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Dec 1, 2012 06:47 AM

2012 COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes Worth Repeating

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 and something for COTMs prior to 2010 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

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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

      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

        I hope everyone is feeling better soon.

      2. 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. 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

          1. 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.