with a cooked salsa that complements the savory mushroom flavors. This would be a fun recipe for a weekend picnic or barbeque.

Continue reading "Live, Love, Eat!: Turkey Mushroom Burgers with Chunky Tomato Salsa Compote" »

August 29, 2005

30-Minute Get Real Meals: Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Parsley-Cauliflower ‘Noodles’

This recipe is a good example of the problems I found throughout 30-Minute Get Real Meals. To keep things “low-carb,” Ray substitutes cauliflower for the traditional noodles or rice pilaf that are usually served with stroganoff. And while this might sound interesting on paper, in practice it just doesn’t work.

Continue reading "30-Minute Get Real Meals: Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Parsley-Cauliflower ‘Noodles’" »

August 20, 2005

From My Kitchen: Turkey Manicotti

A fairly easy dinner to throw together. You can use lean turkey or fat-free. Same with the ricotta: low-fat, part-skim, or whole-milk all work fine. Avoid fat-free ricotta, as the texture isn't that great. Be sure to squeeze the hell out of the spinach, otherwise the filling will be watery. You can use the entire package of spinach if you want, but I prefer to leave out a good handful (1/2 to 3/4 cup), for a creamier filling. If you've never filled manicotti before, it can take a couple of tries to get a feel for it. I don't bother with a pastry bag, since that's one more thing to clean up. Just use a smallish spoon and put a tablespoon or so of filling into the pasta tubes at a time. If a tube splits, don't worry. Hold it flat in your hand and place the filling on top, then roll it back up and place it seam-side down in the baking dish.

Continue reading "From My Kitchen: Turkey Manicotti" »

 

 

 

©2005 Colleen Flippo. All rights reserved. Contact the author.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.2
 
Get Firefox!
 
Designed by
Erik Flippo