Saturday, December 13, 2008

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great FoodAuthor of a dozen bestselling cookbooks and beloved columnist for The New York Times ("The Minimalist"), Chef Mark Bittman bookends his award-winning modern classic, How to Cook Everything, with How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian the ultimate one-stop resource for meatless meals. Refreshingly straightforward and filled with illustrated recipes, this is a book that puts vegetarian cuisine within the reach of every home cook. You'll want to spend countless days in the kitchen with Bittman's latest culinary treasure.

Praise for How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

"Mark Bittman's category lock on definitive, massive food tomes continues with this well-thought-out ode to the garden and beyond. Combining deep research, tasty information, and delicious easy-to-cook recipes is Mark's forte and everything I want to cook is in here, from chickpea fries to cheese soufflés."—Mario Batali, chef, author, and entrepreneur

"How do you make an avid meat eater (like me) fall in love with vegetarian cooking? Make Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian part of your culinary library."—Bobby Flay, chef/owner of Mesa Grill and Bar Americain and author of the Mesa Grill Cookbook

"Recipes that taste this good aren't supposed to be so healthy. Mark Bittman makes being a vegetarian fun."—Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center and coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual

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Top Chef The Cookbook

Top Chef The CookbookPack your knives and go . . . straight to the bookstore. Top Chef presents the official companion cookbook to the No. 1 rated food show on cable television! Featuring 100 fabulous recipes from the first three seasons of the show, including dishes from the Elimination Rounds and the Quick-Fire Challenges, The Top Chef Cookbook invites fans into the hottest kitchen on prime time. In-depth discussions with contestants, judges, and crew reveal the inner workings of the show, and lavish photographs take readers behind-the-scenes into the Top Chef pantry and the competition sites. Handsomely packaged with a canvas cover inspired by the chef's jacket worn by each of the Top Chef contestants, this cookbook will have aspiring culinary contenders reliving classic show moments and relishing new recipes just in time to obsess over Padma's outfits in Season 4.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Pie Recipe

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Pie

Recipe Ingredients

1 9 inch pie shell
1 cup sour cream
3 cups chopped rhubarb
½ cup flour
2 cups sliced strawberries
½ cup brown sugar
11/2 cup white sugar
¼ cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup flour


Arrange rhubarb and strawberries in unbaked pie shell.
Mix sugar and 1/3 cup flour with sour cream and pour
over fruit. Combine ½ cup of flour with brown sugar and
butter to form a crumble mixture and sprinkle over top.

Bake at 450F for 15 minutes then at 350F for
another 30 minutes until fruit is tender. Serve warm with
ice cream or chill and serve alone.

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Simply Sensational Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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Strawberry Shortcake

Prep Time:20 min
Total Time:35 min
Makes:8 servings

Recipe Ingredients

1-1/4 cups milk, divided
1/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
3 Tbsp. sugar
2-1/4 cups all-purpose baking mix for biscuits
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
4 cups sliced strawberries
1/3 cup sugar


PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Beat 1/2 cup of the milk, the sour cream and 3 Tbsp. sugar in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in baking mix until just moistened. Spread evenly into greased 9-inch round cake pan. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until top is golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

ADD remaining 3/4 cup milk to dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in half of the whipped topping. Toss strawberries with 1/3 cup sugar; set aside. Cut cake horizontally in half to make two layers.

PLACE bottom cake layer on serving plate; top with half of the strawberry mixture. Spread with pudding mixture; cover with top cake layer. Spread with remaining whipped topping; top with remaining strawberry mixture. Serve immediately. Store any leftover shortcake in refrigerator.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Easy Healthy Recipes - What You Need to Know

If you are looking for an easier way to delight in a healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones, one of the most effective ways is to prepare home-cooked meals using Easy Healthy Recipes.

You can drastically improve the health benefits by staying in to eat. Between work, errands, and children's after-school activities, it's not easy to find time to make a sit-down dinner. But before you head out to a restaurant for dinner, consider the advantages of eating together at home. With the rising costs of food and fuel putting a pinch on everyone's pocketbook these days, one way to ease the pain is to eat out less and make more meals at home.

Home-cooked meals provides benefits that help you save money and are healthier for you and your family.

Once you decide to do more cooking at home, pick out some favorite easy healthy recipes and then get creative. A home-cooked meal offers the following benefits:

* Reduces the amount of processed foods you eat. Freshly prepared meals are better for you than the typical grab-and-go snack. You can help ensure your family eats healthfully.

* Is time well invested. If you sit down to dinner, you'll probably eat more slowly and take time to enjoy it. This will help prevent overeating.

* Offers fewer distractions. If you serve dinner at the table, away from the television set and other distractions, you're likely to pay more attention to your food choices and portions.

* Gives you the chance to be a role model. When you eat at the dinner table, your children will have the opportunity to eat what you eat, in the atmosphere you create. This is an opportunity to instill good eating habits and manners.
* Allows you to try new foods. Use your family meal to prepare new foods as well as old favorites. You can find new ideas by checking out easy healthy recipes.

One guide that that I think every family should have is the "Everyday with Rachael Ray". This is a monthly subscription magazine that has easy healthy recipes for 30 minute meals, breakfast, starters and sides, soups and stews, salads &vegetables, pasta & pizza, etc.

The content is pretty impressive with wonderful recipes, ideas and food stories. Of course, once you try the recipes to see if they are any good, you will be amazed at the quality and variety. You will be able to make Grilled Beer Chicken with Potato Slabs, Orange Beef with Cilantro Rice, Turkey Kebabs, Roasted-Potato Pennette, Greek Style Tuna Salads, Posole (I was always looking for a good recipe for this - and this is the best one I have come across not to mention easy), Beef Wellingtons (simple) Chicken Curry and more!

Some of the recipes are from her many books, but there is lots of new stuff here as well. I really like the dessert recipes by contributor Silvana Nardone. Other cooks are featured here as well - so this is not strictly a "Rachael Ray" magazine.

Every issue comes with a handy 'mini cookbook' complete with grocery list - you can take this right out of the book and bring it to the store. Talk about convenient and clever! Wow! It boasts a week of 30 minute meals. Very nice for the busy home cook.

Overall, I am seriously impressed with this magazine - great content, supremely Easy Healthy Recipes, good variety, lots of pictures, nice layout and a sense of fun that is absent in many of the other cooking magazines. I recommend this magazine to everyone who loves to cook - not just those looking for cooking in a flash. Stunning!!!

Kevin Hinkston
Easy Healthy Recipes
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Crockpot Swedish Meatball Recipe

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Crockpot Swedish Meatball

A crockpot Swedish meatballs are a dish that would only improve by marinating all day long. I came up with this, and although you can use frozen meatballs to make the super quick and easy version, I've included a very tasty recipe for homemade meatballs as well.

SERVES 12 , 60 meatballs


4 slices white bread, finely chopped
2 lbs lean ground beef
4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce


1.In bowl, combine bread with 1/2 cup water; let stand until absorbed (about 2 minutes).

2.Stir in beef, yolks, 2 tablespoons parsley, onion, salt, mustard, ginger, garlic, and pepper.

3.With wet hands roll heaping tablespoonfuls of meat mixture into balls, about 60.

4.Place in crock pot.

5.In bowl, mix together soup and flour; pour over meatballs.

6.Cook on high until cooked through (about 4 hours); stir.

7.Stir in sour cream and Worcestershire sauce.

8.Serve sprinkled with remaining parsley.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Brunch Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

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Brunch Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Serves/Makes : 12


3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Beat in sour cream. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and nutmeg. Add to mixture and beat well. Pour into a buttered and floured 9 x 13 inch pan.

Combine brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon and mix well. Sprinkle over batter. Cover and chill overnight. Uncover and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

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Orange Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe

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Orange Braised Lamb Shanks


4 lamb shanks
1 carrot, diced finely
1 medium onion, diced finely
2 celery sticks, diced finely
30-45ml/2-3 tbsp olive oil
few sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 garlic loves, finely chopped
2 oranges, juice and finely grated zest (no pith)
1 lemon, juice and finely grated zest (no pith)
4 tbsp sieved roasted tomatoes (or 1 tbsp concentrated tomato purée)
½ bottle white wine
250ml/8½fl oz lamb stock (or water)
salt and pepper
fresh parsley, chopped


1. In a suitable casserole dish, sweat the diced vegetables in some of the olive oil without browning until tender.

2. Add the thyme, bay leaves, garlic, tomato, wine and lamb stock or water, along with most of the orange zest and juice (retain a few pinches of zest and 1 tbsp of juice). Bring to the boil and lower to a gentle simmer.

3. Heat a little more olive oil in a separate pan and brown the lamb shanks on all sides, seasoning with a little salt and pepper as you go.

4. Transfer to the casserole dish and cover with its lid. Cook in a preheated slow-moderate oven (about 150C/300F/Gas 2) until the meat is completely tender and coming off the bone.

5. Remove the shanks from the pan and keep warm while you finish the sauce. Skim off some of the fat that is floating on it. Taste for seasoning and to assess its intensity. Boil to reduce if you think it needs it.

6. Stir in the reserved juice to refresh the citrus flavour.

7. Serve one lamb shank on each warmed plate with a generous amount of sauce spooned over. Sprinkle each shank with a little parsley and a pinch of the reserved zest.

Serves 4

Orange Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hungarian Goulash Crock Pot Recipe

Crock Pot Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash Crock Pot

With so many Hungarian Goulash recipes out there, how do you know what's authentic? Dumplings or not, stew or thicker, noodles or plain.

Recipe Ingredients

2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup water
1/4 cup flour


1.Place meat in crockpot and cover with sliced onion.

2.Combine garlic, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, paprika and mustard Stir in water, mix well, and pour over meat.

3.Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

4.Turn control to high.

5.Dissolve flour in a small amount of cold water and stir into meat mixture.

6.Cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

7.Serve over noodles or rice.

Hungarian Goulash Crock Pot Recipe by recipezaar

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