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. 

 

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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48 Comments

  • catmommy9  on  5/15/2018 at 4:18 PM

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

  • lauriesk  on  5/15/2018 at 4:30 PM

    I would try the Mini Dutch babies with stewed raspberries

  • jmay42066  on  5/15/2018 at 4:52 PM

    Breakfast tostadas with bacon, black beans and pico de gallo

  • JMelnick  on  5/15/2018 at 5:05 PM

    Kasha pierogi sounds delicious!

  • rchesser  on  5/15/2018 at 5:24 PM

    Peanut butter, chocolate chip, and banana pancakes.

  • stef  on  5/15/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Bacon and cheddar pidrogies

  • Kristjudy  on  5/15/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Whoopie pie

  • stef  on  5/15/2018 at 5:42 PM

    Bacon and cheddar pierogies

  • heyjude  on  5/15/2018 at 5:52 PM

    Mushroom - Crusted Pork Tenderloin

  • ravensfan  on  5/15/2018 at 6:11 PM

    Waffle iron French toast

  • JulieQC  on  5/15/2018 at 7:01 PM

    Waffled crepes suzette !

  • marsmomma  on  5/15/2018 at 8:29 PM

    Mini Dutch babies with stewed raspberries

  • Steben  on  5/15/2018 at 8:34 PM

    Roasted red pepper and sweet potato soup with grilled halloumi

  • Zosia  on  5/15/2018 at 9:56 PM

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

  • Cati  on  5/16/2018 at 12:16 AM

    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  5/16/2018 at 3:50 AM

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

  • JRumi  on  5/16/2018 at 7:02 AM

    Mushroom crusted pork tenderloin

  • terrily01  on  5/16/2018 at 7:08 AM

    Peanut butter, chocolate chip and banana pancakes. :)

  • mcrimmins  on  5/16/2018 at 8:23 AM

    Bacon and cheddar pierogies

  • sarahawker  on  5/16/2018 at 9:34 AM

    Chicken soup with Israeli couscous

  • mreils  on  5/16/2018 at 10:38 AM

    Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding

  • southerncooker  on  5/16/2018 at 11:15 AM

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

  • kmn4  on  5/16/2018 at 12:39 PM

    Curried ham and potato chowder with puffed wild rice

  • matag  on  5/16/2018 at 12:43 PM

    Gnocchi with sausage, spinach, and blue cheese

  • janv  on  5/16/2018 at 2:06 PM

    Breakfast tostadas with bacon, black beans and pico de gallo

  • sgump  on  5/16/2018 at 2:10 PM

    The brûléed blueberry oatmeal sounds nice!

  • Faith1  on  5/16/2018 at 3:05 PM

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

  • koolMoD  on  5/16/2018 at 3:48 PM

    Osso buco with gremolata

  • contest718  on  5/16/2018 at 4:31 PM

    Hazelnut s'more and banana pancakes

  • lpatterson412  on  5/16/2018 at 5:53 PM

    Watermelon and raspberry lemonade!!

  • ktwalla  on  5/16/2018 at 7:14 PM

    Breakfast Tostadas

  • Redlizzy1  on  5/16/2018 at 8:07 PM

    Banana and Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding please and thank you.

  • deedeegar  on  5/16/2018 at 11:12 PM

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

  • julielaura  on  5/17/2018 at 6:19 AM

    Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding sounds yummy

  • lgroom  on  5/17/2018 at 11:30 AM

    Mushroom crusted pork tenderloin

  • rivergait  on  5/17/2018 at 11:54 AM

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

  • floridagld  on  5/17/2018 at 3:50 PM

    Cedar-planked pork tenderloin with pineapple and onion relish

  • ebs  on  5/17/2018 at 8:14 PM

    Curried rice salad wit currants and cashews

  • MiMi60  on  5/17/2018 at 9:08 PM

    Farmhouse bubble and squeak with smoked salmon

  • infotrop  on  5/18/2018 at 12:07 PM

    Gluten-free lettuce wraps sounds healthy, pretty & tasty

  • LaurenE  on  5/18/2018 at 10:16 PM

    Bacon and cheddar pierogies

  • Bwalker  on  5/18/2018 at 10:53 PM

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

  • t.t  on  5/19/2018 at 12:51 AM

    Spicy crunchy chickpeas with chutney and chana fritters

  • Siegal  on  5/19/2018 at 3:19 PM

    I want to make Whoopi’s pie

  • Dannausc  on  5/19/2018 at 7:37 PM

    Breakfast pizza

  • ket06e  on  5/21/2018 at 8:56 AM

    Stuffed squash with spiced lentils and chickpeas

  • SarahGelle  on  5/21/2018 at 9:30 AM

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

  • mpdeb98  on  5/21/2018 at 10:35 AM

    Roasted sweet potatoes with onion, dill, and caraway seeds

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