I've always loved homemade cream of mushroom soup, but until recently, I never had the urge to make it myself. This recipe is very easy, but uses some ingredients that you may not wish to share with the kids who still think the canned stuff is better! Dried porcinis and white truffle oil really give this soup its wonderful flavor and aroma. Add some fresh mushrooms if you'd like, but this is great with just the dried. In my kitchen, I use a combination of dried porcini and dried chantarelle.
Prep time includes soaking the mushrooms.
From A Taste of Switzerland. A creamy cheese and radish salad, offset by a sharp, mustardy dressing. The author suggests serving this with boiled potatoes. If you can't find Tilsiter cheese, try Appenzeller, Vacherin, or Gruyere.
Adapted from Cooking Light- September 2009. The original called for trout, but I often can't find it here, so I made this with Rockfish. I think any flaky white fish would work fine. I served this with orzo, to catch the sauce, but rice would work equally well.
Adapted from Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by Karen Putman. This is my favorite rub to put on anything that I plan to cook over fire. I just love the sweet, smoky flavor- it adds to what you're cooking, rather than overpowering the natural flavor of the food. The author also uses jalapeno pepper powder in this, but I've never been able to find it, so I've left it out.
There are lots of chow mein recipes out there, but this is how I like to make it. It reminds me of fast food chow mein, but it's not nearly as greasy. I call for chicken here, but use whatever protein you like- or none at all!
From Food & Wine, Oct 2011. I haven't tried this yet- posting for safekeeping. The author specifies drumsticks for this recipe, but I think thighs would work equally well, just adjust the cooking time slightly. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the sauce.
This sauce is commonly served in Swedish households with boiled beef and potatoes, but would also be wonderful with roast beef or steak. NOTE: do not cook the sauce any farther once you add the horseradish- it will become bitter!
Lamb makes a wonderful burger. The natural flavors of the meat are complimented in this version by the spices, giving this a middle eastern feel. I like to serve these with recipe #461721 (see recipe 461721), but if you don't want to make the spread, top your burger with crumbled feta and whatever of the options below float your boat! I've written this to make 4 oz burgers, if you like yours larger, scale the recipe up to suit your appetite. Adapted from "Emeril at the Grill".
I adapted this recipe from a book called Pure Poultry. I wanted a soup that was hearty, yet still felt fairly light. This really fit the bill. The pesto really adds to the flavor of the final dish, so I highly recommend using it. Serve with a loaf of italian bread to soak up the remaining broth. If you have homemade chicken stock, use it here- the flavor really comes through. When you are prepping your ingredients, remember to cut them in small pieces, so they will fit on your spoon.
Adapted from Steve Raichlen's The Barbecue! Bible. This is a quick, easy marinade that makes an amazing grilled steak. The key to making this REALLY fast is to use a thin cut steak and only cook it for a couple of minutes on each side. I serve with grilled vegetables and rice for a complete meal. Prep time includes 30 minutes of marinating in the fridge.
This is one of those recipes that was born of the need to use up a bit of this and a bit of that, but suprisingly, it was a great combination! The measurements are flexible, so feel free to adjust as you wish. If you don't have shallot in your fridge, use red onion.
This is from Tyler's Ultimate. I love pate, but I'm the only one in the house who will eat it, so up until now, I've never made it myself. This recipe looked so approachable for a normal home cook, that I decided I could do it. I hope you will too! Prep time is hands-on time, Cooking time is chilling in the fridge.
From Food & Wine, March 2008- This is very easy to make, and yummy! If you like spicier food, use either a spicy italian sausage, or try adding some pepper flakes with the onions and garlic. I would recommend chopping the artichokes a little more finely, I found them to be too chunky as the recipe is written.
From The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. You may use short, medium, or long grain brown rice in this dish. The authors call for a 6 cup rice cooker, but I've had no problem using a 3 cup model. Cook time includes resting time after the cycle finishes.