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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook by Deb Perelman

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Notes about this book

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    A list of corrections posted on the author's website, including one affecting p. 306 "Useful Conversions." An EYB note has also been made on each affected recipe.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Peach and sour cream pancakes

    • louie734 on August 06, 2014

      Well, I didn't have enough sour cream for the batter, so I used another pancake batter (buttermilk from The Breakfast Book). So I followed the method more than the recipe - which produces insanely good pancakes. The peaches take on an addictive brûléed effect, and take no more effort than blueberry pancakes. I will try this with the sour cream batter - peaches & sour cream are a match made in heaven.

    • curtisca on October 14, 2013

      We have renamed these "O.M.G. Pancakes". I've made them three times in our short peach season (in addition to my usual cobblers) and will sorely miss them until next year. They are SO GOOD. Tastes like a cup of creamy, spicy chai with caramelized peaches. I need to try to measure the flour out using her "fluff, spoon and scrape" method because my batter has been pretty thick; I think she may end up with a little less flour than I did. But regardless - amazing.

    • WFPLCleanEating on June 20, 2016

      Delicious! (Rachel S-K)

    • Rutabaga on August 27, 2014

      These were very good, but next time I will try using at least part whole wheat flour, which I think would be delicious paired with the peaches. Because I had some creme fraiche that was about to turn, I substituted it for most of the sour cream, which made a the pancakes a little more delicate and light.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      These are very delicious, we loved them! I love sour cream in pancake/waffle batter though.

  • Maple bacon biscuits

    • joanhuguet on February 24, 2015

      The flavors were great, but the texture all wrong for biscuits - dry and crumbly. If I were to do this again, I would incorporate the maple and bacon into a traditional Southern biscuit recipe such as Alton Brown's.

  • Iceberg stack with blue cheese and radishes

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      YES. Crunchy and cool. Surprisingly, the remainder of the iceberg - sliced with a knife in crass disregard for all maternal advice regarding lettuce longevity - survived very well in the crisper, even living to see another salad.

    • Silverscreensuppers on December 19, 2016

      Ha ha - my mum told me that about lettuce too! Love this reclamation of the humble iceberg. Tasty and pretty too, loved it.

  • Ratatouille sub

    • louie734 on August 06, 2014

      So I recently discovered that I love ratatouille. I've been eyeing this recipe since. WHY DIDN'T I MAKE THIS EARLIER. I had vegetables bigger than called for, so I used my giant Le Creuset braising dish. Then I pulled out an 8x8 Pyrex, cause I'd maxed that out. We didn't actually make the sub - no rolls on hand. Instead we ate it plain, and it was gone. How can 2 people make all those vegetables disappear in 2 meals? Five (hundred!) stars.

  • Gnocchi in tomato broth

    • jzanger on November 20, 2012

      I loved this recipe, although to make it into a more substantial entree I did double the quantity of the "tomato broth" and added in some vegetables (carrot, celery, onion) toward the end. The gnocchi turned out just right and the whole thing came together in a few hours of mostly idle cooking time. Note: I added a pinch of red pepper flakes. This soup required a lot more salt than you would think it could handle.

    • WFPLCleanEating on June 20, 2016

      Came out great! My 13 year old made this dish as he was so excited to find the recipe in the book so I can't speak to the process of making it, just eating it. The dish was perfect! (Rachel S-K)

  • Roasted eggplant with yogurt-tahini sauce and cumin-crisped chickpeas

    • Barb_N on October 02, 2014

      I appropriated the chickpeas to top a Yotam Ottolenghi squash side dish, trying to turn it into an entree. Both are delicious but it needed another component to make it a meal- my fault not that of the cookbook authors.

  • Pancetta, white bean, and Swiss chard pot pies

    • Rutabaga on December 29, 2015

      The consistency of the filling is similar to thick soup or stew, so making them in individual bowls makes a lot of sense. But, as I only had two oven proof serving size bowls, I put some in a smallish casserole dish also. The presentation wasn't as nice, as we had to break the crust, ladle the filling into bowls, and top with the crust shards, but it was still just as tasty. The crust is wonderfully flaky, and would be a good, quick homemade substitute for other savory pies that call for puff pastry. To maximize my effort, I doubled the batch and put half in the freezer, with the filling and raw pastry dough stored separately. I also used porchetta in place on pancetta, which turned out to be especially delicious, and included the chopped chard stems by adding them a few minutes prior to the garlic.

    • Melanie on June 21, 2014

      We were pretty impressed by this one - the idea of using white beans in a pie seemed a bit strange but was really delicious. Made this as one large pie to serve 4 which worked very well. Didn't need ten minutes to brown the pancetta (it cooked much quicker and burnt and I had to start again with bacon). Used canned white beans, substituted yoghurt for sour cream (pastry) and just used water instead of stock.

  • Tomato-glazed meatloaves with brown butter mashed potatoes

    • Kojak on December 05, 2016

      Very good--would make more of the potatoes in order to have leftovers

  • Big cluster maple granola

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      All the girls at work wanted this recipe. Versatile, works every time, and makes the house smell outrageous. I got bigger clusters when I didn't stir as much as the recipe instructs - in fact, if your pan is lined with foil (to prevent swearing when cleaning up), you don't really need to stir at all.

    • Melanie on June 23, 2013

      I skipped the toasted wheatgerm and substituted dried apricots and cranberries for the cherries. Lovely big clusters though, would make it again!

    • hirsheys on March 19, 2017

      This granola is super tasty and it is also super easy. I like the idea of using two egg whites next time, and may up the maple syrup to the larger amount (I eat it with unsweetened yogurt, so wanted just a tad more sweetness.) I plan to try this with a bunch of different fruits - this morning was tart dried cherries, tomorrow will be dates, I think. Oh, and I used pecans instead of walnuts because I prefer them.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      The egg white is what does it - this might be my favorite granola to date. I shared my stash with others and they raved too.

    • LisaO on April 14, 2015

      I'm trying to find the perfect granola. This one is NOT it. Tried to make it twice. It's not sweet at all. I even went and bought full sugar maple syrup, and added some honey. Barely clumps. Not even close to the great picture. The coconut gets completely overcooked unless you put it in at the end. I'll keep looking.

    • WFPLCleanEating on August 30, 2016

      I made modifications based on my preferences (1c apricots, 1/2c dark raisins instead of the cherries) and the ingredients I had on hand (nuts 2/3c walnuts & 1/3c pecans; canola oil instead of oil; and ~2 tbsp sunflower seeds instead of wheat germ). Cooked on the longer end of the cooking time. I thought the flavor was delicious, but it never 'clumped' up for me. Will definitely try it again. - Carol

  • Baked ranchero eggs with blistered Jack cheese and lime crema

    • cespitler on December 28, 2016

      This is a good one as is. Next time, I might add some spinach to the sauce and some basil. The eggs can be baked fully in the oven and the tortillas are worth the added few minutes versus just using chips.

    • Rutabaga on January 10, 2015

      Cooking all the eggs together in the sauce makes this a great brunch option for a small crowd. While you can make the sauce ahead of time, the entire dish can be done in about half an hour with no prior preparations. Tasty and filling, and easy to scale down if you just want to make it for a few people.

  • Potato frittata with feta and scallions

    • jzanger on January 28, 2013

      Wonderful, if a bit time-intensive. I added a piece of celery root to the potatoes which was really nice. Also added an extra egg. Didn't have any feta, but I did have cotija and it made a great substitute.

    • shoffmann on November 06, 2016

      Very adaptable. I often swap out the scallions for thinly sliced leeks softened in butter and vary the cheese based on what I already have on hand.

  • Vinegar slaw with cucumbers and dill

    • Vanessa on March 16, 2013

      Confession: I've never made it with cucumbers (it is winter, after all) but I've used various other veggies (red peppers, carrots, zucchini), and it is one of my favorite slaws!

    • louie734 on May 02, 2014

      This is an oil-less slaw that is crunchy and tart the day you make it, then wildly pickle-y after a couple days in the fridge. I was super skeptical about adding water to cabbage that wasn't salted and drained first (my go-to method for coleslaw that keeps), but it definitely works. Great, unusual side - but don't expect to gobble up huge bowls of it on day 3 - unless you're the type to eat a whole jar of pickles. Thinking I'll add some thinly sliced or shaved sweet onion next time.

    • clcorbi on August 10, 2017

      We weren't crazy about this one. I think it's a bit too austere of a slaw for my taste. I can see how it would be nice when used to cut through very rich foods--for example, I might enjoy this slaw more piled on a very decadent pulled pork sandwich. But I don't think I'll rush to repeat it, since there are so many other salad recipes we enjoy more. I will note that we subbed the dill for a mix of mint and scallions, and did enjoy that variation, since we are both sort of dill-averse.

  • Broccoli slaw

    • louie734 on May 28, 2015

      This last time was the best. Very adaptable. Best thing to do is cut everything very small/thin otherwise it's too crunchy. Used raisins this time. Added a very few bits of fried ham. Otherwise stuck to the recipe pretty well. It's good on the first day, better and best on the next couple days.

    • jzanger on November 20, 2012

      This is a keeper. It's not groundbreaking but it tastes great and only got better over the course of several days.

    • milgwimper on December 27, 2014

      We loved this recipe using sour cherries. Will make this again.

    • hirsheys on February 16, 2017

      I adore this recipe and find it quite addictive. I cut the broccoli a bit smaller, but otherwise followed the recipe closely.

    • Marsthedog on August 18, 2014

      Didn't love it, felt it wasn't as good as my go to slaw with raisins and bacon...

    • stef on April 24, 2017

      It's just as good as everyone says. Addictive

    • clcorbi on January 23, 2017

      Delicious. I omitted the dried fruit as we are not big fans. Next time, I would consider adding a tiny bit more sugar to the dressing to make up for that omission. I had very small heads of broccoli, so I also added a large handful of chopped red cabbage since there was a bit too much dressing. This salad is so good, it may not be anything revolutionary, but I couldn't stop eating forkfuls of it before we ever even sat down to dinner.

    • macfadden on April 09, 2017

      Delicious! I use dried tart cherries instead of cranberries, which aren't popular here.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      She seriously overbills this. It's just broccoli salad. Anyone who's spent any significant time south of the Mason-Dixon line has eaten their weight in some version of this. It's good, but not the least bit revolutionary.

    • Lepa on July 31, 2016

      I'm completely obsessed with this stuff. I can eat an entire bowl while still standing at the counter. My kids love it, too. This recipe alone is worth the cost of the book!

    • robinelizabethleslie on April 08, 2014

      This is delicious. I'm usually totally opposed to raw broccoli, but this was a hit! It tastes even better after it sits for a while. We had it with the Emmentaler on Rye with Sweet and Sour Red Onions. Perfect.

  • Roasted baby roots with sherry-shallot vinaigrette

    • Zosia on August 29, 2014

      The sweet and tangy dressing went beautifully with the vegetables, and by doubling the quinoa and serving with goats cheese, this became a main course salad. I used regular vegetables cut into smaller pieces.

    • wittwoman on December 27, 2015

      Excellent flavor. Perfect fit for baby root veggies from CSA bag.

    • clcorbi on December 01, 2016

      This salad didn't really work for me. The vinaigrette seemed like it would be delicious--you roast shallots in tinfoil and then blend them with olive oil and vinegar--but it turned out very thick. I thought that the oil clinging to the root veggies and the bit of moisture in the quinoa could help thin it, but instead the vinaigrette just made the quinoa clump together in a pretty unappealing way. I'm sure goat cheese would have helped this salad, but we didn't have any. Overall I don't think I'd repeat this.

  • Honey and harissa farro salad

    • Melanie on March 08, 2015

      I think I could have done with a bit more Harissa in this dish. I wasn't a huge fan of the parsnip in this dish and would probably stick to carrots in the future. Made ahead for work lunches which worked quite well.

    • Rutabaga on September 23, 2014

      Good flavor combination - I used pipelchuma (recipe from Jerusalem) instead of harissa. Afraid of making it too spicy, I probably erred on the side of including too little, but you can easily stir more into your own serving. Unfortunately, I had very little mint on hand, and I think it could have used the amount called for in the recipe.

    • robinelizabethleslie on April 08, 2014

      Adding some soaked raisins brings this salad perfectly into balance.

    • WFPLCleanEating on July 15, 2016

      I didn't have farro or parsnips so made this with freekah and beets though the rest of the recipe was the same. I actually think beets work better than parsnips (having also tried the recipe as written). They look prettier and have a more interesting taste (in my book). I liked the combination of grains, roasted caramelized vegetables, salty feta plus lots of parsley and mint. My harissa may have been milder than hers as I used a heaping teaspoon rather than 1/2 a teaspoon and I think it could have done with more heat. Maybe try adding it in increments to the dressing and tasting as you go. - Jane

  • Shaved asparagus pizza

    • louie734 on July 17, 2017

      Still making this pizza! THE reason to buy asparagus ... it never fails to wow. Asparagus can be shaved hours ahead if you like. A favorite.

    • louie734 on July 25, 2014

      So, we made this twice in 3 days. Mind-blowing. Topped exactly as described, on ABin5 pizza dough, our household standard. Using a peeler to make the strands of asparagus is fiddly but not difficult. Boring regular mozzarella - nothing fancy - was fine. This was so, so good.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      I didn't use her pizza dough to make it (King Arthur Flour!) but the idea is wonderful and the result is delicious. Loved this so much!

    • Rutabaga on May 31, 2014

      Delicious! Every spring I look forward to trying new recipes for fresh asparagus, and this was a real treat. I baked it on a baking steel that had been preheated for about half an hour at 550 F. This meant the pizza was done in about 8 minutes, and 5 minutes through I switched the heat to the broiler to ensure the top crisped before the bottom burned. Made with fresh from the farmer's market asparagus, the flavor really sings, and the grassy notes of the asparagus are well matched with rich buffalo mozzarella. I feel garlic - better yet, green garlic or garlic scapes for more of that springtime allure - could be a good addition, but it might also take away from the pure, clean taste of the asparagus.

    • clcorbi on May 11, 2017

      Delicious! The asparagus becomes so flavorful from its quick toss with salt, olive oil, etc. The only change I'd make next time would be to slice my mozzarella thinly rather than grating it, just to save time. I also agree with Rutabaga's comment that some garlic would be welcome here.

  • Broccoli rabe panini with mozzarella

    • Rutabaga on June 01, 2014

      I'm a big fan of broccoli rabe. The bitterness is addictive, especially when paired with garlic and olive oil. After reading Perelman's intro to this recipe, I was hopeful that this would also be palatable to my husband, who prefers his greens a little tamer. Either I managed to cook them just right, or the rabe was exceptionally sweet (it was fresh from the farmer's market yesterday morning), but in this case the bitterness was nicely mellowed, with enough bite to still be appealing. Milky buffalo mozzarella pairs wonderfully with strong green vegetables, and torta rolls were the perfect bread to use.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      I wasn't much of a fan of this one. The panini refused to stay together after coming off the sandwich press, which was frustrating, but the individual components were good. It just didn't mesh I guess.

  • Eggplant and three cheese calzone

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      I added minced garlic and more dried oregano to the filling than was called for in the recipe, but this was really delicious. I cheated and doctored good-quality store-bought pizza sauce, too. My one real issue is that she doesn't specify which kind of eggplant to use - which really makes a difference! A few problems, but overall quite tasty.

  • Roasted tomatoes and cipollini onions with white beans

    • alisonkc on January 21, 2014

      I left out the white beans and served this as a side for the mustard milanese chicken, it was delicious! I made it with shallots instead of cipollinis and it worked great.

  • Flat roasted chicken with tiny potatoes

    • louie734 on November 15, 2015

      I mash up this recipe with Melissa Clark's genius idea to roast the chicken perched atop thick cut, Dijon-smeared bread. Instead of butterflying my own whole chicken, purchasing a split fryer does the job. Scattering in a few tiny potatoes around the bird works perfectly. So good!

    • alisonkc on March 11, 2014

      A tasty and easy way to cook a small chicken. The potatoes turned out great! I can't resist tinkering sometimes, so I did add some notes of lemon to the chicken - zested a lemon over the chicken, juiced half of one over the entire thing, and tucked the pieces here and there. Delicious and I'll make it again.

    • Rutabaga on September 20, 2014

      My chicken was larger than suggested - probably around 4.5 pounds - but I was excited to finally try spatchcocking. Sure enough, this dish is very easy, but with my larger bird it took almost an hour to cook, and still wasn't quite as crispy as I'd like. I used German butterball potatoes, which are delicious. For best results, salt them very well before cooking (I should have been more liberal with the salt shaker), then stir them in the chicken juices prior to serving to ensure they soak in the flavor. Next time, I will leo try squeezing over some lemon juice prior top roasting.

    • Rutabaga on December 25, 2015

      I made this again with a chicken weighing in at just over three pounds, and dry brined it in advance a la The Zuni Cafe cookbook, drying and salting it about a day and a half in advance, and also tucking some thyme under the skin. It was wonderful, but still took the better part of an hour, and I turned the temperature up to 475 for the last 20 minutes or so.

    • Summerlandsky on July 05, 2015

      Our absolute favorite way to cook a whole chicken. Comes out beautifully. Does usually take longer than recommended, and I will often microwave larger potatoes for a little bit first so they get cooked through when baked. I also usually put a little olive oil with salt and pepper on the skin. If you can find a smoked salt it's even better.

  • Balsamic and beer-braised short ribs with parsnip purée

    • clcorbi on November 18, 2016

      I only made the braise, not the purée. The only changes I made were to use unfiltered cider in place of one beer, and to braise the meat on the stovetop rather than in the oven (my preferred method, I like that it's more hands-on). This was delicious! Not earth-shattering--I think a little more vinegar could have helped. We have leftovers in the freezer which I'll be very pleased to turn into sandwiches.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      Absolutely fabulous. Love her tip of placing aluminum foil over the Dutch oven before putting the lid on. Really makes a difference and is applicable to all kinds of braising recipes. A go-to for sure.

  • Cranberry crumb bars with mulling spices

    • jumali on December 01, 2016

      I thought the filling was a bit tart, but everyone else liked them. Very easy to prepare.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      Really good and got extremely positive comments from notoriously picky eaters I was hosting :)

    • thefritschkitchen on January 14, 2016

      These are my go-to's for any winter potluck party (and as we all know, there are a lot of them!). They are quick to throw together the night before. I make both the shortbread and the cranberry filling in my food processor, so it's quick and makes relatively few dishes. Plus, baking with cranberries is one of the joys of the winter season - there is nothing more beautiful. Also, in case you're wondering, they taste amazing. Never any leftovers to bring home :(

  • Whole-wheat raspberry ricotta scones

    • Summerlandsky on March 30, 2014

      My ricotta was apparently not as moist as hers, so I had to add a little more cream to get it to the consistency she described. I used frozen unsweetened raspberries instead of fresh and they worked great. Instead of putting it on a floured countertop to divide I put the final dough directly on the pan covered with a silpat. Forming the big square there and then dividing it into to the nine portions on the baking sheet made one less mess. They do spread, so give them lots of space. Fifteen minutes wasn't enough to set, so added three minutes to the time. Once out of the oven they really need to cool at least 20 minutes before they've set enough to eat. The final scone was a little underwhelming. Not a lot of flavor, fairly flat, and undercooked a bit. I do like the ingredients in it ( whole wheat flour and ricotta) so next time I'll experiment with not having the dough as moist and increase the cooking time even more.

  • Chocolate chip brioche pretzels

    • kitchenvixen on January 21, 2013

      I almost took out the motor on my brand new KitchenAid making this dough. Had to pull it out and knead by hand. Excited to see if it's worth the work.

    • sarahalley on November 28, 2012

      This dough took ages to rise for some reason! (Maybe 4-5 hours. Must have been my yeast or chilly house??) Definitely a deliciously indulgent treat... Much more delicious when served warm. I stuck a few in the freezer and have had good luck reheating them in the microwave.

  • Fig, olive oil, and sea salt challah

    • yeven on October 03, 2015

      Outstanding!!!!!

    • hirsheys on February 16, 2017

      This bread was an absolute hit, and it was super fun to make. My rolls weren't as thin as hers, so I had fewer swirls in my bread. That said, it worked out wonderfully and was a fantastic set of flavors for Rosh Hashanah.

  • Tomato scallion shortcakes with whipped goat cheese

    • dedosmagicos on September 10, 2015

      this is really delicious!! would suggest upping the amount of tomato salad if you are serving more than 2 people . For two of us, I made the full recipe of 6 biscuits, about half the goat cheese topping, and the full amount of tomato salad and there were 4 biscuits and about 1/3 of the topping left but no tomatoes.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      These are spectacular. The end.

    • Rutabaga on June 11, 2014

      Really, you can't go wrong with true vine-ripened fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. This is a perfect match. Using what I already had, I substituted creme fraiche for the heavy cream and heirloom tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes. While the shortcakes would be even better made later in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak, any locally grown, juicy tomatoes will work nicely. Because the biscuit dough was very wet, I made drop biscuits rather than rolling the dough and cutting it into rounds.

    • shoffmann on September 06, 2017

      Perfect way to use summer tomatoes. I've made this several times. I agree that this requires more tomatoes than called for -- I usually use about double the tomato salad.

  • Sugar snap salad with miso dressing

    • Rutabaga on May 31, 2014

      Having read Avpullen's comment, I decided not to blanch the sugar snaps. Sure enough, they were great raw (I believe having fresh farmer's market peas that were likely picked this morning helped), so no need to go to that extra work. The dressing is a great blend of flavors, a little funky, sweet, gingery, and nutty. Since I had no sesame paste on hand, I threw in whole sesame seeds, which the Vitamix whipped into a smooth puree along with the remaining dressing ingredients. Perhaps in part because of this, my dressing was very thick, but it mixed well with the crisp salad ingredients.

    • Avpullen on December 13, 2013

      Next time I won't blanch the snap peas - I like maximum crispness in a salad.

  • Rushed pizza dough

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      This was terrible. I'm sorry but it was. The end result was tough and difficult to chew. I'll definitely be sticking with King Arthur Flour's pizza dough recipe from now on.

  • Sweet peas and shells Alfredo

    • Rutabaga on October 06, 2014

      Since I had cream on hand (not to mention all the remaining ingredients), I made this as a quick dinner using frozen peas. It's a simple twist on alfredo; the peas make it feel slightly more healthful, but the cream and butter content make it an occasional splurge despite its simplicity. Fresh spring peas, as Perelman suggest, would tun it into something special, and a good sprinkling of a mix of fresh, soft herbs (tarragon, chervil, etc), along with a squeeze of lemon juice, would really bring it to life.

  • Corn risotto-stuffed poblanos

    • Vanessa on December 20, 2012

      This was good, and it was even better the next day. I had to use a mix of Cubanelles and plain green bell peppers (a tragic lack of decent poblanos!) and canned corn (dang, it IS December!); I'd bet that poblanos and fresh corn would really move it up to the next level. I did have a goodly amount of risotto left over after stuffing. It made a great side dish for the less adventurous at the gathering, but I think this could be made with 2/3 the amount of rice called for.

    • Vanessa on January 15, 2013

      Fresh poblanos, but no corn or beer this time, so I used vermouth in the risotto and added black beans instead of corn. Yea! another winner!

    • jzanger on September 10, 2013

      Delicious and impressive-looking, but stuffing the poblanos were pretty finicky. If I'm not making it for a dinner party next time I will probably just dice up and mix the poblanos right into the corn risotto.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      I found myself wondering if this recipe was tested at all. After stuffing the poblanos to the brim, there was SO MUCH leftover risotto!! Also, flavor was seriously lacking as written. Although I love the idea, I definitely wouldn't make them again.

    • maggiewt on September 25, 2013

      Used a smaller spoon to stuff the poblanos and really get the risotto into the pockets of the peppers. I stuffed those guys pretty full and the recipe still made about double the amount of risotto needed (as Vanessa commented below) - not a problem for me as I just sprinkled with cheese and baked along with the chiles. Don't skip the crema - it definitely made a difference to the overall finished dish.

    • ecasey830 on October 17, 2016

      Stuffing the poblanos was too time-consuming and finicky for me though I may make this again just as a risotto

  • Wild rice gratin with kale, caramelized onions, and baby Swiss

    • Rutabaga on March 03, 2015

      I made this a second time with the same ratio of wild and basmati rices. This time I used larger sweet onions, which were definitely an improvement over regular ones. For cheese, I used a mixture of Comte and P'tit Basque, including almost two cups of cheese mixed in with the rice. While I forgot to add any vinegar, I served it with lemon wedges. All in all, it turned out great.

    • Rutabaga on October 18, 2014

      Using what I had already on hand, I made this with separately cooked wild and basmati rice, regular onions, and Gruyere. The Gruyere was an excellent choice, but I needed more, even a little more than what was listed, ideally. For the rice, I cooked 2/3 cup raw wild rice and 1 cup basmati, which made for more prep work, although it's not difficult if you have the time. While I figured that regular onions would be a fine substitute for sweet, having now tasted the final dish I can see that sweet onions would really elevate it. Next time, I definitely want to make the effort to get sweet onions. Zosia mentioned some acid would help, and I think next time I will also stir in a couple tablespoons of white wine vinegar. The entire dish could be prepared a day in advance, then baked when needed.

    • Prim on December 03, 2012

      Very good recipe with great flavour. I used parmigiano reggiano cheese instead of swiss.

    • Zosia on April 08, 2014

      Quite good but it needed a little acid. A side of roasted tomatoes helped immeasurably....next time I'll add them to the gratin before baking.

  • Harvest roast chicken with grapes, olives, and rosemary

    • wittwoman on April 10, 2016

      Flavor is rich, silky and phenomenal. Initially, I wasn't sure how the shallots, grapes, olives and rosemary would play together, but WOW. This is definitely dinner-guest worthy!

    • kcw214 on February 19, 2013

      This wasn't too difficult, though the browning step took longer than Perelman suggested to get a nice color. The flavor reminded me of chicken marbella with the sweet and salty.

  • Pork chops with cider, horseradish, and dill

    • Queezle_Sister on January 02, 2013

      Surprisingly flavorful sauce. Horseradish scares me, but it just added a supportive base note to the sweet highs from the apple cider. Instructions flawless and dinner completed in under 30 minutes.

  • Salted brown butter crispy treats

    • clcorbi on November 18, 2016

      We loved these! My boyfriend ended up using 2c less cereal than called for, which was a genius move as it upped the ratio of delicious buttery marshmallow. We brought these to a friend's as an after-dinner treat, and the four of us finished the whole pan. Dangerously good.

    • Rutabaga on May 29, 2014

      This was a simple way to make a tastier treat. In my case, I used mini marshmallows that melted easily. The only time I've had difficulty with melting marshmallows for rice kris pie treats was once when using exceptionally old marshmallows. Even dried out marshmallows from a package that been open for many months will generally work fine, but there's a line that cannot be crossed. In my case, I, too, had to throw out the batch - it was disgusting! But if you're using normal marshmallows that haven't yet turned into impenetrable pellets, you'll find they melt within minutes.

    • Astrid5555 on February 16, 2013

      What a disaster! Eveything went well until I added the marshmallows to the (delicious smelling) butter. But then nothing happenend. She says that the residual heat from the melted butter will melt the marshmallows, but if it is not you should turn the pot back on low heat until they are melted. 30! minutes later I was still stirring and waiting for the butter & marshmallow mixture to smooth out. I ended up with a puddle of butter that never incorporated into the very sticky marshmallows. In the end I threw out that sticky/buttery mixture and did not even try to add the brown rice cereal/popped amaranth mixture I had prepared in order not to waste it as well. Will definitely never try again!

    • Melanie on January 26, 2014

      These were a success! The marshmallow melted in very quickly for me. These ended up nice and soft and were quite delicious. I would make again. Note - I only used 250g marshmallows (instead of buying an extra bag to get a couple extra).

  • Cinnamon toast French toast

    • jumali on December 26, 2012

      The crackly top is delicious but underneath is quite soggy and bland. Absolutely horrible reheated the next day.

  • Gingerbread spice Dutch baby

    • Melanie on January 11, 2014

      I wasn't the biggest fan but night try again as I think I left it in the oven for too long and it overcooked. I doubled the spices as recommended elsewhere and thought it tasted good.

    • rionafaith on July 23, 2016

      Loved this, and it was so easy -- it's all mixed in the blender, which is an item of equipment I don't use enough. The spice flavor was good but subtle -- I'd amp up all the spices next time, maybe even doubling them. Sifted some powdered sugar over the top and it was a perfect light but indulgent breakfast for two of us.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      This was really good! Behaved as a Dutch baby should, and the spices were prominent enough without overpowering the whole thing. Would make again!

  • Almond date breakfast bars

    • Rutabaga on September 23, 2014

      I made one significant change to this recipe, and one minor one. Significantly, I used what was sold as "baking dates" at the Middle Eastern market, which is basically a gooey date puree. I mixed this with the other liquid ingredients, using only about a half cup (compared with the one cup of chopped dates suggested) because I was afraid the bars would otherwise be too sticky. My other substitution was using peanut butter in place of almond butter. Next time, I will use more dates, whether pureed or chopped, and also not leave them in the oven as long. Because I was concerned that they were underdone, I baked the bars for half an hour, and they turned out fairly dry. I think baking them no more than 25 minutes, combined with amping up the date content, would yield tastier, moister bars, and the additional sweetness would also be welcome. Otherwise, the flavor is pleasing, so I hope these changes will yield the breakfast bars I'm craving.

    • louie734 on January 29, 2013

      I wasn't crazy about the almond + cinnamon + orange flavor combination, but these held together well and disappeared quickly enough.

    • Vanessa on March 16, 2013

      I've been eying this since I got the cookbook, but I never seem to have dates. Today I broke down and made this with what I had on hand: raisins instead of dates, pecans instead of almonds, flax seed instead of wheat germ, old-fashioned oats rather than "quick", and lemon extract and powdered lemon peel instead of orange zest and almond extract. (Who knew I was out of so many pantry essentials!) They were really good. They were crumbly, but the 4 tiny ones that actually made it into the fridge to cool did set up very nicely. They were WAAAY tasty and disappeared rapidly! Re-made it this afternoon (after shopping!) due to popular demand. This time I had almond extract, but I kept the other ingredients the same since we'd liked them so much.

  • Fingerlings vinaigrette with sieved eggs and pickled celery

    • Melanie on March 08, 2015

      This was good! The fluffy egg was a great idea and worked well in the end dish.

    • shoffmann on November 13, 2016

      Love the pickled celery and this recipe.

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      Alarmingly good. Pickled celery is now a staple in our fridge. The hardboiled egg fluff + mustardy dressing + vinegary, salty celery is shocking and addicting.

  • Heart-stuffed shells in lemon ricotta Béchamel

    • louie734 on February 10, 2013

      This was so good made (almost) exactly as described - I did have trouble getting the wine to cook down until "completely gone" because the artichokes were releasing liquid - next time I'll throw in the wine after the veggies are removed to the food processor, then quickly deglaze and throw in the reduced liquid. Surprisingly, I was done with prep and ready to bake in about 40 minutes. I did use 2 pans instead of Deb's suggestion of wiping out the same pan after completion of each step, this saved me time but made more dishes. I made 20 shells and used 2 8-ounce packages (couldn't find 12-ounce packages) of frozen artichoke hearts, but otherwise kept all other ingredients the same. Served with a sharp parsley salad (Parsley and Barley Salad from Jerusalem - leave out the feta), warm bread, and the rest of the white wine.

    • jzanger on February 27, 2013

      Delicious...I used the contents of two drained cans of artichoke hearts instead of the frozen hearts. This filled 22 shells. The sauce needed lemon zest and I crumbled a pinch of dried tarragon on the top. Tarragon added a really great dimension of flavor and I'd do that again. Baked at 375 and used the broiler for a minute at the end to provide some browning.

  • Mushroom Bourguignon

    • Boffcat on February 23, 2017

      I was enticed to make this by the glowing reviews, but I was left slightly underwhelmed. Yes, it's quite nice, but I felt it lacked a certain depth of flavour (despite making ahead) and would have benefited from a stronger umami note. Perhaps some porcini mushrooms added to the mix would give it a boost. On a practical note, judging by the picture the author has used tiny pickling onions. The only "baby onions" I could find were closer to small shallots in size, and the weight called for in the recipe would only have been five onions, so I increased the quantities slightly and halved the onions to ensure they became meltingly soft in the cooking time.

    • adrienneyoung on August 29, 2016

      This is just terrific. Adore.

    • Lepa on January 08, 2017

      Fantastic. This is one of the best things I've made in the last few months. We ate it on egg noodles with healthy dollops of sour cream. I can't believe I waited so long to try this recipe!

    • louie734 on January 23, 2015

      Every time I make something from this cookbook, I ask myself why I waited so long to do so. Made exactly as described, well, with one quibble.. ingredients call for sliced mushrooms, but pictured is definitely some nice round mushroom shapes, not slices. I left small criminis whole, halved medium ones, and quartered the big ones (or more). Next time I'll do the same - it needed the texture. I have never served traditional bourguignon on egg noodles, or garnished with sour cream. That seems more stroganoff-y to me? They were good, though, and I'll likely serve it that way again. Alternatively, mashed potatoes - but leave some texture.

  • Sesame-spiced turkey meatballs and smashed chickpea salad

    • chawkins on August 02, 2015

      Very flavorful, moist and slightly spicy meatballs, the sesame seeds gave them a bit of texture and crunch, I used kosher salt instead of table salt and found them a tad salty, but then I'm very salt sensitive. The chickpea salad was a cinch to make and great for summer, I used 8 olives and probably could have used more.

    • kimbaroni on December 29, 2012

      Page 167

    • hillsboroks on July 12, 2014

      Just read the note about no lid needed but I used the lid from my Le Creuset braising pan and it kept the browned meatballs nice and moist without drying out in the oven. These weren't as spicy as I had anticipated but were very flavorful. I made a yogurt sauce using garlic, cucumber, lemon juice and sumac that complimented them nicely. I also served them with the August 2014 Cooking Light Peach Salad with Tomatoes and Beets plus Orzo With Summer Squash and Toasted Hazelnuts from Gourmet August 2003. It was the perfect summer dinner!

    • alisonkc on January 21, 2014

      Meatballs were super yummy! I really enjoyed these. Great for a Sunday supper.

    • Rutabaga on July 28, 2014

      The chickpea salad was the real standout for us - us adults, that is; my three-year-old loved the meatballs. So really, there was something for everyone. The meatballs were not spicy, but well-flavored and would be excellent with a yogurt sauce, such as the one mentioned by the reviewer below. The chickpea salad is a snap to make with canned chickpeas, and a would be a great side dish for almost any summer meal.

    • ksg518 on March 03, 2017

      Lots of people have already noted how good this is and I agree. I'll try a yogurt sauce next time too, as suggested below. The meatballs were a little hard to brown since they were so soft but they were moist at the end. The chickpea salad is great. I forgot to buy green olives but I threw in some black ones, which worked out nicely.

    • NJChicaa on June 30, 2016

      The meatballs were just okay in my opinion. Moist, tender, but didn't wow us. The chick pea salad, however, is a real winner and one that we will make over and over again.

    • Vanessa on March 16, 2013

      The "smashed chickpea salad" is incredibly good. We've made it several times and it is great as part of a light supper.

  • Mustard Milanese with an arugula fennel salad

    • alisonkc on January 21, 2014

      This was so good, I still think about it. A bit of a production, but worth every moment. I served it with the roasted tomato & onion side also in the book.

  • Buttered popcorn cookies

    • michalow on June 28, 2013

      I, too, found myself wishing my popcorn was fluffier. With some kernels fat and crisp and others small and chewy, there were too many textures going on in these cookies.

    • Boffcat on February 24, 2017

      Good. I use caster sugar in place of granulated sugar, and light muscavado if I don't have light soft brown sugar. The cookies could take even more popcorn than stipulated. Sometimes I just leave the popcorn plain rather than dressing it with butter and salt, and I've also used shop-bought popcorn to save time (two individual bags of Tyrells salted popcorn). The recipe yields around 30 cookies for me.

    • vinochic on January 02, 2013

      I was disappointed with the recipe. My popcorn probably wasn't "fluffy" enough (ended up with small, chewy kernels) , but even the cookie dough itself was pretty bland.

  • Whole lemon bars

    • Boffcat on February 24, 2017

      Delicious - and unlike other reviewers I've never had issues with bitterness. I sometimes use plain flour in place of the cornflour.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      We really enjoyed these. Took them to a family holiday gathering where everyone loved them. Unique idea!

    • rionafaith on July 24, 2016

      Doubled the recipe, baked in a 9x13" pyrex pan cause I don't have a metal one, and brought them to a big BBQ where they were a hit. I did remove half the peel/pith -- I don't think mine were particularly thick, but I was paranoid about bitterness. The flavor in the final curd was fantastic -- my boyfriend said he'd never had lemon bars that were so lemony. It did take me FOREVER to remove the seeds though -- not sure if my lemons were particularly seedy or what. I may also bake these for a little longer next time, as they were a little soft in the middle (though they may also have been just melting since it was such a hot day).

    • zorra on June 10, 2014

      Didn't care for these. Bitterness from the lemon pith was pronounced, even though I used a precious home-grown Meyer lemon. Few people said liked them, though.

  • Plum poppy seed muffins

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      REALLY liked these. They taste like muffins, not unfrosted cupcakes, which would just be sad. Nice texture!

    • Lepa on August 27, 2017

      We enjoyed these muffins. Like other posters, I appreciated the fact that they were not overly sweet. I thought they were just right. Next time I will bake these in baking cups because I found that the fruit stuck to the pan so some muffins had chunks missing from the bottom.

    • Rutabaga on September 21, 2014

      I enjoyed these muffins more than most; they are delectably moist, and the browned butter and whole wheat flour really deepen their flavor. Plus, they are just sweet enough. I think other stone fruits would also work well with this batter, but tart plums add the right balance.

    • Zosia on October 02, 2016

      I agree with the previous reviewers: these had good flavour and texture and were definitely muffin-like rather than cake-like.

    • Silverscreensuppers on August 19, 2017

      Everyone at work loved these - I made them in cup cake cases as I don't have a muffin tin but I think the latter would be better - perhaps I should invest...

  • Cheddar swirl breakfast buns

    • thefritschkitchen on January 14, 2016

      My husband loves these and promises to do all sorts of chores if I will only a bake a batch. I always put them off, because they seem like a lot of work, but then I will make them and remember that they aren't too labor intensive at all. Plus, you can freeze them before baking, and just bake off a few as needed!

    • Rutabaga on November 15, 2014

      These buns are ideal for breakfast or alongside soup at lunch or supper. The onions and cheese meld together perfectly, and fresh or dried dill can be used. Next time, I'm interested in mixing some whole wheat flour in with the white, and also putting the buns in a smaller baking pan, one where will nestle together as they rise and bake. Mine were spread apart on a half sheet pan, so didn't keep their shape as nicely as Perelman's.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      I was really disappointed in these. I mean, not to the point they went uneaten or anything, but just didn't live up to the hype at all. The dough was super easy to work with, but I followed instructions exactly and the cheddar flavor wasn't very pronounced and the buns got all misshapen in the oven. Not terrible, but definitely wouldn't bother with them again.

  • Emmentaler on rye with sweet and sour red onions

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      All the best parts of a patty melt, without the burger. These were awesome. Again, why didn't I think of this.

  • Butternut squash and caramelized onion galette

    • jzanger on March 28, 2013

      Spectacular galette! This will be my chosen galette dough recipe from now on. It comes together really easily, rolls out without tearing, and bakes into the most amazing flaky layers. I did choose to put the tart together slightly differently than Deb instructs, cutting the squash into round discs instead of cubes, and layering the cheese (used only about 3/4 cup), then the caramelized onions (4 small yellow onions), then the squash. Next time, if layering this way again, I would sprinkle the cheese on top of the onions and would maybe use less cheese. There's so much richness and flavor in the other elements that the cheese is almost superfluous. Another tip: make sure you keep the dough cold (even after it's rolled out) until just before you're ready to fill it. With this dough and the fillings, I was able to make a very large galette. About half of it went into my freezer for later!

    • michalow on April 08, 2014

      Made this a second time with what turned out to be a very dry buttercup squash. Stirred an egg and a couple of tablespoons of milk into the filling to compensate and was pleased with the results.

    • michalow on December 31, 2012

      Much better than expected. Crust was declared "rustic" and a good match for the filling. Fontina works nicely here. Would use regular, not sweet, onions next time as these are better caramelized.

  • Leisurely pizza dough

    • Rutabaga on May 31, 2014

      The version I made actually fell between "leisurely" and "rushed". Rather than proof it in the oven or fridge, I had time for it to sit on the counter for 2 1/2 hours, plenty of time for the dough to double in bulk. And it worked beautifully. While pizza dough is quite simple at heart, this was perhaps as simple as it gets, but it yielded a pizza that had just the right balance of chew and crackling crust. And since the batch is small, it's ideal if you're cooking for two people and don't want a lot of leftovers, or to have to bake multiple pies.

  • Linguine with cauliflower pesto

    • Rutabaga on February 14, 2015

      I really enjoyed this dish, but unfortunately my husband wasn't very taken with it; he found the raw cauliflower flavor too dominant. If I make it again, I'd like to halve the amount of cauliflower and increase the sun-dried tomatoes (I used semi-dried tomatoes in oil) and some of the other ingredients. I made my sauce in the blender, which worked pretty well, but wasn't as chunky as the sauce pictured here. Leaving aside some whole almonds or pine nuts, as well as some capers, to mix in, would probably also add some appeal. Olives and more fresh herbs could also be very good.

    • adelina on December 15, 2014

      Simple for weeknight and family left no trace of pasta. I made the pesto the night before and it was slightly bitter the next day. To remove the bitterness, I cooked the pesto slightly and added some lemon juice at the end. I also added some kale and spinach leaves to cook up with the pesto since I had some on hand.

    • thefritschkitchen on January 21, 2016

      Not a huge fan - didn't all come together for me. Leftovers were better than the original night, but not something I would make again. It wasn't bad, just didn't hit the right notes for us. Too much pasta, too little else.

    • robinelizabethleslie on March 19, 2014

      I'll second the previous note! Definitely different, but surprisingly delicious. To finish I drizzled it with a touch more olive oil, as I found it was a little dry. Very good microwaved for lunch the next day!

    • louie734 on July 17, 2017

      What a great dish to make when you want something a bit hearty but it's just too hot to do much more than boil water. Or make ahead - the pesto was done before I even thought about boiling water for pasta; I could have done it hours ahead. Instead of long noodles, I used campanelle, which caught all the little bits of pesto inside and was just perfect. Leftovers were great too - afraid of cauli-mush, I microwaved till just barely hot, which kept the texture, but I'd bet that had more to do with the almonds. Loved this.

    • cpauldin on January 25, 2014

      Very unusual but very tasty! The pesto is thicker than a typical green pesto but coats the pasta well. It's the kind of pasta dish you find that you want to keep eating! Reheats well.

  • Peach dumplings with bourbon hard sauce

    • Rutabaga on August 14, 2016

      Absolutely delicious! I used overripe peaches which were just past their prime for eating out of hand, but worked very well here. Because my kitchen was so warm and I was managing multiple tasks, I was a little concerned when the dough started to stick to the counter after having been rolled out. Fortunately, the all-butter crust did not let me down. Mine may not have been the prettiest dumplings, but the crust was flaky and fork tender. The hard sauce it the perfect accompaniment. I used Oregon Whipper Snapper whisky in place of bourbon.

  • Apple cider caramels

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      Made for Thanksgiving. They were too good to bring to Thanksgiving. Hoarded them shamelessly. Made again for Christmas. Was very stingy with them - but at least didn't keep them all! (Stir very well after adding the salt. The first batch had some caramels that were too salty. Using Maldon salt gave me a solid flake - even crunch - of salt at the very end of the melt-in-your-mouth sensation. If this isn't what you want, be stingier with it than the recipe suggests.)

    • Barb_N on November 26, 2015

      I made these for Thanksgiving dinner, along with another caramel recipe from Food52. The flavor is intensely apple but due to the technique (and maybe the large amount of butter), these did not hold their shape at room temperature like the others. They were also greasy. The cider is reduced to a syrup then the sugar butter and cream are all added at once then brought to 155 degrees. I am no food scientist but I think you need to boil the sugar mixture before adding the butter or cream in order for the candy to set. I have another half gallon of cider so I may play with the technique to improve the texture.

  • Coffee toffee

    • jzanger on January 08, 2013

      On SK.com Deb has mentioned a correction to this recipe as printed: "The butter listed in sticks/tablespoons is incorrect — it says 8 tablespoons and it should be 16, or 2 sticks. (The weights in the parentheses are correct for the larger, correct amount.)"

  • Alex's chocolate raspberry rugelach

    • louie734 on January 02, 2016

      This recipe with a different filling - apricot jam, finely chopped pecans, and cinnamon sugar - was perfect on my Christmas cookie tray this year. Baked up perfect - the instruction to move the cookies to the rack while still hot is genius - it leaves behind all the messy looking caramelized sugar that melts out. Sprinkled with sanding sugar. A favorite!

    • Boffcat on February 24, 2017

      I feel the chopped chocolate is a hindrance in this recipe: it makes the rugelach quite messy, and difficult to cut into wedges. Having said that, the rugelach were tasty (we scoffed the lot while they were still warm), and would be worth trying with other fillings.

  • All butter, really flaky pie dough

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      This is most definitely not the best all-butter pie crust recipe out there. Wasn't nearly flaky enough for my taste.

  • Blueberry cornmeal butter cake

    • RosieB on March 05, 2017

      Great tasting and very easy cake to make. The cumble topping elevates it from ordinary to great.

    • robinorig on June 28, 2015

      This is one of the best coffee cakes I've made. I love the crunch of the cornmeal in the topping. This recipe would be just as good with other berries or stone fruits or even chocolate. This one's a keeper!

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      This is a fantastic simple snacking cake. Came together quite easily and tastes great! Not much effort but people are wowed by it.

  • Smoky deviled eggs with crisped jamón and crushed Marconas

    • stockholm28 on April 20, 2014

      i generally am not a big fan of deviled eggs, but I really liked these. The crisp ham ( I used prosciutto) and marconas were really nice.

  • Spaghetti squash and black bean tacos with queso fresco

    • louie734 on January 29, 2013

      One very small, or 1/2 regular size squash makes enough for tacos to serve 4.

    • vinochic on October 30, 2013

      for me this was just okay. overall we found it to be bland. maybe adding a little spice to the beans would help...

    • monica107 on January 25, 2014

      I made the spaghetti squash component in advance, making this a super quick and easy meal. I found some storebought taco sauce to be a great addition, since I wanted a little more spice.

    • hsteel on June 04, 2017

      I had a spaghetti squash kicking around, so I made this for lunch today. It was really good. I made double the lime mixture and mixed half with the squash and half with the beans. Used lots of cilantro in both. Because some of the comments said it was a little bland, I made a quick pico de gaillo with cherry/grape tomatoes and red onion. All together it was a real flavour punch. The only thing I don't like about using black beans is that they tend to fall all over the place. I might lightly mash them next time.

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      overall, a good idea, but the result is very meh. Seriously lacking in the flavor department as written. Fortunately that's easy to fix.

  • Almond and sweet cherry galette

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      Great flavors here. Easy execution. I used Rainier cherries, so of course the color faded a bit with cooking, but still tasted delicious. For presentation purposes alone next time I will use regular Bing cherries. Would definitely make again!

  • Grapefruit olive oil pound cake

    • louie734 on February 21, 2013

      This was really very good, so grapefruity, looking forward to making it again.

    • Astrid5555 on February 17, 2013

      Very grapefruity and a little tangy-ideal for citrus lovers. Omitted the glaze, still very good. Mine was finished after 30 minutes in the oven instead of 45-60 as stated in the recipe, probably due to my dark loaf pan.

    • Rutabaga on May 02, 2016

      I actually found the grapefruit flavor very subtle. In future, I'd try doubling the amount of syrup, as the cake, while not too dry by any means, wasn't quite as moist as I expected. While it wasn't overly dark, perhaps 45 minutes in the oven really was too much, so next time I will check it sooner. My husband quite liked it, especially since he prefers a more subtle taste of grapefruit.

  • White chocolate pudding with blackberry curd

    • wmcurella on December 31, 2012

      I absolutely could not get this pudding to set. The instructions were a bit confusing (do I really need to use a whisk, a rubber spatula, AND a spoon for this?), and after chilling I ended up with a skin of expensive white chocolate on top of a glass of milk, with a puddle of cornstarch glued to the bottom of the cup. The curd was OK, but I've made better blackberry curd with not much more effort.

  • Gooey cinnamon squares

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      Way over-the-top. Speaking of top, the topping is awesome. The recipe as written is only for large gatherings - a tiny piece is rich enough to be a serving. Will have to try halving and baking in an 8x8.

    • gastronom on December 24, 2012

      Very rich and surprisingly sweet. Over the top to me. One-inch squares are the largest pieces many folks could enjoy.

    • WFPLCleanEating on July 15, 2016

      Not really my kind of dessert - very sweet with none of the things I like in a dessert (nuts, chocolate or fruit) so it won't be one I repeat. Went down well with some in the group and I imagine it would be good for a party as one 9x13 tray cut into 1" squares makes a lot of dessert. The texture is interesting with a sponge base and a gooey topping and then a caramelized cinnamon crunch on top. - Jane

  • Mom's apple cake

    • Astrid5555 on October 02, 2016

      After watching DP last week on Facebook making this cake, I finally gave it a try and it did not disappoint at all. Love the fact that no stand mixer is needed. Just combine wet and dry ingredients, add apples and that's it. Only made 3/4 of the recipe, still produced a very large cake that can easily feed 12+ people.

  • Tiny but intense chocolate cake

    • Lepa on July 17, 2017

      This is my go-to recipe for chocolate cake. It's the perfect size for my family of four. We always eat it with berries and fresh whipped cream. This has ruined me for every other chocolate cake.

  • S'more layer cake

    • SHerlihy on December 06, 2012

      So good! I made three 8" layers instead of the two 9" layers called for in the recipe (reduce baking time to 25-30 minutes). I doubled the ganache and had extra, frosting amounts were fine as is.

    • jzanger on July 16, 2014

      This made a very fun Summer birthday cake! I did make 1.5x the frosting and that turned out to be just the right amount or else I wouldn't have been able to make the decorative top. Used Guittard milk chocolate and it was a great filling.

  • Red wine velvet cake with whipped mascarpone

    • Boffcat on February 24, 2017

      Deep, rich, moist and generally delicious - you can taste the alcohol. The mascarpone is a lovely contrast but a bit too sweet; I now halve the sugar.

  • Slow-cooker black bean ragout

    • monica107 on January 26, 2014

      This is basically a recipe to cook black beans in a slow cooker - nothing too special. Next time I would double all the spices - this did not come out at all spicy. With some cooked rice, an easy meal that will cook without much effort. Prep time was only around 15 min.

  • Chocolate silk pie

    • robinelizabethleslie on April 08, 2014

      The filling for this pie is wooonderful! Relatively easy as well, but without a stand mixer it would be more taxing. I was worried the sugar wouldn't melt into the butter and eggs, but after 15 minutes of whipping, the mixture was smooth as silk. I used a flakey all-butter piecrust, so I can't comment on the chocolate wafer crust, though I'm sure its delicious.

    • SACarlson on July 27, 2015

      I made this for a dinner party and my guests weren't talking while eating this--just making little yummy noises. The texture is amazing and it is super rich. I did make the chocolate wafer crust and would do so again even though I had to make the chocolate wafers first (they aren't available in the UK!). If you're using homemade chocolate wafers, you might be able to cut down the butter in the crust a bit, as the wafers themselves contain quite a lot of butter.

  • Olive oil ricotta cake with Concord grape coulis

    • alisonkc on January 21, 2014

      I've made this several times, it's a really great cake to bring for an occasion where you don't want something too sweet. (Presence of other desserts, work birthday celebration happening in the AM, etc.) I typically slice it in half and fill it with a jam I make that's a blueberry & apple base infused with fennel, peppercorn and bay leaf. Also tasted great with a strawberry balsamic jam.

    • Prim on September 09, 2013

      Excellent cake, very moist and flavorful. I increased the lemon zest to 1 tablespoon and added 8 plums, halved and pitted, cut side down, to the top of the batter. I had to increase the baking time to 45 min.

  • Baked potato crisps with the works

    • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

      These are so addictive. Perfect for setting out at parties; if you only make the whole batch for a few people, I warn you, you'll spend the evening shoveling them into your mouth. Delicious!!

    • louie734 on January 07, 2014

      Potato-nachos, with American flavors instead of Tex-Mex. Such a simple idea. We make these often (using less melted butter) and top them with whatever's in the fridge - shreds of leftover ham, any-cheese, pesto or aioli. They're dinner with a salad.

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    The 2013 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks winner vs. Aran Goyoaga's Small Plates and Sweet Treats

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  • Seattle Weekly

    In the The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Perelman gives readers more recipes, about 100 of them, of approachable food, that is as comforting as it is creative.

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  • Eats Well with Others

    The book itself is filled with wonder, each recipe looking more delicious than the next.

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  • Oregonian

    In the 50 years since its publication, Julia Child's classic "MAFC" has sold 2 million copies. Deb Perelman's food blog, Smitten Kitchen, gets about that many page views in an average week.

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  • Annie's Eats

    Just as she does in her blog, Deb provides mouth-watering recipes combined with approachable and witty prose. I want to make about 98% of the recipes in this book...

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  • Boston Globe by T. Susan Chang

    ...Perelman describes her approach: “A lot of comfort foods stepped up a bit.” These reinventions may not be the last word in novelty..but a way of embracing interesting shortcuts and substitutions.

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  • Serious Eats

    And while the recipes stick to Perelman's general ourve (vibrant yet comforting meals) the featured dishes are (for the most part) unique to the book. ...many are excellent weeknight solutions...

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  • Joy the Baker

    The recipes are everything you’d want them to be: simple, creative, thorough, well-done home cooking. Every page inspires me.

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  • ISBN 10 030759565X
  • ISBN 13 9780307595652
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 30 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Knopf

Publishers Text

The long-awaited cookbook by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen—home cook, photographer, and celebrated food blogger.

Deb Perelman loves to cook. She isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner—she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, for special occasions—and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad?

So Deb founded her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor can—and should—be delicious . . .  every time. Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to creating and finding the best of the best and adapting the recipes for the everyday cook.

And now, with the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Deb presents her first cookbook: more than 100 recipes—almost entirely new, plus a few favorites from the site—all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful color photographs.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is all about approachable, uncompromised home cooking. Here you’ll find better uses for your favorite vegetables: asparagus blanketing a pizza; ratatouille dressing up a sandwich; cauliflower masquerading as pesto. These are recipes you’ll bookmark and use so often they become your own, recipes you’ll slip to a friend who wants to impress her new in-laws, and recipes with simple ingredients that yield amazing results in a minimum amount of time. Deb tells you her favorite summer cocktail; how to lose your fear of cooking for a crowd; and the essential items you need for your own kitchen. From salads and slaws that make perfect side dishes (or a full meal) to savory tarts and galettes; from Mushroom Bourguignon to Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake, Deb knows just the thing for a Tuesday night, or your most special occasion.



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