Vegeterian Cooking For Everyone - Favorite recipes?
I'm new to this board - and somewhat new to cooking - but am looking for some help here and thought I'd give it a shot. I just picked up this cookbook and am excited to try it out but find its depth and breadth somewhat intimidating! I am a weekday night type of cook looking to broaden my range - where should I start/what are some of you fellow hounders favorites???
Welcome! I don't know if you've been following the Cookbook of the Month "COTM" threads (they are the ones "stickied" to the top of the home cooking board) but I'm hoping this cookbook becomes the COTM for June or July once all the farmers markets start churning out produce. If you're interested, you may wish to keep an eye out for the COTM "nomination" and "voting" threads and vote for this book when the time comes.
In the meantime, I would love to hear about any adventures you have cooking from this book.
Here's another thread on a similar topic that got a couple recommendations you might find helpful. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/47640...
So far (I'm so embarrassed), I've only made the corn tortillas from this book. Very good. Must be eaten immediately--no point in attempting to reheat them... I've also used it for reference, but that doesn't help you much, I'm sure...
Also, I'm pretty new to cooking, too. I do recommend participating in the COTM as you get a lot of insight from posters who are phenomenal (based on their descriptions and photos) veteran, passionate cooks. The more the merrier.
re: The Dairy Queen
TDQ - corn tortillas actually do reheat well, if they are steamed. I actually freeze ours (which I admittedly buy from a local tortilla shop, because they taste better than the masa harina ones and cheap). I defrost/warm in a toaster over, which in reality steams them.
For this book I love the pear clafouti that is topped with a crisp topping. I can't recall the name, but it is good. I have made many recipes from the book, but I don't follow recipes well - I tend to improvise a lot, so I can't say whether the successes or utter failures were the recipe or me : ).
There was an egg and cottage cheese and spinach dish I remember liking a lot. Haven't been too impressed with the Indian inspired dishes - prefer World Vegetarian for those.
I've only had this book for a few weeks but here are a few of the things I've made:
-pierogis (I used whole wheat flour and added some minced dill to the potatoes) These were delicious, and my husband thought I was a genius.
-the easy french bread (I baked it in an ikea stock pot with lid like the no knead)
-pad thai (have made 2x in past week, but w more veg and no tofu. I think I need a wider pot or should make 1/4 portion as sometimes it is too liquidy and doesnt get that delicious crustiness )
-brown sugar cookies with sea salt (I didnt have any butter, so I tried to make them w olive oil. They had a nice flavour but were unpresentably crumbly. I ended up using them as the crumble topping for some fruit, and it was delicious.)
The simplest bean burgers- good but not exceptional
I read this book every morning over breakfast. Generally, my only complaint has been that he assumes you have a food processor. I also usually cut down on the amount of oil that he suggests using.
Well I started out with the cauliflower, potato, spinach stir-fry. I often find adjusting recipe amounts while cooking for one difficult, and this was no exception. I definitely should have thrown in extra spinach - it was somewhat overwhelmed by the potato and cauliflower. On the brighter side, I loved how the dish looked (yay for neon yellow and tumeric!) - and found it relatively easy to prepare. Didn't have chiles, so substituted a garlic chili paste, which seemed to work just fine. Overall, I felt like it was a good start, but I couldn't get over my naggign suspicion that it would have tasted that much better with a little meat thrown iN! Since I'm not actually vegetarian (just trying to broaden my repetoire), may do that next time!
There is a beet salad recipe in there that is one of my favorites (it has cilantro and lemon zest and green onion, and I don't remember what else at the moment--note to self: time to use up the beets in the fridge!)
Also, her savory galette recipes are to die for, and they are simple enough that with a little planning they can be a company-worthy week night meal with a green salad. We used to have weekly Friday night dinner with some friends and the galettes out of this book appeared often.
The sauce section in the front is a terrific reference if, say, you have a stack of veggies and think you'd just like to cook them simply and have them with a whole grain for dinner. Or, make peanut noodles. Or whatever.
There is a recipe for a chick pea stew with Romesco sauce that people beg for when I make it (the recipe and the stew).
I am also partial to the "nibbles" section in the front (I don't remember the real name of it)--great ways to dress up nuts or make little things for guests to munch on while you are putting the finishing touches on the galette :-)