Everyday Dorie: Chicken and Salad Milanese Style

October 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, salads, savory things, veggies | 6 Comments
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chicken and salad milanese style

Chicken and Salad Milanese Style was my dinner last night and my lunch today. I can tell you it’s perfect for either meal. I’d probably also eat it for breakfast, not gonna lie. So good.

I have to say, though, that when I got home from work last night, pounding out and breading chicken breasts was not what I felt like doing at all. I felt like eating cereal in front of the TV. Hahaha. But I’m on my own for a couple of days and only needed to do two cutlets, so I sucked it up. I did the prep dirty work, and then let the breaded cutlets chill (Dorie says some chill time makes them cook up crispier) while I loaded up the dishwasher with my messy stuff, put on my PJs and washed my face. In the end it was a pretty simple and quick process.

The cutlets are sautéed in a combo of butter and oil, and you can taste the butteriness in the finished dish. My favorite dude at the neighborhood greenmarket sells a really interesting salad greens mix, with stuff like super peppery arugula, pea shoots, tatsoi, baby kale and purple mizuna. Dressed in a lemony vinaigrette, the salad gives a bit of fresh sharpness alongside the chicken. I’ll make this again for sure, like probably this weekend.

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: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 27, 2019 at 10:13 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, cookies & bars, everyday dorie, groups, sweet things | 6 Comments
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chewy chocolate chip cookies

Sometimes I feel like my kitchen is just a cookie factory, but I really do love making them and they’re certainly easy to share. I know I’ll have no problem finding takers for these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dorie’s latest take on the CCC (I guess this one is the CCCC). Dorie’s tricky tweak for these is to add a small amount of oats to the dough…not enough to turn them into an oatmeal cookie, but enough to make them a bit chewy. Also there is so much chocolate, and that makes them nice and gooey, too!

The cookies use a combo of regular granulated and light brown sugars. I don’t have any light brown in the cupboard right now, but I do have plenty of dark muscovado, so I swapped that in, and it definitely made my dough darker in color. I had these in the fridge for a few days before I baked them off, so they stayed chubby and didn’t spread out too much. There are a few in the freezer, too, waiting for the next time a chocolate chip cookie craving strikes. Likely this weekend. Hahaha.

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: Tomato and Peach Panzanella

September 13, 2019 at 10:58 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, salads, savory things, veggies | 4 Comments
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tomato and peach panzanella

The days are getting shorter and cooler, but it’s still peak tomato season. This Tomato and Peach Panzanella is the perfect way to keep summer around just a wee bit longer. Use whatever bread you want, use peaches or other stone fruit or even melon, choose your favorite herb, make it as salty or as acidic as you like…it’s a use-what-you-like and taste-as-you-go type of thing.

There is a bit of oven time involved with this salad because you need to make croutons. But chunky homemade croutons are so worth it for any salad, and here they’ll soak up all the beautiful juice from the tomatoes and peaches without decomposing into mush. I used what I guess I’d call “French bread” rolls from the restaurant where I work. We always have a bag of day old rolls left over from the previous night’s dinner service and no one minds if I take a few home. I make croutons with them on the regular, in fact. At the greenmarket, I always get a mix of tomatoes– a variety of sizes, from medium to tiny, and all the colors I can find. I like nectarines more than I do peaches, but the peaches have been exceptional this year, I must say, and I used them here.

This was delicious, and I liked the sweetness from the peaches. I had a big batch of croutons, so I made it a couple of times. A little feta was a good add the second time around. I didn’t have any salad left over either time, but I have in the past made too much panzanella…I’ve found that next-day panzanella, when the croutons are a bit too soggy and the tomatoes have spent the night in the fridge, makes fabulous gazpacho whizzed up in the blender. Pro-tip for ya.

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: Fresh-Off-The Cob Corn Chowder

August 9, 2019 at 7:16 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, soups, veggies | 13 Comments
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fresh-off-the-cob corn chowder

We’re a soup lovin’ crowd here at Cook the Book Fridays. This is the third one we’ve made, and we’ve barely cracked the book open. August might not be my idea of hot soup weather, but corn has just come into season here in New York. There are mountains of beautiful ears at the Greenmarket, so I’m happy to oblige our liquid dinner cravings with this Fresh-Off-The-Cob Corn Chowder.  Along with potatoes, fresh sweet corn forms the base of this chowder, which also has sautéed aromatics like onion, garlic, celery and fennel stalks. Dorie says the fennel is optional, but I really think it adds a wonderful flavor here (and is a good way to use a stalk of two after you’ve done something else with the main bulb). About half of the veggies are cooked and pureed with the soup stock to make a creamy base that, thanks to the starchy corn and potatoes, contains no dairy, and the other half is sautéed and added at the end for fresh texture. I did not use the bacon in the recipe, as I forgot to get it at the store, but I had some smoked turkey breast to give it a similar flavor (I would have used turkey bacon anyway).

One of the best parts about making a soup like this is getting to garnish it. I always enjoy planning out the finishing touches. Here I went with the extra sautéed corn and veggie bits, cubed potatoes, pulled smoked turkey, a little sour cream, some fennel fronds and a dustings of fennel pollen and black pepper. The soup is excellent, and I really enjoyed my leftovers the next day heated up just a bit warmer than room temperature.

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: Shrimp Tacos

July 12, 2019 at 10:40 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 2 Comments
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shrimp tacos

If I don’t have tacos at least once a week, then my week is not going very well. If my week includes these Shrimp Tacos, then it’s going pretty swimmingly. In fact, they made me feel like I was at the beach in Mexico. Seasoned shrimp wrapped inside warm corn tortillas are improved only with a selection of toppings like you’d find at any good taquería. Chipotle cream, avocado mash and salsa are excellent options, and I’ll take all three, along with lime, cilantro and shredded lettuce.

I did take a cheater step and bought a container of pico de gallo from my local gourmet shop. They make it in-house each day and dice all the ingredients very fine, so they probably do it better than I would, even though I always add some extra salt, lime juice and spice. Here, I also supplemented it with some diced pineapple and bell pepper to make it more in line with the fruity salsa in Dorie’s recipe.

This is so fresh and flavorful and feels so healthy. It’s a great summer dinner, best with a cold beer, or if you’re still feeling ambitious after making all the bits and pieces, a zingy margarita.

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: Mushroom-Bacon Galette

June 14, 2019 at 5:31 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 4 Comments
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mushroom-bacon galette

It’s fun to do a little savory baking now and again. And it’s rewarding, too…as a result of my baking efforts today, I’ll be spending my Friday night with a glass of rosé and a nice slice of Mushroom-Bacon Galette. That’s my idea of a good time.

People always say that galette is pie for beginners. I guess that’s true because it’s so easy to make and it’s supposed to look rustically imperfect, but it’s every bit as good as pie. Maybe this will be my “summer of the galette”…sweet and savory all season! You can use store-bought pie dough, but Dorie’s galette dough recipe is quickly made in the food processor, and it’s pretty foolproof. For the filling, bacon is crisped, walnuts are chopped and mushrooms are cooked down with some aromatics. This thing smells amazing in the oven! Out of the oven, it’s salty and earthy– umami in a pastry crust. It will be a perfect summer dinner with a salad and a glass of chilled vino.

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: Green-as-Spring Soup

May 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, soups | 8 Comments
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green-as-spring soup

This Green-as-Spring Soup was pretty easily put together after a walk through my neighborhood farmers’ market. After a long winter of turnips, the stalls are overflowing with green stuff right now! Armed with some leeks, garlic and shallots, a bunch of asparagus (which I trimmed, but did not bother to peel) and a zucchini, I got to work. After a quick sweat down of the alliums, it was everything else in the pot with some broth to simmer till soft. I had some nice spinach from my favorite farmer and I threw in just a handful of that, along with my herbs, for extra pop. Happily for those of us lacking amazing knife skills, it doesn’t matter how neatly things are cut up…it all gets puréed smooth in the blender. I fished out a few of the asparagus tips before blending the soup, which I used as garnish, along with a quick herb cream I made from pesto and greek yogurt. I added a drizzle of good olive oil, too, because, well, more green!

This soup was delicious and velvety even though it contains no dairy (apart from the garnish). It’s fresh and satisfying, and was even better reheated the next day.

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: Salmon Burgers

April 12, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 13 Comments
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salmon burgers

One of my grandmas used to like to make salmon patties for dinner. They were a regular thing on nights when she’d babysit my brother and me. I can’t say that I loved them, but I thought about her as I made the Salmon Burgers from Everyday Dorie. Grandma used canned salmon, but these burgers are made with fresh salmon fillets, quickly zipped in the food processor. The fish mince is mixed with a lemony, herby yogurt concoction for moisture and flavor and formed into burgers. There was a lot of chatter on the C&Cs about how well the burgers held together (or didn’t) while cooking, so I took Mardi’s advice to add a sprinkling of breadcrumbs to the mix. After chilling the burger mix in the fridge for a couple of hours, I didn’t have any problem flipping them or getting them out of my nonstick pan.

The guy in this house got his burger on a bun. I had mine on a bed of lettuce instead, and ate it with a fork. Both got pickled red onions and a schmear of yogurt-herb sauce that pretty much mimicked the dressing mixed into the burgers themselves. I’d say this is an upgrade from Grandma’s canned salmon cakes, and I’d make them 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: Potato Tourte

March 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 10 Comments
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potato tourte

I thought about not making the Potato Tourte this week for Cook the Book Fridays. It’s not that a potato gratin wrapped inside puff pastry isn’t appealing to me. It’s that it’s too appealing to me. I decided that if I made about half a recipe (which I totally eyeballed) in one of my 6-inch pie plates, then things wouldn’t spiral too out of control.

There are certain things that I am notoriously stingy with. Parchment paper is one…I will re-use a piece until it basically turns to ashes on a sheet tray. Puff pastry is another. There is no trimming of excess and there is never waste. I decided to allocate one half of a sheet of puff pastry to this project (the other half I’m saving intact for something else later this month). I wanted my top crust to look great, so I cut that round first. Then I patchworked the bottom crust in with the rest of the sheet and the off cuts from the top round. It looked kind of crazy pre-filling, but seems to have worked fine. I popped all that in the fridge while I assembled my oniony, garlicky herb mix (using fresh parsley, basil puree that I keep in the freezer and dried thyme) and my butter bits (which I actually grated so I could disperse them more evenly) and lemon strips (which I also actually grated) and mandolined a couple of yukon golds without any incident (I did not soak them in water). It didn’t take too long before everything was stacked and egg washed and in the oven.

For the final third of the baking time, cream gets drizzled into the steam vent in the top. I had a fair amount of butter bubbling and sizzling out of the tourte and onto the baking sheet, so I decided to only use a couple of tablespoons of cream instead of the half cup I otherwise would have. It seemed to be telling me it could barley contain all the fat that was in it already. Hahaha.

This is truly delicious. I served it with a bitter radicchio salad and a glass white wine to cut through the richness. Not only do you get the beautiful layers in the puff pastry, put also beautiful layers of creamy herbed potato. As yummy as this was for dinner, I’m looking forward to brunch leftovers tomorrow.

potato tourte

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: Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs

February 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things | 8 Comments
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sweet chili chicken thighs

It’s Sunday and that means I’m two days tardy for Cook the Book Fridays. Please forgive me, and know that these Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs will make an excellent Sunday supper, so I think I actually just solved your dinner problems for the evening. It’s an easy one-pot meal (although getting out a second pot for rice isn’t a bad idea) of chicken thighs braised in a sweet and spicy, sticky sauce made from Thai sweet chili sauce, white wine, soy, Dijon and Sriracha.

I tampered a bit with this recipe, but only in the order in which I cooked off the ingredients. If I had used boneless, skinless chicken thighs here, I may have gone ahead and done it as written, which is to sauté onions, garlic and ginger in oil in a Dutch oven, remove them while browning the chicken thighs and add them back in so everything braises together in the sauce. But I used chicken thighs with the bones and skin. These render a lot of fat when you brown them, and I wanted to sauté my aromatics in that delicious liquid gold, rather than just discard it. Schmaltz is not to be wasted, so I browned the chicken thighs first (starting skin side down, then flipping them) to render it out. I removed the thighs to a plate and carried on cooking the”onions and friends,” as Dorie says, before adding back the chicken with the sauce to braise.

Rice is the natural thing to help soak up the extra sauce on these thighs, and I added a little furikake sprinkle to mine and some quick rice wine vinegar pickles on the side. Maybe I mish-moshed cuisines a little, but all was devoured, and I don’t think anyone minded. P.S.: Dorie says this also works well with pork tenderloin.

sweet chili chicken thighs

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 (spoiler alert: we all did!).

 

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