Newspaper recipes: Delicious and easy Coconut Shrimp Soup (Houston Chronicle, date unknown, reprinted from Everyday Food, November 2005); Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone (Houston Chronicle, October 24, 2012) which was so light and healthy – perfect meal in the midst of a holiday calorie-fest; and the most amazingly delicious Spinach and Gorgonzola Risotto (Miami Herald, date unknown) that I served as a side dish on Christmas Eve. I must make this again soon and share the recipe because it is divine!
The magazine recipes I tried were: Eggs Florentine with Low-Fat Hollandaise (Shape Magazine, September 2001) that was so good, and fun to make – I got to make hollandaise (a first) and poach eggs!; a really yummy Pacific Northwest Burger (Cooking Light, July 2013, p. 88) which, before rumors get started, is made of salmon. It also involves the only radishes that I have ever eaten and loved! (I’m a certified, card-carrying radish HATER.); and I served the burgers with Dijon Smashed Potatoes (Cooking Light, July 2013, p. 65) that were easy, creamy, and had a prominent mustard flavor without being too much.
For Cookbook Roulette, the first cookbook I chose was:
Cooking at a Glance – Cookies by Jane Horn
I made the Espresso Meringue Kisses. The flavor was really great, but the meringues turned out to be hollow inside! Fail.
The second cookbook I chose was:
Bon Appetit Tastes of the World by Bon Appetit magazine
I got this cookbook years ago, free with a magazine subscription to Bon Appetit. I made Mushrooms Vittoria (p. 65) as a side dish for our New Year’s Eve dinner:
Yummy stone crabs!
The mushrooms were delicious, all caramelized and glazed. I’ll definitely make them again!
The third cookbook I chose was:
Molto Gusto by Mario Batali
D actually stepped in on this one and made the Fennel and Bottarga Pizza (page 207) for my birthday dinner. We didn’t go out because it fell on a weeknight, but this was a fine substitution. Especially tasty with champagne. 🙂