Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fantastic, delicious, fantastic, delicious

Every time I sit down to write a post I think of all the dishes I need to describe to bring the blog up to date and decide not to write a post after all. It's hard to describe food without using the same fluffy adjectives again and again and again and sometimes I just can't bear to type "fantastic" or "delicious" one more time and I also can't think of alternatives.

But I've drunk a lot of coffee and am prepared to get this out of the way so I can start with a clean slate tomorrow. Here's what I've cooked from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook since last I wrote and here's what we thought:

red wine velvet cake. Fantastic. Delicious. Coconutty, though it contains no coconut. I don't know why this cake works so beautifully, but it does. Oddly, the recipe Oprah printed is not the same recipe that appears in the book. This is very close, if not identical. You should make it.

gooey cinnamon squares. Yuck. Not fantastic. I must have made a mistake, because they were inedibly sweet and didn't look like the squares in the picture here.
too gooey

broccoli slaw. Delicious. Second time I've made this crunchy salad and I loved it even more than the first. It's my favorite recipe in the book.

blue cheese and black pepper gougeres. Second time for these and again they were flat rather than puffy as gougeres should be. Recipe is here. It appears that the gougeres puff nicely for other cooks, so maybe you should give them a try because the flavor is both delicious and fantastic.

sad little gougeres 
eggplant calzone with three cheeses. Fantastic. I can't find the recipe online and I don't have the book with me.

Now I'm all caught up and it really wasn't that hard.


  1. I'm glad you're back! I checked this cookbook out at the library to see how I felt about it. Many of the recipes look good, but for some reason I am not motivated to try them. Perhaps it is that so many of them look so familiar with just a small twist.

  2. My favorite way to eat broccoli is to first steam it lightly in the microwave and then grill it until it gets some charred bits on it. Delicious! :)

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  4. You get the most bizarre spam. I'm really glad to read this review, since I got this cookbook (along with three others) as a Christmas present but have not yet been motivated to try anything from it--even though I just found that very broc.slaw recipe in my email inbox, which you'd think I'd take as a sign. This review is now the sign. I will try the slaw, and maybe the cake too!

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