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2012 COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes Worth Repeating

BigSal Dec 1, 2012 06:47 AM

Thanks to everyone that keeps COTM alive. I started COTM with Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen in February 2010 and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the recipes from COTM 2012 that we’d make again. I’d love to see what others would repeat in the hopes of finding a great dish I’ve overlooked.

Here is a list from 2011 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/819939 and something for COTMs prior to 2010 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/660908. Last year’s list helped me discover a couple Ottolenghi recipes I had missed (thanks to Caitlin), the Essential New York Times-Staff Meal Chicken (thanks to qianning) and others that are still on my to-do list.

Essential Pepin:

Tuna steaks with Tapenade Coating
Chicken African Style with Couscous
Glazed Carrots with Olives


Horenso no Ohitashi (Spinach Steeped in Broth
)Negi Miso (Leek Miso)
Enoki no miso-jidaté (Miso Soup with Enoki Mushrooms)
Atsu-Tamago Yaki (Rolled omelet, Tokyo Style)
Dashi Maki Tamago (Rolled omelet, Kansai Style)

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art:

Ichiban Dashi
Yellowtail Teriyaki
Gomuko Meshi
Kinpira Gobo
Tsukimi Udon
Dora-yaki (Sweet Bean Gongs)

The Olive and the Caper:

Avgolemono soup
Chicken Kapama

Cook This Now:

Pasta with Garlic Scapes Pesto, Sugar Snap Peas and Ricotta
Clams with Peas, Pea Shoots, and Israeli Couscous (made with pasta)
Lamb Merguez Burgers with Harissa Mayonaise
Stupendous Hummus

In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite:

I only made a few recipes from this one- no repeaters so far.

Food of Spain:

Salsa de Romesco
Champiñones al Ajillo
Mojo Verde de Cilantro
Dorada a la Sal


Tortilla Española
Pinchintos Morunos

During Spanish month I made quite a few recipes from José Andrés (Made in Spain and Tapas) and found his recipes to be excellent.

The Homesick Texan:

I only made one recipe from the book and it was not a keeper.

Fish Without a Doubt:

Sadly, I did not have much time for this one. I have many recipes bookmarked.

Planet BBQ!:

Tsukune (Again, time got the best of me with this one. I only tried 2 recipes.)

My Calabria:

Friselle con Pomodoro Crudo ( and the olive oil and oregano version)
Sugo di Pomodoro
Paccheri con Pesce Spada e Pomodori Pacchini (Large Pasta Tubes with Swordfish and Cherry Tomatoes)
Riso con Fagioli
Pane Calebrese
Ricotta Fresca
Parmigiana de Melanzane

660 Curries:

Chicken Jalfrezie
Cashew Chicken with Cilantro Sauce
Roghan Josh
Saag Paneer

Union Square and Second Helpings:

I only made a few recipes- no keepers, but have marked a couple of recipes to try.

How to Eat:

(I couldn’t wait until December to try some recipes)

Chicken with Morels
Chicken Liver Crostini
Pea and Garlic Crostini
Roast Pepper with Green Olive Paste Crostini
Gorgonzola with Mascarpone and Marsala Crostini

  1. nomadchowwoman Jan 2, 2013 01:20 PM

    Thanks for this thread, BigSal: it forced me to revisit the 2012 COTM and remind myself of all the recipes I want to make again. It also gave me a perspective on the year; there were whole chunks in which I did very little cooking and then a couple in which I participated heavily in COTM. How much or how little had almost nothing to do with the books themselves, just life as it unfolded here. That said, I think I can say that "Fish Without a Doubt" was my favorite.

    Here's my list:

    --“Essential Pepin”

    Duck Liver Pâté
    Wild Mushroom Toasts
    Cauliflower Soup
    Chicken African-Style
    Tomato and Bread Gratin

    --“The Olive and the Caper”

    Beet Tzatziki
    Lamb wrapped in Filo
    Lemon and Oil Marinade for Fish

    --“Cook This Now”

    Garlic and Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Crispy Drippings Croutons
    Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Fried Eggs and Anchovy Bread Crumbs
    Raw Tuscan Kale Salad with Chiles and Pecorino
    Pomegranate Roasted Carrots

    --“The Food of Spain”

    Shrimp with Garlic (for sheer ease and simplicity)

    --"The Homesick Texan Cookbook"

    Jalapeno Relish

    --"Fish Without a Doubt"

    Chicken-Fried Trout
    Butter-Basted Halibut
    [Trout] Piccata
    Shrimp Fritters
    Red Curry Shrimp
    Mussels with Black Bean Sauce
    Thai-Style Mussels

    --“Planet Barbecue!”

    Shrimp on the Barbie (a slight twist on this old standby made it memorable)

    --“My Calabria”

    Parmigiana di Melanzane

    --“660 Curries”

    Herb-Stuffed Shrimp
    Chicken w/Red Chiles and Coconut Milk
    Lamb Stew with a Spinach Sauce
    Yogurt-Marinated Lamb with Ginger and Garlic
    Lamb w/Yogurt, Cream, and Fenugreek
    Spicy Slow-Cooked Creamy Black Lentils w/Whole Spices
    Tart Red Lentils w/Tomatoes, Lime Juice, and Scallions
    Mango Cardamom Cheesecake with a Pistachio Crust: the crust, especially

    --“Second Helpings”

    Chicken Liver Crostini: my new favorite, replacing the recipe in “Mozza.” I’ve made three batches so far, including one while off spending Thanksgiving w/family in DC area—a hit there too.
    Pappardelle al Sugo di Coniglio: if one likes rabbit, this is worth making. I’m also going to try a variation on this using veal or chicken.

    So little time to cook in November; so many more recipes in “SH” I want to try!

    Sadly, although I bought "How to Eat," I didn't try one recipe--not because I didn't want to, but because I just had no time. I hope to rectify that , but I'm also itching to get into "Jerusalem."

    3 Replies
    1. re: nomadchowwoman
      LulusMom Jan 2, 2013 01:52 PM

      Am i getting this right that you didn't have any make-agains from 150 Best? The two mussel dishes from Fish without a Doubt are definite keepers, aren't they?

      1. re: LulusMom
        nomadchowwoman Jan 2, 2013 02:18 PM

        No, but I realized that that was a 2011 book so I removed it from my list. I actually love the BAR series and a few of my faves are in the "150 Best."

        Loved both those mussels dishes--I couldn't choose between them!

      2. re: nomadchowwoman
        nomadchowwoman Jan 2, 2013 03:26 PM

        I mistakenly wrote in "Cook This Now," but the cookbook I should be referring to is "In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite" (I don't own "CTN.")

      3. JoanN Dec 8, 2012 07:04 AM

        I’m rather shocked to see, as I review the list of this year’s COTMs, how little I participated. Many of these books I’ve never even seen no less cooked from. I was, however, an early adopter of, and very noisy advocate for, “Fish Without a Doubt.” That book is right up there among my all-time favorites and I’ve even given it as a gift--often--not only because I thought the recipient would enjoy it but because I wanted to make certain there was a copy in their home next time I visited.

        Anyway, here’s the list of recipes to which I gave either three or four (out of four) stars:

        Baked Branzino
        Clams Oreganata
        Baked Scallops with Porcini Butter
        Almond Crusted Barramundi
        with Spinach and Pickled Onions
        Broiled Fish Fillets with Compound Butter
        Asian Slaw
        Broiled Fish Fillets with Butter and Herbs
        Clams and Chorizo
        Lobster Roll
        Steamed Black Sea Bass with Sizzling Ginger
        Shrimp Boil
        Salmon Preserved in Oil
        Broiled Flounder with Arugula Pesto
        Broiled Mackerel
        Broiled Bluefish Dijonnaise
        Grilled Shrimp w/ Chili-Cumin Marinade
        Whole Branzino with Charmoula on the Grill
        Tuna [Swordfish] Brochettes with Provençal Marinade
        Grilled Toro Salmon
        Sauteed Char [Steelhead Trout] with Moroccan Spices and Harissa Tomato Sauce
        Butter-Basted Scallops with Green Beans and Chorizo, and Truffle Vinaigrette
        Butter-Basted Salmon with Tea with Mom’s Cucumber Salad and Horseradish Cream
        Fennel Crusted Tuna
        Scallop Cioppino
        Thai Style Mussels
        Tuna Burgers with Harissa Mayonnaise
        German Style Potato Salad
        Tomato Concassé
        Sautéed Mahi Mahi [Salmon] with Beets and Skordalia
        Salmon “Gravy”

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        1. re: JoanN
          Breadcrumbs Dec 8, 2012 07:24 AM

          Joan, thank-you so much for this post. I'm going to print it and put it inside my book. I'm w you, this is such a fabulous book and I appreciate your enthusiasm for it. You've made me a fan. I ordered a copy yesterday to give as a gift to a friend of mine.

          1. re: JoanN
            LulusMom Dec 8, 2012 07:25 AM

            I'd like to heavily, highly second especially the:

            scallops with porcini butter
            Asian slaw
            clams and chorizo
            Thai Style Mussels (and the black bean ones too)

            I'd need to look through the book to get some others, but we are BIG fans of this book.

            1. re: LulusMom
              dkennedy Dec 8, 2012 07:59 AM

              Got to go back and cook more from FWOAD

            2. re: JoanN
              Njchicaa Dec 8, 2012 08:12 AM

              I think you've convinced me to buy this one!

              1. re: JoanN
                Gio Dec 8, 2012 09:41 AM

                Fish Without A Doubt is my go-to cookbook for any type of seafood. Once in a while I do seek other recipes in other books, but all the recipes we've cooked from FWAD have been wonderful... Your list, Joan, is formidable.

                1. re: JoanN
                  BigSal Dec 8, 2012 12:00 PM

                  Thanks so much for this list (and LLM too). I'm going to have to get this book out again and dig into some of these recipes.

                2. w
                  Westminstress Dec 6, 2012 07:38 AM

                  I didn't participate every month, but here's my list from those months that I did:

                  MELISSA CLARK MONTH: this month was a revelation to me. Before this month, I didn't like Melissa Clark too much (based on disappointments from her NYT column). Now I am one of her biggest fans, and Cook This Now easily makes my list of Top 10 Cookbooks and probably is in my Top 5. My favorites from from Cook This Now:

                  Chile Coconut Braised Beef Shortribs
                  Buttery Garlicky Spicy Calamari
                  Frisée Salad with Bacon and Eggs
                  Pasta with Garlic Scapes Pesto, Sugar Snap Peas and Ricotta*
                  Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Avocados and Lime Cilantro Dressing
                  Roasted Blackfish with Olives and Sage*
                  Carroty Mac and Cheese

                  SPANISH MONTH: No repeaters from Claudia Roden, but from Moro:

                  Harissa Roast Chicken
                  Tahini Grilled Chicken and Tahini Sauce
                  Dressed Acelgas
                  Hot Chorizo and Butter Bean Salad*

                  HOMESICK TEXAN: I cooked exclusively from the blog, and two recipes stood out and will be repeated:

                  Salsa Verde with Avocado*

                  MY CALABRIA
                  Sugo di Pomodoro
                  Parmigiana di Melanzana

                  660 CURRIES: I spent most of the month waiting for my library book to come in and only had the chance to try a couple of recipes that I found online. I wouldn't repeat any of them. I've since bought the book though, so I expect to delve into it in the new year.

                  UNION SQUARE CAFE: I only tried one recipe, the Tuscan Beans. They were pretty good. I have a few more recipes marked to try.

                  HOW TO EAT: I've only made one thing so far, the pea purée, but liked it very much and have a long list of recipes to try this month.

                  * = favorite dishes of the year. I tried to be choosy on the MC recipes but honestly could have starred almost all of them (and there are many more I tried and liked but didn't include on this list).

                  Oh, and if I had to single out one dish of the year, it would be the Warm Chorizo and Butter Bean Salad from Moro.

                  1. BigSal Dec 5, 2012 06:14 PM

                    Thanks to everyone for contributing! I can see that have to spend more time with Planet BBQ, Fish Without a Doubt and Melissa Clark's books. My list of recipes to try is getting longer and longer.

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                    1. re: BigSal
                      LulusMom Dec 6, 2012 02:21 AM

                      Even though I didn't mention any F w/o a D recipes, it is one of my favorite books. I cooked a lot from it the first time around and love it. I never got around to getting Planet BBQ. My husband is in charge of the bbq in this house (or just outside this house!), and he was away most of that month.

                      BTW, I'll be making the chicken with morels next week based on your raves. I'm looking forward to it.

                      1. re: LulusMom
                        BigSal Dec 6, 2012 02:26 AM

                        I hope you enjoy it!

                        1. re: BigSal
                          LulusMom Dec 6, 2012 02:33 AM

                          I'm pretty sure we will.

                    2. Breadcrumbs Dec 2, 2012 09:29 AM

                      Big Sal, thanks so much for this thread and the opportunity for thoughtful reflection on meals we’ve enjoyed throughout the year. So many of our favourites were inspired by the enthusiasm and experiences of fellow hounds and I consider myself so fortunate to have the opportunity to continue cooking with all of you. Here are some highlights of a year of cooking at casa bc:

                      ESSENTIAL PEPIN:

                      This month I learned I could count on JP for tasty recipes that work. I cooked from some of his other books in the adjunct thread as well but didn’t consider them for this list. Favourites from EP included:

                      Lentil Barley Soup – for its fabulous flavours and super simple prep
                      Broccoli Velvet Puree – turned mr bc into a broccoli lover

                      JAPANESE MONTH: Unfortunately I didn’t have either book so I took a pass in February which worked out fine since I was travelling a fair bit too.

                      THE OLIVE AND THE CAPER:

                      I do love this book but time was tight and I didn’t cook as much as I’d have liked. Happy to recommend:

                      Tzatziki – my absolute favourite recipe for Tzatziki for years now

                      MELISSA CLARK MONTH:

                      This had to be the month that produced the most mr bc approved meals. I don’t think there was a single dish he didn’t like and so many that he did. Here’s a sampling of recipes we continue to enjoy:

                      COOK THIS NOW:

                      Crispy Roasted Cabbage
                      Shrimp Scampi With Pernod and Fennel Fronds (adding the optional tomatoes takes this from good to great IMHO)
                      Spicy Black Beans with Chorizo and Jalapenos

                      IN THE KITCHEN WITH A GOOD APPETITE:

                      Beef, Bean and Hominy Chili with Cilantro Sour Cream
                      Braised Flanken with Pomegranate
                      Coconut Fish Stew with Basil and Lemongrass
                      My Mother’s Lemon Pot Roast – oh that broth, that delightfully drinkable broth!!!
                      Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Fried Eggs and Anchovy Bread Crumbs
                      Red Lentil Soup with Lemon
                      Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli
                      Shrimp for a Small Kitchen – Aleppo pepper is excellent on this

                      FOOD OF SPAIN:
                      I didn’t love working with this book. A bit huge and daunting and if memory serves, I had some issue w the formatting. We did have some real hits though:

                      Marinated Mushrooms with Lemon
                      White Beans with Clams


                      I didn’t have this book when the COTM started but early positive reviews enticed me and it turned out to be a great addition to my shelf. I love this book. Here are some faves so far:

                      Chickpea Salad
                      Grilled Chicken Wings (Thighs) w Tahini – I always add chili flakes to the marinade

                      HOMESICK TEXAN:

                      After making 13 recipes with only one “big hit” and a number of fails, I packed up my utensils and called it quits early this month. Nonetheless, I did love the:

                      Smokey Tortilla Soup

                      FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT:

                      This stands out for my as my favourite COTM of 2012. I loved reading and learning from this book and RM’s technique of cooking fish on a griddle pan in the oven was new to me and nothing short of a revelation. This old dog learned a new trick and I’ve been using this method ever since. Actually using it tonight to cook steak for mr bc!

                      Basil Butter
                      Barbeque Sauce for Fish – we’re not fans of bbq sauce and I couldn’t imagine it on fish. We loved RM’s version and so have the guests we served it to since then.
                      Broiled Bluefish (Mackerel) Dijonnaise
                      Broiled Halibut Steaks with Basil Butter – the best halibut I’ve ever prepared at home
                      Catfish Sloppy Joes
                      Citrus Broiled Shrimp
                      New England Clam Chowder – the only one we make now
                      Remoulade Salmon on the Grill
                      Tandoori (Trout) Salmon on the Grill – Tzatziki on the side is a must
                      Tuna (Scallop) Brochettes with Provencal Marinade

                      PLANET BBQ:

                      A busy travel month for me so I didn’t have enough time with this book to learn to love it as others did. I made three pretty tasty dishes but nothing I’d put on this list as a favourite of the year.

                      MY CALABRIA:

                      It’s no secret that mr bc and I love Italian food so we were delighted for this COTM. The book didn’t disappoint and I’ll happily continue cooking from it. Here are some highlights:

                      Baked Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini
                      Funghi con Pomodoro – perfect w grilled steak and has been served many times since
                      Lagani e Ceci
                      Parmigiana di Melanzane – Eggplant Parmigiana with Fresh Ricotta – outstanding!
                      Parmigiana di Zucchine – Baked Zucchini Layered with Tomato, Mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano
                      Rigatoni all Pastora – Shepherd’s style Rigatoni w Ricotta and Sausage

                      OCTOBER: 660 CURRIES – I was home for 5 days in total this month and only 2 of them were consecutive. Needless to say, I didn’t spend much time cooking and I had no time w or for this book.

                      UNION SQUARE:

                      I didn’t have the second book but did have some time to spend with the original.

                      Fagioli alla Toscana – the best bean bruschetta we’ve had outside of Florence.
                      Orange Fennel Osso Buco
                      Red oakleaf and Bibb salad with Gruyère, garlic croutons, and Dijon vinaigrette – simply the best salad I’ve made all year.

                      Here’s to many more delicious meals together in 2013!

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                      1. re: Breadcrumbs
                        Breadcrumbs Dec 2, 2012 12:04 PM

                        I also want to make special mention of a dish I made very recently that will stand out as one of the best meals I've made from a cookbook this year. Since the dish is from a past COTM (though admittedly not 2012) I thought I'd add it here jic folks may be interested.

                        The Devil’s Chicken Thighs with Braised Leeks and Dijon Mustard from SUNDAY SUPPERS AT LUCQUES was simply outstanding.


                        1. re: Breadcrumbs
                          blue room Dec 5, 2012 06:35 AM

                          Making this today -- so excited!

                          1. re: blue room
                            dkennedy Dec 6, 2012 07:37 PM

                            This is truly a stand out recipe.

                        2. re: Breadcrumbs
                          angelsmom Dec 2, 2012 01:11 PM

                          What type of lentils do you use in Pepin's lentil barley soup please?

                          1. re: angelsmom
                            Breadcrumbs Dec 2, 2012 01:40 PM

                            Hi angelsmom. During the COTM I made the soup w brown lentils since I find they cook quicker than the French green lentils and at that time, my oven was on the fritz so I had to start the dish atop the stove and finish in my slow cooker. I'll paste a link to my review w photos so you can get a sense of the texture. Since then, I've also made it w the green lentils which I love for their peppery flavour. That soup is looser as the French lentils tend to hold their shape after prolonged cooking I find. Both versions are great and that's one of the reasons I love this recipe.


                            1. re: Breadcrumbs
                              angelsmom Dec 2, 2012 06:01 PM

                              Thanks, as always. I will check it out. I have experience only with green lentils from Ina's recipe.

                        3. q
                          qianning Dec 2, 2012 08:01 AM

                          Great thread, thanks Big Sal.

                          Two books from this year's COTM's made the leap from borrowed from the library to bought my own copy and found space in the kitchen--"Moro" and "Planet BBQ". "Japanese Cooking - A Simple Art" has long lived in the kitchen, but January's COTM really helped me expand my comfort zone with that book. And even the books that went back to the library have yielded several recipes that have seen regular use around here. This is the off the top of my head list of dishes that have already seen multiple repeat performances:

                          Japanese Cooking:
                          -Oh-cha-zuki (the plum pickle version)

                          Into the Kitchen with good Appetite:
                          -Red Lentil Soup

                          Food of Spain:
                          -Roasted Sweet Pepper and Onion Salad

                          -Shrimp Tortilltas, good both for just us with drinks, or as finger food for company, these things are always a hit.
                          -Moorish Kebabs
                          -Endive with Blue Cheese Sauce, good with the recommended Spanish Blue cheese, but also good made with Roquefort.
                          -Grilled Tahini Chicken, & the Tahini Sauce
                          -Grilled Mackerel

                          Fish w/o a doubt:
                          -No recipe, just the cast iron skillet/broiler technique. Excellent for days when the weather won't let me grill.

                          Planet BBQ:
                          -I haven't really "internalized" any recipes yet, but this has become my go-to book for grilling.

                          My Calabria:
                          -The Pork Braciole (haven't repeated it yet, but it is in the back of my mind for sometime this winter)

                          660 Curries:
                          -Chapatti, still can't believe that there's a method that really works!
                          -that green bean & tomato side dish, it fills such a niche in putting together an Indian meal.
                          -I haven't caved an bought this book yet, but it is already back in my hold request lists at the library, and I think I'll probably have to find it a permanent spot in the kitchen sooner or later.

                          Union Square:
                          Alas, November was too crazy for new cookbooks.

                          How to Eat:
                          Hoping December's less crazy than November!

                          OK, this post is already too long, but I am realizing that my names for the dishes are indeed my own inventions, not the published under name.....does anyone else "re"-name dishes or is this my own personal failing?

                          1. jpr54_1 Dec 2, 2012 05:10 AM

                            I keep going back to Rick Bayless' Book Mexico One Plate at a time

                            1. m
                              MelMM Dec 2, 2012 04:33 AM

                              Thanks for posting this. I find the year-end review of COTMs to be very helpful. My participation was not what I had hoped this year due to lots of travel and family issues. But I still managed to come away with some winners to add to my repertoire. Here's my list:

                              In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite:
                              Quick-Braised Chicken with Moroccan Spices, Lemon and Olives
                              Roasted Shrimp with Broccoli

                              The Food of Spain:
                              Marinated Mushrooms with Lemon
                              Chicken and Shrimp with Almond and Chocolate Sauce

                              Roast Chicken with Harissa

                              The Homesick Texan:

                              Planet Barbecue!
                              Ground Lamb Kebobs with Cumin and Mint
                              Beer Marinated Lamb Steaks Grilled over Herbs and Spices
                              Lemongrass and Curry Grilled Chicken Breasts
                              Chicken Brochettes in the Style of Fez
                              Cumin-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Fiery Bolivian Salsa

                              My Calabria:
                              Sugo di Pomodoro
                              Polpette alla Verbicarese
                              Parmigiana di Melanzane
                              Parmigiana di Zucchini

                              1. LulusMom Dec 2, 2012 02:32 AM

                                Thanks for putting this up BigSal, you're amazingly organized. It will take a bit of thinking, but I can say for sure that the Melissa Clark books don't really ever get totally put away now. That roasted shrimp and broccoli is so good; the turkish swordfish, the broccolini with sausages and pasta - all these come to mind as things we've made more than once and will continue making. Must think of it though.

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                                1. re: LulusMom
                                  LulusMom Dec 5, 2012 06:52 AM

                                  More Melissa Clark:

                                  pan bagnat
                                  Dahlia's fragrant chicken fingers
                                  sesame soba salad with roasted shiitakes and tofu croutons
                                  orange and olive salad
                                  scallops with olives, tomatoes and lemon
                                  roasted fish with olives and sage
                                  winter salad with fennel, radicchio, walnuts and manchego
                                  panfried striped bass with anchovy garlic bread crumbs and basil
                                  buttery, garlicky spicy calamari with israeli couscous

                                  All very good, all on the "make again" list and most already made more than once.

                                  1. re: LulusMom
                                    Allegra_K Dec 7, 2012 06:33 AM

                                    After reading so many glowing reports about nearly everything from Melissa Clark month, I regret not being a more active participant for that one....everything you list sounds absolutely wonderful! I must re-visit these books again, pronto.

                                    1. re: Allegra_K
                                      LulusMom Dec 7, 2012 08:19 AM

                                      I hope you enjoy what you make. Looking at the books to make the list made me realize how many I still want to try and how many there are that I want to remake. And I pulled a recipe out of the paper a week or so ago for pasta with brussels sprouts that sounded really good (I know, I know, but it did).

                                      1. re: LulusMom
                                        Westminstress Dec 7, 2012 08:38 PM

                                        I pulled that one too! That and the post-thanksgiving butternut squash muffins.

                                        1. re: Westminstress
                                          LulusMom Dec 8, 2012 02:28 AM

                                          We were out of town for a couple of weeks during the T-giving break and i must have missed the post-thanksgiving muffins. Those sound really good - will look on the Times website and see if I can find them. Might make a nice lunch box addition.

                                          1. re: LulusMom
                                            Westminstress Dec 8, 2012 09:14 AM

                                            I'm making them today, so I'll report back later.

                                            1. re: Westminstress
                                              Westminstress Dec 8, 2012 07:22 PM

                                              And the verdict is ... excellent! I love these. They have a nice wholesome flavor from the whole wheat flour, oats and squash. They are only mildly sweet (which I view as a good thing). The spice level (cinnamon and nutmeg) is perfect - you can taste the spices clearly but they aren't overpowering. There's a lift from the yogurt and lemon zest. But what really elevates them is the chopped candied ginger, a genius little touch. My son liked them a lot, I'm sure Lulu would too.

                                              1. re: Westminstress
                                                LulusMom Dec 9, 2012 02:35 AM

                                                Fantastic - thanks so much for the tip. It'll be something fun for Lulu and me to make together, and she can stick them into her lunchbox or give them to her friends at playdates. Sounds just the thing. Thanks.

                                        2. re: LulusMom
                                          Westminstress Dec 11, 2012 07:30 AM

                                          LLM, we had the brussels sprouts pasta for dinner last night ... Yum! I've been on a real Melissa Clark kick lately but haven't regretted it.

                                          1. re: Westminstress
                                            LulusMom Dec 11, 2012 09:24 AM

                                            Too funny - I have it on my list for next week. Glad to hear it was good! I love pasta recipes that include the vegetable - less clean up.

                                            1. re: Westminstress
                                              LulusMom Dec 21, 2012 03:50 PM

                                              Westminstress, we had the Melissa Clark brussels sprouts pasta for dinner tonight and *loved* it. I doubled the recipe (since we're 3 people and leftovers are quickly taken advantage of around here) and used turkey bacon instead of pancetta. Really really tasty, and perfect on a cold and windy night. This will most definitely be made again.

                                              1. re: LulusMom
                                                Westminstress Dec 21, 2012 08:37 PM

                                                Yay, glad you liked it!

                                    2. m
                                      moreace01 Dec 1, 2012 07:27 PM

                                      Great list!
                                      I would add -
                                      Melissa Clarke - In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite:
                                      - Melissa Clarke's Mother's Thyme Roasted Chicken with Mustard Croutons - I cannot stop making this. The croutons are to die for.
                                      - Kate's Impossibly Fudgy Brownies with Chile and Sea Salt - My go-to brownie recipe.

                                      1. Allegra_K Dec 1, 2012 07:00 PM

                                        Oh boy, where to start! What fun I've had flipping through all the old reviews from the past year. I've found many amazing dishes that have become treasured recipes, used again and again, and still others on my list for repeats-season permitting.

                                        There were two standout months that I had so much fun going through and cooking from:
                                        Japanese Month in particular was such a new and surprising cuisine to me. I loved learning from everyone about this wonderful food, and happily have added many new dishes to my repertoire:
                                        Leek Miso-this is my go-to vegetable dip when I crave something salty and savory. Excellent with celery.
                                        Rice Bowl with Three Color Topping-(in particular the Gingery Ground Chicken)
                                        Five Colored Food with Sushi Rice-especially the rice mixed with the hijiki and carrots....yum!
                                        Spinach Steeped in Broth
                                        Ginger-Stewed Eggplant

                                        Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art
                                        Fried Cod in Broth
                                        Spicy Eggplant
                                        Tea and Rice w/nori and umeboshi (an amalgamation of Andoh and Tsuji's recipes-half dashi/tea broth, with toasted rice patties)

                                        My second favourite month was Planet Barbecue:
                                        Venetian Grilled Shrimp with Sage and Breadcrumbs
                                        Chicken Sates in the Style of Kajang---one of the best of the year!
                                        Coconut-Grilled Corn
                                        Grilled Tofu with Chile-Peanut Sauce

                                        Baba Ghanouj
                                        Spiced Labneh
                                        Flatbread-a super fast and delicious version-only 45 mins rising time is perfect for those must-have-flatbread-now moments
                                        Grilled Sardines

                                        In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite
                                        Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-I make this all the time when I don't know what else to make. A great fall-back!

                                        Beef Kapama-The Olive and The Caper

                                        My Calabria-Quick Tomato Sauce and Parmigiana Di Zucchine

                                        660 Curries-Fenugreek-Scented Cheese with Cream, Pan-Fried Cheese with Green Peas, Half-Moon Potatoes with Fenugreek

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                                          blinknoodle Dec 1, 2012 05:41 PM

                                          Nice list.

                                          My suggestion:

                                          Cook This Now:
                                          Fragrant Lentil Rice Soup with Spinach and Caramelized Onions

                                          660 Curies:
                                          Sesame-Flavoured Blend with Peanuts and Coconut (Maharashtrian Garam Masala)
                                          Cumin-Scented Pigeon Peas with Mango
                                          Plantains and Cabbage with Pigeon Peas
                                          Chickpeas with Mango Powder

                                          Silken Tofu Topped With Enoki Mushrooms (Tofu no enoki an kake)


                                          1. The Dairy Queen Dec 1, 2012 07:57 AM

                                            Thanks BigSal. I'm laughing at the recipes you've already tried from HTE, since it's been the COTM for scarcely 10 hours. If my entire household weren't sick for the 3rd week running, I might be right there with you:

                                            From FWAD, we really like the Catfish Sloppy Joes

                                            Not from Homesick Texan the book, but from her website, Texas Pulled Pork http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2010/05/texas-pulled-pork-oven-recipe.html

                                            from ITKWAGA:
                                            Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp

                                            (P.S. I'm shocked that I have anything to contribute since I've been such a COTM slacker).


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                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                              BigSal Dec 1, 2012 08:58 AM

                                              I hope everyone is feeling better soon.

                                            2. blue room Dec 1, 2012 07:36 AM

                                              Thank you, BigSal -- or I should say BigOrganizedSal.
                                              The pea & garlic crostini is on my list, but it looks like you had an all-crostini party!

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                                              1. re: blue room
                                                BigSal Dec 1, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                We had crostini instead of dinner for a few nights. :)

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