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Cookbook of Month of MAY: FLEXITARIAN TABLE

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Author Peter Berley organizes The Flexitarian Table by menus for the 4 seasons. The point of his book is to make it easier for folks to serve dinners for vegetarians and carnivores together without going to great lengths and trouble. Each menu contains a meat/fish main dish and a vegetarian main dish as well as sides and salads. Making loads of categories makes it cumbersome for posters to search through all the threads for the appropriate one. Thanks to MMRuth and The Dairy Queen for suggestions. Here’s the set up for May COTM postings

General discussion of the whole idea of the book, the recipes, etc. and comments can be posted here.

I think it’s interesting to have both categories (meat and veg) together so folks can compare the meat/non-meat recipes without having to jump back and forth among threads.

MAY COTM Flexitarian Table SPRING MEAT and VEG MAINS
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51482...

MAY COTM Flexitarian Table SUMMER MEAT and VEG MAINS
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51482...

MAY COTM Flexitarian Table Fall MEAT and VEG MAINS
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51482...

MAY COTM Flexitarian Table Winter MEAT and VEG MAINS
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/514827

MAY COTM Flexitarian Table SIDE DISHES (all seasons
)http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51482...

MAY COTM Flexitarian Table SALADS (all seasons
)http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51483...

Below are some recipe links posted by The Dairy Queen, and many, many thanks to her.

And, of course, beetlebug’s outstanding “Flexitarian Table- cookbook report” thread
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/434103

PeterBerley.com—recipe of the month
http://peterberley.com/recipe.php
(This month it’s Giant Seitan/Lamb Turnovers).

Culinate review with recipe links:
http://www.culinate.com/columns/kitch...
Pan-Seared Rosemary Duck Breasts/Tofu
Teriyaki-Style Burdock, Carrots, and Leeks
Soba with Garlicky Spinach and Sesame Oil

Global gourmet with recipe links:
http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/coo...
Fall Menu
Roasted Squash Potage with Spiced Crème Fraîche
Sautéed Escarole with Red Pepper Garlic
Baked Fish/Ricotta Dumplings over French Lentils

The Daily Green—various blog posts by Peter Berley—some with recipe links
http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-...
Crudites with Pumpkin Sage Pate – Vegan
Cauliflower-Leek Soup with Nut Brown Butter and Toasted Hazelnuts – Vegan/Vegetarian
Cranberry Orange Compote with Port Wine – Vegan
Maple and Spice-Brined Turkey - Omnivist
Easy Pan Gravy - Omnivist
Baked Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffing – Vegan
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Prunes with Crispy Heirloom Bacon Garnish – Vegan/Omnivist
Smashed Potatoes with Parnips and Turnips – Lacto-ovo Vegetarian/Vegan
Apple Cranberry Crumble – Vegan
Pumpkin Pecan Tart – Vegan
http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-...
Spicy Red Pepper Soup with Goat Cheese and Chives
Leek and Potato Torta

Boston Globe review with recipe link:
http://www.boston.com/ae/food/article...
Crispy pressed chicken/tofu with garlic and mint

Dan’s Hamptons review with recipes:
http://www.danshamptons.com/content/d...
Cucumber Lime Raita
Lentil and Rhubarb Curry

Busy Mom’s Recipes Bookstore
http://astore.amazon.com/busymomsrec0...
Summer
Seafood/Tofu Ceviche with Quick-Pickled Red Onion
Zucchini-Rice Soup with Basil and Parmesan

The Jew & The Carrot blog with a post by Peter Berley
http://jcarrot.org/a-bone-warming-win...
Creamy Root Soup with Honey-Crisped Walnuts
Sauerkraut with Smoked Whitefish or Fried Tempeh, Green Apples, and Onions

Lee’s Summit journal interview/review—includes some strategies by Peter Berley
Grilled shrimp in harissa
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:...

Dallas Morning News http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedconte...
SUMMER VEGETABLE SIMMER
CRISPY PRESSED CHICKEN or TOFU WITH GARLIC AND MINT

St. Petersburg Times
http://blogs.tampabay.com/food/2007/0...
Portobello Mushrooms or Steak with Bread Crumb Salsa

Next NC—includes some of Berley’s strategies:
http://www.nextnc.com/content/view/16...
GRILLED SHRIMP IN HARISSA
FRESH CORN POLENTA WITH SAUTEED CHERRY TOMATOES
GRILLED ZUCCHINI WITH MINT OIL

Mail Tribune review with recipe links:
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs....
Crispy Pressed Chicken and Tofu with Garlic and Mint
Shaved Spring Vegetable and Apple Salad
Almond Shortbread Cookies
Roasted Cherries in Red Wine
Creamy Risotto-style Brown Rice with Spring Greens and Asiago

Seacoast Online
http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pb...
GRILLED ZUCCHINI WITH MINT OIL

Serious Eats Blog (actually, this recipe’s from Fresh Food Fast).
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...
Carrot Mint Salad with Currants

Kymmco
http://www.kymmco.com/recipe.php?id=6...
Winter Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese Crostin

Cooking Light
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...
Butternut Squash Spread with Pepitas

Book Excerpt Houghton Mifflin
http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/c...
Summer
MENU 6
Seafood/Tofu Ceviche with Quick-Pickled Red Onion
Zucchini-Rice Soup with Basil and Parmesan

Summer
MENU 10
Pepper Soup with Goat Cheese
and Chives
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Spiced Lamb Croquettes
Falafel
Two Traditional Sauces: Hot Sauce (Zhoug) and Sesame Tahini Sauce
Cucumber, Red Onion, and Tomato Salad

~TDQ

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  1. Thank you oakjoan! For those of you following along "online" and need to know which recipes are for which season so you know which thread to post in, here's a post where I provide all the recipe links noted above, but by season.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51106...

    ~TDQ

    1. Is this a bizarre coincidence:

      http://www.bookpage.com/0709bp/nonfic...

      4 Replies
      1. re: MMRuth

        Fantastic, if a little eerie.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I suspect not.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Wow, Weird. Does this mean we should cook from Harry Potter next? ;-).

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Just got back from Portland, OR and saw this weird post about "our" 3 books. ooooooooEEEEEEEEEEEEEoooooooooooooo!

          2. Although I have only made 1 recipe (see winter recipes) so far, I was SO excited to find this cookbook as it is the perfect fit for me because:

            *I am a vegaquarian/pescatarian (I eat seafood & veggies but don't eat beef, chicken, pork, etc..).
            *I rarely make desserts at home

            It's like it was made for me! Also, the seasonal sections make things easier. I hope to just pick recipes from the current season & head to the farmers market for the ingredients. Off to scan Spring recipes....