Vegetable Harvest: Recipe Discussion and Planning, Links, and Previous Picks and Pans
September 2007 Cookbook of the Month. Use this thread to make general comments about Vegetable Harvest by Patricia Wells, discuss which recipes you are planning to try, and to post short reviews of recipes you may have already tried. This thread is also the place to post links to recipes that are available online. Full length recipe reviews should be posted in the appropriate section thread, which you can find here:
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I love Patricia Wells' other cookbooks, so I was excited to buy this one. About halfway through the book, I realized that this is a diet cookbook! Well, sort of. On the plus side, the recipes sound awfully good for the most part. (After all, I didn't even notice the calorie counts on each page until I had read much of the book.) On the minus side, I doubt I will be making any of the desserts. But maybe I will have to try one of the cakes just to see if it could possibly be any good. Another surprise was that several recipes don't actually call for vegetables, although they do call for fresh herbs. I knew it wasn't a vegetarian cookbook, but thought that vegetables or fruits would be part of every recipe. Still, I look forward to cooking.
re: Anya L
The protein dishes that I've tried so far have all incorporated vegetables in some fashion, but I've noticed that the recipes call for rather small amounts of protein per person - 4oz of salmon, 1 oz of crabmeat, 4-6 oz of duck breast. May well be in line with nutritional guidelines, but my husband certainly doesn't agree, so I've been making the full recipe for the two of us, with some leftovers! Haven't looked at the desserts yet.
I asked the mods to sub this in for my earlier post – I put the recipes within the categories of the threads started by JoanN (and for good measure, they are in the order that they are in in the book!).
APPETIZERS, STARTERS, AND FIRST COURSES, AND SALADS, AND SOUPS:
Smoked Salmon With Dill-Mustard Sauce- http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468.shtml
Spicy Polenta-Cheese Crackers - http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/spicy-polentacheese-crackers-recipe.html
Tomato and Strawberry Gazpacho - http://www.sptimes.com/2007/07/25/Food/Serving_veggies_even_.shtml
Beet Tartare with Capers, Mustard and Shallots - http://www.dailypress.com/features/dp-taste_cookbook_0822aug22,0,3051623.column
Chickpea and Basil puree - http://www.kqed.org/weblog/food/2007/06/patricia-wells-
Heirloom Tomato Salad - http://saraskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/08/frederic-antons-heirloom-tomato-salad.html
Cherry Tomato & Black Olive Salad - http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/foodwine/2003847098_cherry22.html
Spring Onion, Tomato, Avocado, And Basil Salad With Basil-Lemon Dressing - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468.shtml
Minted Jerusalem Artichoke Salad With Mache - http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lifestyle/recipes.nsf/0/1ed28081801cfd658625733d007c0639?OpenDocument&Click=
Marinated Heirloom Tomato Soup - http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/recipes/light_tomatosoup.shtml
Heirloom Tomato Broth with Tarragon - http://www.nextreads.com/display2.aspx?recid=105230&FC=1
Chunky Corn Soup with Cilantro and Smoked Spanish Paprika - http://kitchenography.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/07/download-patric.html
Guy Savoy's tomato coulis with asparagus & mint - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070606.wxlwells06/BNStory/lifeFoodWine/
FISH AND SHELLFISH:
Celeriac Salad With Fresh Crabmeat and Creamy Lemon-Chive Dressing - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/magazine/22food.t.html?ex=1334894400&en=fb12643e80552b86&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
Mussels with Chorizo and Cilantro - http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/chi-mussels_29aug29,1,5285637.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
Mussels with Swiss Chard and Saffron Cream - http://www.sptimes.com/2007/06/13/news_pf/Food/Keep_this_cookbook_cl.shtml
Salmon wrapped in spinach leaves - http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070605/FEATURES12/706050304/1026/FEATURES12
Sardines In Parchment With Tomatoes And Onions- http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468_page2.shtml
Seared Baby Squid with Parsley and Garlic - http://www.nextreads.com/display2.aspx?recid=105230&FC=1
POULTRY AND MEATS:
Chicken Breasts with Mint, Capers, and White Wine - http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2007/08/cook-the-book-chicken-breasts.html
Pork Sausage with Potatoes and Red Wine Vinaigrette
(adapted from Vegetable Harvest by Patricia Wells) - http://chezrecipes.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_archive.html
PASTA, RICE, BEANS, AND GRAINS:
Spaghetti With Green Olives, Garlic, And Fresh Mint - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468_page2.shtml
Pea and Mint Risotto - http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pea-and-mint-risotto
Creamy Polenta Wedges - http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,ss6-242-303--11094-2-1X2X3-4,00.html
Couscous Salad With Spinach, Parsley and Spring Onions - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/dining/062mrex.html?ex=1188878400&en=602954e8e88badde&ei=5070
VEGETABLES AND POTATOES:
Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and Bay Leaves - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10625149
Broccoli Puree With A Hint Of Mint - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468_page2.shtml
Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cream - http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=38271&sc=3025
Eggplant and Tomatoes from the Velleron Market - http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=38271&sc=3025
Steamed Eggplant With Buttermilk-Thyme DRESSING - http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=5721&Section=NUTRITION
Zucchini Carpaccio with Avocado, Lemon Thyme and Pistachio oil - http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=598646
EGGS, CHEESE, AND FRIENDS:
Almond and Buttermilk Sorbet - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/dining/064mrex.html?ex=1188878400&en=cbefe6d98e826fcf&ei=5070
Rhubarb-Berry Compote In Grenadine - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468_page2.shtml
Seasonal Fruits Roasted With Honey-Lemon Sauce And Fresh Lemon Verbena - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468_page2.shtml
Sheep's Milk Yogurt Sorbet - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/earlyshow/living/recipes/main2861468_page2.shtml
Creamy Lemon-Chive Dressing - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/dining/063mrex.html?ex=1188878400&en=7946eae202804985&ei=5070
Chunky Fresh tomato sauce - http://flavorsofkentucky.wordpress.com/2007/07/13/fresh-basil-recipes/
Some other Wells vegetable recipes – not in the book:
I actually had no intention of buying this book - just because I'm awash in books these days (cookbooks and non cookbooks) - but after seeing some of those recipes, went ahead and bought it before heading to the farmer's market this morning. Lots of lovely sounding recipes, and most seem pretty straight forward, with more restrained ingredient lists, than say, Lucques - much as I love it. Interesting combinations of ingredients with vegetables, and many that I want to try. I only wish there were photos of the dishes, rather than the raw ingredients.
Dishes I'll probably make this weekend:
Cherry Tomato and Black Olive Salad (I have olives that need to be used up)
Chunky Corn Soup with Cilantro and Smoked Spanish Paprika
Celeriac Salad with Fresh Crabmeat - bought a knob of celery root at the farmer's market last weekend, and convinced the fish monger to sell me 1/2 a pound of crab meet by breaking up a 1 pound container.
Chilled Beet Gazpacho - beets also from last weekend, like the idea of sherry vinegar in this.
Seared Duck Breast with Espellete Pepper Jelly (in truth, I won't make the jelly, but have some lovely pepper jellies from the farmer's market, and some duck breasts I bought there last weekend, and I'd like to try her technique - I've only cooked duck a couple of times.)
Salmon Wrapped in Spinach Leaves with Caper, Lemon and Olive Sauce - couldn't find large spinach leaves, so bought Swiss Chard - we'll see how that goes.
Hmmm ... I think that will take me past this weekend ....