In Good Company – Corbin Tomaszeski

Corbin Tomaszeski was raised on a farm outside of Edmonton, Alberta where one of his earliest memories is the smell of baking bread in his grandmother’s kitchen. With nearly three decades of culinary experience, he has worked at some of the world’s largest hotels and was the host of several Food Network shows. When not working or volunteering for charities, he spends time with his wife and three sons at their home in Toronto.

In Good Company: Easy Recipes for Everyday Gatherings, his debut cookbook, he celebrates his philosophy of food, fun, and family. Filled with approachable dishes and beautiful photographs, this book is definitely a keeper. These are dishes we as cooks would love to share with family and friends. Who wouldn’t love Mini Dutch babies, Hazelnut s’more and banana pancakes, Baba’s pierogi, Potato and corn chowder with smoked paprika and puffed wild rice, or Banana and dark chocolate bread pudding? For special occasions, we have recipes for Fennel and pistachio crusted lamb rack or Cedar-planked pork tenderloin with pineapple and onion relish. Elevated comfort food that is sure to impress guests and please our family at the same time is the best way to describe the recipes here. 

I particularly love the trio variations that the chef provides for some recipes such as the Cookie whoopie pies below or Ploughman’s lunch three ways, Stress-free meals three ways and so forth. Corbin finds the perfect balance of elegant meets homespun fare and I am excited to start cooking from In Good Company.

Thanks to Figure1 for providing me with a copy of this book for review and for sharing this the fun recipe below with our members. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter our giveaway open to US and Canada. Update 5/31/2018 for a look inside this cookbook check out our EYB Book Preview.

Cookie whoopie pie
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Traditionally, whoopie pies are made by sandwiching a meringue-style frosting between two soft, cake-like cookies. My version is more like an ice-cream sandwich made with highly addictive cookies. This may be an unconventional dinner party dish, but trust me, nothing lights up people’s eyes quite like cookie sandwiches.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup Oreo cookie crumbs

Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Add oatmeal, chocolate chips, and pecans and beat until just combined.

Scoop 8 large balls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Using a fork, gently flatten the cookie dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.

To serve, scoop 1/2 cup ice cream onto the flat side of four cookies. Top with another cookie and roll each sandwich in the cookie crumbs.

Variation 1: Cookie Whoopie Pie with Toffee and Dried Cherries

Replace the nuts with dried cherries and replace the chocolate chips with crumbled toffee.

Variation 2: Cookie Whoopie Pie with Cream Cheese and Orange

Replace the ice cream with 1 cup whipped cream cheese mixed with 1 Tbsp icing sugar and 1/2 an orange zested.

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99 Comments

  • catmommy9  on  May 15, 2018

    Black bean, lentil, and beef soup with cheddar and corn

  • lauriesk  on  May 15, 2018

    I would try the Mini Dutch babies with stewed raspberries

  • jmay42066  on  May 15, 2018

    Breakfast tostadas with bacon, black beans and pico de gallo

  • JMelnick  on  May 15, 2018

    Kasha pierogi sounds delicious!

  • rchesser  on  May 15, 2018

    Peanut butter, chocolate chip, and banana pancakes.

  • stef  on  May 15, 2018

    Bacon and cheddar pidrogies

  • Kristjudy  on  May 15, 2018

    Whoopie pie

  • stef  on  May 15, 2018

    Bacon and cheddar pierogies

  • heyjude  on  May 15, 2018

    Mushroom – Crusted Pork Tenderloin

  • ravensfan  on  May 15, 2018

    Waffle iron French toast

  • JulieQC  on  May 15, 2018

    Waffled crepes suzette !

  • marsmomma  on  May 15, 2018

    Mini Dutch babies with stewed raspberries

  • Steben  on  May 15, 2018

    Roasted red pepper and sweet potato soup with grilled halloumi

  • Zosia  on  May 15, 2018

    Cedar-planked pork tenderloin with tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro relish

  • Cati  on  May 16, 2018

    Some odd instructons in this book.For example, page 126 Crisp Trout has full page illustration of finished dish with a beautiful whole trout. but instructions are for filleted trout.
    Page 143 Miso, sake glazed Japanese eggplant. After cooking the eggplant (which has been halved lengthwise) you put it cut side down on baking sheet, and spread the miso mix over. Wouldn' it be better to spread the
    miso mix on the eggplant with the cut side up.

  • FireRunner2379  on  May 16, 2018

    I'd like to try the Waffle iron crêpe Suzette and the Butter pecan butternut squash.

  • JRumi  on  May 16, 2018

    Mushroom crusted pork tenderloin

  • terrily01  on  May 16, 2018

    Peanut butter, chocolate chip and banana pancakes. 🙂

  • mcrimmins  on  May 16, 2018

    Bacon and cheddar pierogies

  • sarahawker  on  May 16, 2018

    Chicken soup with Israeli couscous

  • mreils  on  May 16, 2018

    Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding

  • southerncooker  on  May 16, 2018

    Interested in seein what's in the breakfast salads. Saw several recipes I'd try including one of the Bubble and squeaks.

  • kmn4  on  May 16, 2018

    Curried ham and potato chowder with puffed wild rice

  • matag  on  May 16, 2018

    Gnocchi with sausage, spinach, and blue cheese

  • janv  on  May 16, 2018

    Breakfast tostadas with bacon, black beans and pico de gallo

  • sgump  on  May 16, 2018

    The brûléed blueberry oatmeal sounds nice!

  • Faith1  on  May 16, 2018

    sweet potatoes, onion, dill and caraway…favourite ingredients…pg 140..how coukd it possibly not be good

  • koolMoD  on  May 16, 2018

    Osso buco with gremolata

  • contest718  on  May 16, 2018

    Hazelnut s'more and banana pancakes

  • lpatterson412  on  May 16, 2018

    Watermelon and raspberry lemonade!!

  • ktwalla  on  May 16, 2018

    Breakfast Tostadas

  • Redlizzy1  on  May 16, 2018

    Banana and Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding please and thank you.

  • deedeegar  on  May 16, 2018

    Breakfast tostadas with black beans and pico de gallo would be a recipe we would enjoy.

  • julielaura  on  May 17, 2018

    Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding sounds yummy

  • lgroom  on  May 17, 2018

    Mushroom crusted pork tenderloin

  • rivergait  on  May 17, 2018

    Whoa! I didn't get very far. I pick the first (and second) listed recipes, Breakfast Salads 1 and 2.

  • floridagld  on  May 17, 2018

    Cedar-planked pork tenderloin with pineapple and onion relish

  • ebs  on  May 17, 2018

    Curried rice salad wit currants and cashews

  • MiMi60  on  May 17, 2018

    Farmhouse bubble and squeak with smoked salmon

  • infotrop  on  May 18, 2018

    Gluten-free lettuce wraps sounds healthy, pretty & tasty

  • LaurenE  on  May 18, 2018

    Bacon and cheddar pierogies

  • Bwalker  on  May 18, 2018

    My 1st choice of a recipe would be cedar planked salmon & shrimp. I love the combinations of flavors.

  • t.t  on  May 19, 2018

    Spicy crunchy chickpeas with chutney and chana fritters

  • Siegal  on  May 19, 2018

    I want to make Whoopi’s pie

  • Dannausc  on  May 19, 2018

    Breakfast pizza

  • ket06e  on  May 21, 2018

    Stuffed squash with spiced lentils and chickpeas

  • SarahGelle  on  May 21, 2018

    I can't wait to make the baked piri piri wings

  • mpdeb98  on  May 21, 2018

    Roasted sweet potatoes with onion, dill, and caraway seeds

  • RNJessicaK  on  May 23, 2018

    Chocolate Creme Brulee

  • eatysmith  on  May 23, 2018

    "Which recipe in the index of this book would you like to try first?" Zucchini and quinoa muffins!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  May 24, 2018

    I want to make the Hazelnut s'more and banana pancakes.

  • Jbolze  on  May 25, 2018

    Chocolate Creme Brulee is calling my name!

  • EmilyR  on  May 26, 2018

    Breakfast pizza

  • mph993  on  May 27, 2018

    Mint pea soup with crème fraîche and bacon brittle

  • BMeyer  on  May 27, 2018

    whoopie pie

  • antpantsii  on  May 27, 2018

    Farmhouse mason jar soup

  • clairew137  on  May 28, 2018

    Breakfast pizza

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  May 28, 2018

    breakfast tostadas with bacon, black beans and pico de gallo found on page 29

  • madelainelc  on  May 29, 2018

    mini dutch babies for sure.

  • riley  on  May 30, 2018

    Peaches and cream bread pudding to use the lovely peaches we get all summer.

  • NaomiH  on  May 30, 2018

    Mushroom crusted pork tenderloin

  • lhudson  on  May 31, 2018

    Spicy skillet T-bone steak ….. I love a good steak.

  • thewoobdog  on  June 1, 2018

    I want to try the Cauliflower and carrot slaw with honey-curry vinaigrette

  • hungryinhouston  on  June 1, 2018

    I would love to try Chicken Wings Three Ways: Shrimp Stuffed Chicken Wings.

  • nicolepellegrini  on  June 1, 2018

    Venison stew with heirloom carrots, celery root, and red wine…some of my favorite things!

  • Laura1  on  June 1, 2018

    Stuffed squash with spiced lentils and chickpeas

  • tmcginty  on  June 2, 2018

    Mushroom – Crusted Pork Tenderloin

  • dbielick  on  June 3, 2018

    Lox and cheese pizza

  • PeavineBlues  on  June 3, 2018

    Kielbasa

  • circ2000  on  June 3, 2018

    Breakfast Tostadas

  • HomespunHouse  on  June 3, 2018

    Mini dutch babies

  • sequoia55  on  June 4, 2018

    Mini Dutch babies with stewed raspberries

  • Kimgarceau  on  June 4, 2018

    I would probably test the mini dutch baby! Plus the avocado toast with poached egg…Real breakfast fan😊

  • debbiehb  on  June 4, 2018

    I would try the Crispy Trout with Almonds and Sherry Vinegarette

  • Dmartin997  on  June 4, 2018

    Beer braised beef stew looks goods

  • hillsboroks  on  June 4, 2018

    I am totally intrigued by the breakfast salads.

  • genie28  on  June 4, 2018

    Spicy crunchy chickpeas with chutney and chana fritters

  • Katiefayhutson  on  June 4, 2018

    Breakfast tostada

  • OzarkChef  on  June 4, 2018

    Ploughman's Lunch. Simple but extremely tasty!

  • Sfgordon  on  June 4, 2018

    I'd try the Spatchcock chicken three ways: tandoori chicken

  • Julia  on  June 4, 2018

    Welsh rarebit bites with blue cheese and onion jam

  • ennsee  on  June 8, 2018

    I'd make the Mini Dutch babies with stewed raspberries.

  • Waderu  on  June 9, 2018

    black bean & lentil soup

  • bangss  on  June 9, 2018

    The Brulee Peach and Toasted Almond Oatmeal sounds awesome

  • geoff@kupesoftware.com  on  June 9, 2018

    I would try the Hazelnut s'more and banana pancakes first!

  • Shipley90  on  June 9, 2018

    I would try the Hazelnut s'more and banana pancakes first!

  • ckbkcollector  on  June 11, 2018

    Breakfast pizza

  • vinochic  on  June 14, 2018

    zucchini quinoa muffins

  • Lucicat  on  June 15, 2018

    Brûléed peach and toasted almond oatmeal

  • Teruska  on  June 16, 2018

    Wings three ways both with chicken wings and with smoked tofu "wings".

  • orchidlady01  on  June 16, 2018

    Osso buco with gremolata

  • VeryVigario  on  June 17, 2018

    Fisherman's stew

  • Lmocooks  on  June 19, 2018

    Creamy cauliflower (or broccoli) bisque with torched Brie

  • Terrill  on  June 19, 2018

    Mint Pea soup with Bacon Brittle

  • ladybrooke  on  June 20, 2018

    I'd try the winter mulled wine.

  • Jenamarie  on  June 23, 2018

    Roasted red pepper and potato soup with goat cheese

  • auntietina  on  June 27, 2018

    Spring chicken and truffle-honey tartine

  • tennyogirl  on  June 27, 2018

    Thai coconut and beer mussels

  • davisesq212  on  June 27, 2018

    I would like to try the Curried chicken salad tiffin tin!

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