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Tried and True Cook's Country Recipes

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I was going to post to the ongoing Cook's Illustrated best recipes thread, but it's gotten very long--and even though Cook's Country is part of the ATK family, I wasn't sure I should add this there.

I just made the Penne with Sausage and Broccoli from Cook's Country Skillet Suppers and it was a hit. Very tasty and simple--the pasta is cooked in the sauce and the broccoli is steamed on top of it!

Italian sausage, penne (I used a different pasta), broccoli, red pepper, chicken broth, white wine, cream, parmesan.....

What have you tried and was it a hit or miss?

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  1. I have made their chocolate pound cake a couple of times now. Tastes great and lasts for days. I top it with strawberries and whipped cream for a variation of strawberry shortcake.

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    1. re: klynne

      The lemon pound cake is amazing. Takes a bit of work, but the results are worth it. I'm not surprised that the chocolate is also good,

    2. Perfect Popovers. Definite hit.
      Shaker Lemon Pie. Miss. Bitter and inedible.

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      1. re: Antilope

        I remember staying up late to watch the Ep. with the Shaker Lemon Pie and having a "You're not doing it that way are you" moment when I yelled at the TV. Shaker Lemon Pie makers don't do it Cooks Country way and it doesn't have to be bitter. I've had the real thing, I've used an internet recipe shortly thereafter and made one close to the Pleasant Hill pie, so I think their (CC) way was just wrong. All gushing aside.

        1. re: Antilope

          I haven't done this version, but I have also made a bitter and inedible Shaker Pie. I don't care how long you soak the lemons in sugar, pith is going to be bitter as gall, and not something I ever want to eat!

          1. re: Antilope

            Cornmeal Biscuits. A Hit. But plain cornbread or plain flour biscuits are still better than this recipe.

          2. Their Chili con Carne was excellent. Ditto their Beef Stew. Ditto Sweet Potatoes.

            Chicken Fricassee (sp?) was horrid.

            Cinci Chili--I did not like it, but the family loved it.

            Disclaimer (some of these may be ATK recipes)

            1. Haven't tried theirs, but Orrichette/Broccoli Rabe/Sausage is a staple in my kitchen. I've elevated it to my "Death Row' meal.

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              1. re: njmarshall55

                Here is the recipe for the Penne with Sausage and Broccoli. I love, love, love anything cooked in one skillet/pan!! I'm new to Chowhound, so a little leery about whether I'm following the rules re posting recipes, but I think this is OK because it is already online?


                I halved the recipe because I only wanted 2-3 servings, and substituted vermouth because I didn't have white wine.

                Another fav of mine is the salisbury steak with port.

              2. Rereading the thread reminded me that I did make their oven smoked ribs one time. Came out REALLY good. Not sure if it was CC or ATK, but great recipe.

                1. I received the Chicken Riggies recipe in a weekly America's Test Kitchen email and decided to make it for dinner last night. It was really, really flavorful.

                  Chicken breast chunks are marinated in olive oil and hot cherry pepper brine. Mushrooms and red peppers are lightyly browned and then removed from the pan, and then onions are softened in a little more oil before adding garlic, finely chopped hot cherry peppers and oregano. A can of crushed tomatoes and some heavy cream are added, and then it is simmered for 15 minutes or so to thicken before adding the chicken and reserved veggies. The chicken poaches in the sauce until cooked through, and Kalamata olives and more hot pepper brine are added. To finish, rigatoni that has been cooking while the chicken cooked is added, along with lots of parmesan or romano, to finish.

                  I pretty much made it as written, but used fresh oregano instead of dried and added more cherry pepper brine. I also used less pasta than called for so the dish wasn't dry. Next time I might try grilling the brined chicken instead of poaching it in the sauce. It's a keeper, though.

                  1. They featured a tuna casserole last winter that looked wonderful so I made it and it was. I have always loved tuna casserole (long story) but hubby not so much but this was a winner- potato chips and all but no cream of mushroom soup.