Category Archives: Cook The Book Fridays
Oh my! Happy Friday! As I sit down to write this post, I see that my blog has been dormant for almost six months. In a period where I have no shortage of time to do things, clearly I haven’t given blogging priority. I’ve mostly cooked along with Cook the Book Fridays though I haven’t shared my thoughts on the recipes.
This week’s recipe for Western Frittata is a twist on the diner favorite, the Western Omelet. Frittatas are a favorite at my house. Like Dorie, I seldom use a recipe, varying the filling based on the season and the contents of the refrigerator. This recipe’s filling of sautéed scallions, red pepper and jalapeño is worth repeating. The pinch of chile powder and dose of hot sauce added some zing but not unbearable heat. Sliced tomato and thyme sprigs on top made for a pretty dish.
I did have some issues unmolding it. It was slightly undercooked in the center and when I flipped the frittata onto the cutting board, the center stayed in the pan. I channeled my inner Julia Child, patched it together and flipped it back onto the serving plate.
I served the frittata for dinner with a salad and home baked bread. It was delicious.
Oh my! I’m feeling out of practice with blogging. Hopefully I’ll stay on the bandwagon moving forward. I’m looking forward to catching up with my Cook the Book Fridays friends at their blogs later today.
As we continue to relive Groundhog Day, day after day (223 days and counting), I make an effort to take joy in the little things. Sometimes it’s the color of the sky at sunset or the color of the leaves as they change and fall. It could be the continual blooming this late in the season of morning glories climbing my garage or the smile on my face when I finish another knitted pumpkin. More often, it’s the deliciousness of something I eat.
Fortunately, it was another winning month with the recipes selected by Cook the Book Fridays from Everyday Dorie. On paper, neither was remarkable. In my belly, JOY! And the joy was compounded by being able to use my CSA vegetables in both recipes, so perfectly seasonal.
First were the Miso-Maple-Jammed Sweet Potatoes (though I’m two weeks late on sharing my impressions). Roast sweet potatoes are a frequent guest at my dinner table. Butter has always been their simple topping. It never occurred to me to dress them up further. This recipe tops the roasted potatoes with a complex compound melted butter concoction: butter, miso, maple syrup, and ponzu sauce (which I substituted with soy sauce & lemon juice – didn’t plan ahead).
The topping was more saucy than jammy. It also wasn’t very photogenic, too brown. In any case, the miso-maple jam was tasty and I’ll whip up more next time I roast sweet potatoes. I served the sweet potatoes with this Inside-Out Egg Roll Salad from Food 52. The Asian flavors of the two dishes complemented each other well.
Next was Bean and Tortilla Soup. This sounded kind of boring. I don’t always like Dorie’s soups, so my expectations weren’t high. However, with a chill finally in the air, it’s time to start having soup for lunch. The soup is a simple vegetable soup with Mexican seasoning. Tomato-based vegetable soups are not usually my favorite. Was I ever surprised! Even plain, this soup was better than expected. Dorie provides a long list of add-ins. I had most of them on-hand, so we went wild. Beans (black, which I just stirred into the base), sour cream, diced avocado, cilantro leaves, some of the onion and peppers used in the soup, shredded cheese and tortilla chips. We ate this for lunch for three days. And next time, I think I’ll double it. It was that good.
Two more winners. What a delicious Dorie fall it’s been. You can find both recipes in Dorie Greenspan’s Everyday Dorie. The corn is on page 226 and the soup on page 60. You can find reviews from my Cook the Book Friday friends here for the sweet potatoes and here for the soup.
To my US friends, get out and vote! Vote by mail if you can. It’s safer for everyone (voters and election workers). Follow all the instructions to be sure your ballot isn’t disqualified. If a non-USPS dropbox is a reliable option, use it. If your state has a tracking system, follow your ballot to make sure it arrives and gets accepted. Voting is a privilege, and it’s your civic duty to participate. I’ll get off my soapbox now…
P.S. WordPress changed the editor since I last used it in September. WHAT A NIGHTMARE! Any advice for navigating sanely? Ugh.