Everyday Dorie: Summer Vegetable Tian

June 26, 2020 at 4:46 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, veggies | 3 Comments
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summer vegetable tian

My neighborhood greenmarket is rockin’ right now (in a very safe and socially distant way, of course), and it was easy to get everything I needed for this Summer Vegetable Tian. A tian is a lot like ratatouille, with layers of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and red onion soaking up garlic, thyme and EVOO. You bake the heck out this until the veggies collapse into squishy, olive oily goodness. Dorie says it’s borderline vegetable jam. And seriously, don’t skimp on the oil– just mop it up with a piece of nice bread.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here), and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all the tians the group made this week.

Everyday Dorie: Three-Pepper Burgers

June 12, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 6 Comments
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three-pepper burgers

I made these Three-Pepper Burgers for Memorial Day dinner, and boy, that seems like a long time ago now! I tweaked the recipe to make them into turkey burgers (meaning I used ground turkey and a spoonful of bread crumbs to help bind it), since I don’t eat beef. The meat is mixed up with herbs, cheese and, of course, three types of peppers— roasted, pickled and spicy. I didn’t have any hamburger buns and I didn’t really feel like buying any…with only two of us, a bag of buns winds up taking space in the freezer forever. I did have some mini pitas on hand that were actually the perfect size to hold a burger. And since they are a little lighter than a regular bun, I could eat more sweet potato fries!

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here), and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all the burgers the group made this week.

Everyday Dorie: Ponzu Chicken

May 22, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things | 7 Comments
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ponzu chicken

I should call this particular Ponzu Chicken the “pandemic pantry version.” I made a few fiddley-dos to get this dish on the table for dinner, but I don’t think they strayed too far from the original. Ponzu sauce is the star of a spicy marinade that flavors chicken breasts. I had neither ponzu nor chicken breasts. Hmmm…I did have boneless, skinless chicken thighs (which I prefer anyway) and I know how to concoct a faux ponzu from tamari, mirin, and mixed citrus juice. I went with it and marinated my thighs for for several hours before cooking them up in my cast iron pan. I gave the thighs a bit more time than breasts would have taken, and made sure they were cooked through by checking their internal temp. I poured the leftover marinade straight over the thighs in the pan (rather then transfer them to a plate) near the end of the cook time, and basted the meat with it as it came to a boil and reduced down to a sticky glaze. I had some leftover veggies from Chinese take-out the night before and some fresh ramen noodles in the fridge to serve with it…a yummy hodgepodge.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see what else the group made this week. Next time, we’ll go back to making the same recipe as a group.

Everyday Dorie: Western Frittata

May 8, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Posted in breakfast things, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 9 Comments
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western frittata

I have made many versions of this Western Frittata since getting the book Everyday Dorie— most of them were not even very Western. I also have many photos of the many versions and I don’t even exactly remember what I put in them. I think this particular one is probably more of an Italian Frittata…looks like I used sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers and pesto. I can’t be sure because there are so many things you can do with a frittata. It’s a lot like the Ginger Fried Rice we made, in that it’s a fridge-raiding, use what you have, get rid of bits and bobs kinda thing. It’s perfect for what’s going down right now, and I mix it up on the regular now that I’m making breakfast for two every.single.morning.

I have a small cast iron pan, so I do roughly a half-recipe of Dorie’s frittata, except instead of four eggs I only use three because I prefer them a little thinner and they cook a little quicker.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to what everyone made this week.

Everyday Dorie: Boozy Jumbled-Fruit Croustade

April 24, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, pies & tarts, sweet things | 11 Comments
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boozy jumbled-fruit croustade

Ever since I made hot cross buns for Easter, basically all of my thoughts not somehow related to the current pandemic have been about how insanely delicious booze-soaked dried fruit is. Small pleasures help get through tough times, I guess. With lots of dried fruit and ready-made phyllo, the Boozy Jumbled-Fruit Croustade from Everyday Dorie may be a good dessert to save for the middle of winter, but it’s also a good choice when you are cooking from your pantry (and jonesing for booze-soaked dried fruit). I have small amounts of lots of different fruits in my cupboard, all of them need a home and any of them would be just dandy steeped in bourbon, but here I went with dried cherries, raisins and figs combined with candied orange peel and fresh apple and clementine bits.

I had two sheets of phyllo kicking around my freezer for a few months. To say that they were tattered would be an understatement. They were borderline shredded, almost unusable, and certainly not enough in either quantity or quality to make the big croustade in the book. But…if i took the recipe and minified it, along the lines of the Petite Apple Croustades I made made with TWD, I thought I could save that phyllo from the bin. I was able to make two baby croustades for dessert by cutting the tatters into strips that I overlapped in a muffin tin. I piled the the jumbled bourbon-fruit into each one and and carefully brought the overhanging phyllo up to cover. It was quite a sloppy affair, with buttered phyllo bits flying everywhere, but they came out of the oven bronzed and ruffled, and looking way nicer than they did when they went in. A magical transformation: crispy, boozy, sweet and incredibly tasty.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see what everyone else made this week.

Everyday Dorie: Lettuce Soup

April 10, 2020 at 11:30 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, soups, veggies | 10 Comments
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lettuce soup

This month for Cook the Book Fridays we’re using what we have and making anything we’d like/are able to from Everyday Dorie. I do my absolute best even in “normal” times to not throw out food and, at one point many months ago, had made mental note of a recipe for Lettuce Soup in the book. I thought it would be a good way to repurpose some limp leaves if need be. Fast forward to now and, with limited trips to the grocery store, I bought a three-pack of romaine hearts. By the time I got down to the last of the three, it looked more ready for lettuce soup than for salad!

I did have to make a few “use what ya have” mods to my batch of soup. The recipe uses three types of onion: regular, shallot and scallion. I just went with a bit more yellow onion in the base and cut up some chives to garnish it before serving. I could tell, given the ingredient list, that this would be a thin soup, one that my husband would not have found substantial enough for dinner. I had one lonely medium-size potato on the counter so I diced it and added it to the pot when the broth went in to simmer. The cooked potato acted as a thickener when I blended the final soup later. Dorie also calls for two types of lettuce…I had the romaine, but not the butter lettuce. I did have a little spinach, though, and I threw in just a handful, which had the added benefit of boosting the green color.

A little goat cheese, some garlic oil and those chives dressed up my lettuce soup, along with tapenade toasts on the side. It was a good dinner and a satisfying way to use things that needed using. For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see what everyone else made this week.

 

Everyday Dorie: Last-of-the-Bunch Banana Bundt

March 27, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in bundt cakes, cakes & tortes, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, simple cakes, sweet things | 9 Comments
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last-of-the-bunch banana bundt

A cake with bananas, chocolate chips, coconut and rum– sign me up! This Last-of-the-Bunch-Banana Bundt has all my favorite stuff, and thankfully that made it a pantry-friendly recipe for me. I did make a couple of little tweaks as I went along. I played up the coconut flavors by using coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar and coconut milk as the liquid in the glaze. Since this batter is so full of moisture-adding mashed banana and Greek yogurt, I decided I could probably cut out just a bit of fat, and only used half the butter called for (I kept the full amount of coconut oil).

There’s a good amount of batter here, and I was a little nervous that it was too much for the pan. Turned out it wasn’t, though…it baked up into a tall, glorious Bundt, which would have been delicious and pretty enough on it’s own, to be sure, but a little glaze and sprinkle didn’t hurt either.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here), and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Ginger Fried Rice

March 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 7 Comments
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ginger fried rice

This Ginger Fried Rice is a quick and tasty homemade version of a favorite take-out treat. In fact it’s better, because it’s fresher, less greasy and has more veggies. If you have some leftover cooked rice, this is a great way to use it up, along with those stray bits of this and that you might like to clear out of the icebox. Dorie says it’s a good recipe for fridge-raiders, a group I normally belong to, although in this particular case I did need to go out and get some stuff.

I went with Dorie’s suggestions for onions, garlic, baby bok choy and shrimp. I took a total cheat on the cabbage and carrots and bought a bag of coleslaw mix, which contained both and saved me the step of having to thinly slice them. Egg is a must in my fried rice (in fact if I order it out, I usually ask for extra egg), so I pre-scrambled a couple of them before getting along with the rest or the stir fry.

There’s a kick of fresh grated ginger, of course, to flavor the dish, but also a sweet and spicy sauce of ponzu, gochujang and honey. I don’t have any poznu in the fridge, but I do have soy and bottled yuzu juice, so I used a mix of that. I actually have to admit that I never measure anything for a sauce like this. I just get the general idea and then add the ingredients to taste. My taste buds told me this needed some sesame oil, so I added that to my sauce, too.

This is one I’ll make over and over again. For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Balsamic Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms (Sheet-Pan Supper)

February 28, 2020 at 8:45 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 6 Comments
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sheet pan supper: balsamic chicken with baby potatoes and mushrooms

Balsamic Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms is a recipe that’s right up my alley. I make some sort of sheet pan supper or tray bake with chicken thighs or sausages and veg quite often. It’s easy (basically hands off after you toss everything together), there’s little to wash up and, my gosh, is roasted stuff good.

Here, you toss together little potatoes, mushrooms, garlic cloves and a shallot with thyme, rosemary, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and s&p. Scatter that stuff over a sheet tray and then do the same with some chicken legs, nestling them among the veggies. Then it’s everyone in the oven for 45 minutes while you have a glass of red wine and a snack. I actually just used chicken thighs and not legs (with drumsticks attached) for this. And I didn’t oil the thighs before I put them on the tray. I simply seasoned them and coated them in the vinegar, because I feel like chicken thighs render out quite a lot of fat on their own. I did go into the oven at the halfway point to turn the mushrooms and potatoes, but I put the chicken on the tray skin side up and left it that way for the whole bake to get a sweet and crispy skin.

This was really good. I’m glad my husband isn’t into noticeable garlic pieces because, to me, the whole roasted cloves were a prize. I squeezed them out onto my plate and mixed the sweet garlic goo into everything else. Yum.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here), and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Chickpea-Tahini Salad

February 14, 2020 at 8:08 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, salads, savory things | 9 Comments
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chickpea-tahini salad

Happy Valentine’s Day– nothing says “I love you” like a salad! I’m really not kidding, especially if it’s a super-tasty one, like this Chickpea-Tahini Salad. Quick and easy to make (if you use canned chickpeas like I did) and really flavorful, this is my kind of lunch. Just take chickpeas, red onion, red pepper and herbs and mix them up in a lemony, garlicky tahini dressing with all the good spices. Grab a fork and enjoy.

I scaled back the recipe to use just one can of chickpeas. Even so, I had leftovers, and the next day I mixed in some canned tuna, celery and cherry tomatoes. Also yum, and my extra dressing was great drizzled all over a shawarma-ish chicken and Israeli salad pita sandwich thingie I made for dinner the other night.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

 

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