February 14, 2007

Recipe News: Easy recipes to impress your friends

Many people choose not to entertain because they feel overwhelmed by the menu planning, various recipes, and socializing aspect. But it doesn't have to be that stressful. Enter Chef Jake Linzinmeir straight from his restaurant, Chair 8 in Telluride, Colo. Jake's put together a creative meal that will wow your friends without leaving you frustrated and feeling like a failure.

Includes recipes for:

  • Orreciette Amatriciana or '2 minute Telluride Ski Patrol Pasta'

  • Brie Fondue & Lobster Panini

Read more here.

Jennifer at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

February 13, 2007

101 Cookbooks: Baked Doughnuts

I have to admit, I'm dying to try these...

Mention the concept of a baked doughnut to any self-professed doughnut connoisseur, chances are you'll take some heat. The idea that a baked doughnut can match up to its deep-fried brethren is laughable in some circles. I'll concede they aren't the same, but baked doughnuts can be just as delicious - delicious yet different. They get bonus points for being healthier and for not making the house smell like a greasy fry station.

Includes recipe for:

  • Baked Doughnuts

Read more here.

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February 10, 2007

Nutty recipes

During the cold months I find myself using nuts a lot in cooking, they provide a firm, textural foundation that gives a much-needed warmth and cosiness to winter dishes. Hazelnuts are a particular favourite of mine. I love their distinctive taste and the earthy flavours they give to slow-cooked meat and stews.

Nuts are harvested in the autumn, so it's now that they are absolutely in season. This also means that nut oils are at their best right now too. This time last year I wrote a piece about walnut oil, and how versatile it is, but many nut oils are equally delicious.

Includes recipes for:

  • Monkfish and clams with roasted hazelnuts and rosemary aioli

  • Veal with spinach and hazelnut picada

  • Salad of toasted hazelnuts, roasted squash, mache and blood oranges

  • Hazelnut bitter chocolate cake

Full article here.

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Impress your other half with these red-hot recipes for Valentine's Day

Valentine's night, as I've probably mentioned in the past, is one of the worst nights of the year to go out for dinner. As you sit there with all the other couples, being charged a fortune for the privilege of eating food resembling a heart or other such nonsense, it's hard not to feel ripped off.

One answer would be to go somewhere really special for a celebration with a group of friends; I recently went to Burgh Island, a romantic private island off the coast of south Devon to stay in a wonderfully evocative art deco hotel (www.burghisland.com).

If you're celebrating at home, however, as I probably will be, then I think cooking food to share is probably the most romantic thing to do - food that you can eat with your hands, and don't have to be too prim and proper about.

Includes recipes for:

  • Lobster thermidor

  • Roast duck with blood orange sauce

  • Braised chicory

  • Rhubarb and Pomona trifle

Full article here.

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February 7, 2007

Australian-Chinese chef and TV host Kylie Kwong demystifies Chinese cuisine in her new cookbook SIMPLE CHINESE COOKING

image002.jpg Australian-Chinese chef and TV host Kylie Kwong demystifies Chinese cuisine in her stunning new cookbook SIMPLE CHINESE COOKING. Kylie's philosophy is to marry the freshest ingredients and the simplest techniques to create amazing flavor. All the necessary ingredients are available at your supermarket and Kylie's recipes are simple and straightforward. In no time, you'll be cooking everyday favorites like Soy Sauce Chicken, Pork Fried Rice, Button Mushroom Salad and Hot and Sour Soup. Each recipe is accompanied by inspiring, full color photographs of all of the finished dishes, and step-by-step pictures to guide you through their preparation.

Mum's Stir-Fried Chicken Fillets
Serve as a meal for 4 with steamed rice or as part of a banquet for 4-6

image001.jpgAnother one of Mum's great no-nonsense dishes! If you have no chicken stock on hand, or no time to make it, water is absolutely fine as a substitute.

800 g (1 lb 10 oz) chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2 cm (1 in) slices
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 medium-sized white onion, sliced
3 spring onions (scallions), trimmed and cut into 10 cm (4 in) lengths
2 tablespoons shao hsing wine or dry sherry
1/4 cup Light Chinese Chicken Stock (page 21)
1/4 cup spring onion (scallion) julienne
1 large red chilli, cut in half lengthways, seeds removed and finely sliced

2 tablespoons shao hsing wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger

Combine chicken with marinade ingredients in a large bowl, cover, and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a hot wok until surface seems to shimmer slightly. Add half the marinated chicken and stir-fry for 1 minute. Remove from wok with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add remaining chicken and stir-fry for 1 minute then remove from wok and set aside.

Add remaining oil to the hot wok, add onion and spring onions and stir-fry for 1 minute. Toss in reserved chicken and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Pour in wine or sherry and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds. Lastly, pour in stock and stir-fry for 30 seconds.

Arrange chicken on a platter and garnish with spring onion julienne and chilli.

Purchase SIMPLE CHINESE COOKING from Amazon.com

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February 3, 2007

Recipe News: Super Bowl recipes

includes recipes for:

  • Lime Tortilla Chips

  • Lucky 7 Layer Dip

  • Spicy Hummus with Grilled Pita

  • Slacker jacks

  • Teriyaki Chicken Wings

  • Hot Jalapeno Crab Dip

Full article here.

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February 2, 2007

Recipe News: Death by Chocolate Recipes

These seem like easy recipes for when you are just in the chocolate mood.

includes recipes for:

  • Chocolate Mud Cake

  • Chocolate Lover's Cheesecake

  • Chex Muddy Buddies

  • Sweet Heart Brownies

Full article here.

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Recipe News: At last: Cookbook with nutritious (and tasty) recipes for two

I am not proud of this, but it's true: By the time I make it home from work at night I'm usually so hungry that I dump a pound of pasta into boiling water, douse it with olive oil (or on a particularly bad night, a little cream and some cheese) and eat it directly from the pan in front of the TV.

My diet needs a makeover. But the idea of eating "diet food" makes me, well, sad. So when I receive a copy of "EatingWell Serves Two" (The Countryman Press, $24.95) in the mail, I decide to challenge myself. I will attempt, at least for a few meals, to eat healthy — pay attention to portion sizes, follow the recipe exactly (no adding an extra 1/4cup of olive oil because it will "taste better") and revel in feeling good about what I eat.

Lucky for me, EatingWell has even more to offer than I'd hoped. I decide to test recipes starting with the recipes that look good on paper and proceed to at least one recipe that makes me think, "Oh, that just can't be good." First up is Moroccan Grilled Salmon — marinated in a piquant blend of cumin, garlic, cilantro, paprika, lemon and yogurt, quickly grilled and served with a dollop of reserved marinade on the side. The photo in the book looks lovely, and the flavors — based on the Moroccan spice blend chermoula — seem promising.

Includes recipe for:

  • Moroccan Grilled Salmon

Full article here.

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January 31, 2007

The Minimalist: The Boring Old Broiler Turns Out to Be a Superstar

Most ovens have broilers, but how many of us really use them, or really know HOW to use them? Find out more about this often neglected kitchen tool...
It's right there, invisible, inside your oven, the most underappreciated, taken-for-granted appliance in your kitchen: the broiler. Bread machines, microwaves, sandwich-makers, electric grills and other “must-haves” come and go, but the broiler is always there. Hundreds of books are written about grilling, roasting, frying, even microwaving and steaming, for crying out loud, yet the broiler is largely ignored. The broiler is free — that is to say, you already own one — and easy to use. It is essentially an upside-down grill, but it produces results you cannot duplicate any other way. It even has a couple of distinct advantages over the outdoor grill and the countertop version.
Includes recipes for:
  • Hard-Shell Clams With Parsley Pesto
  • Broiled Steak With Pineapple and Onion Salsa
  • Tortilla Soup
Full article here.
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January 30, 2007

Recipe News: Real recipes for real men who aren’t afraid to cook

Gone are the days when the grill was the only spot manly men could express their culinary leanings. A wave of man-friendly foods, gadgets and food-media have made it safe for guys to get in the kitchen. Here are a few recipes to play with while there.

Includes recipes for:

  • Oven Barbecued Spareribs

  • Broiled Bacon-Basted Salmon with Mushroom Oyster Sauce

Full article here.

Jennifer at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

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