A Recipe for Cooking by Cal Peternell

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  • Belgian endive and smoked cod salad with beets and walnut vinaigrette

    • consortiumlibrary on March 19, 2017

      Great combination of flavors - smoky, earthy, nutty, & tangy - I will definitely make again. I simplified it by buying smoked black cod (instead of smoking it myself as directed in the recipe) and by cutting beets into chunks instead of puréeing them. I might purée when I make this again, if I have more time (tho beet chunks added a great deal to the salad). I also used pistachios instead of walnuts - I loved the look of green pistachios against beets. For next time: use all sherry vinegar instead of half red vinegar called for by recipe. The recipe is online here: http://www.image.ie/life/article/cook-belgian-endive-smoked-cod-salad-beets-walnut-vinaigrette/

  • Spicy ground pork with ginger, lime, peppers, and green beans

    • infotrop on January 11, 2018

      A good suggestion to fry a little patty of the pork mixture so you can taste and adjust seasonings. I added more heat. I served over rice and skipped the green beans and served with roasted tomatoes with a light pesto topping. That added some moisture to the plate.

    • Kduncan on December 21, 2018

      Even doubling the spices in the mixture, we found it didn't have that much taste (my taster pork mixture seemed okay, but overall it was bland). Other than that it was easy to prep and cook. Probably won't cook again.

    • Totallywired on February 11, 2019

      More than the sum of its parts, resulting in pork that is deeply flavoured, with good lingering heat. The sort of thing you forget you have in the fridge and then keep helping yourself to more.

  • Grilled asparagus with homemade pancetta and hazelnut salsa

    • Kduncan on May 14, 2019

      Great recipe. The pancetta and hazelnut salsa is great. As we had less asparagus then the recipe called for, I ended up at the end just eating the salsa out of the bowl. I have no regrets.

  • Eggplant salad two ways: boiled eggplant batons with lemon, pine nuts, and mint

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Interesting texture and good side. Felt it was missing an ingredient - probably craving coconut milk or something sweet in a Thai style.

  • Fish with crisp skin, celery root puree, and celery and lemon salsa

    • Totallywired on December 09, 2018

      Fabulous. Weigh down method worked perfectly on the fish (pickerel) which cooked evenly aided by a butter baste. I chose to purée the celery root in some of its liquid instead of butter, and used whole milk to round out the cream as I had it on hand. The celery salad provided great texture and deepened the primary flavours. Delicious, simple, satisfying.

  • Chou farci, or chicken stuffed all up in a cabbage leaf

    • Totallywired on August 06, 2019

      Terrific. Leftovers keep and reheat well. Served with Hazan's tomato sauce - perfect.

  • Yogurt-fried black pepper chicken

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Delicious and easy fried chicken. Made with thighs. Would rest on a rack vs. paper towels, latter leads to soggy texture on the resting side.

  • Duck cooked two ways: pan-roasted breast with sweet spices and leg braised with orange zest and bay leaves

    • Totallywired on March 21, 2019

      Used the method and (some of) the ingredients to prepare duck legs. Always have found roasted legs to be tough but this method solves that, plus allows for crispy skin. A good confit alternative.

  • Corn soup with roasted red pepper and wild mushrooms

    • KevinSeattle on September 10, 2021

      The Corn Soup with Roasted Peppers and Mushroom was easy and really outstanding. But the good news is that the soup itself, without the garnishes, is profoundly good and fresh tasting and would be worth while on its own. The leftovers 2 days later still tasted right off the cob. I would like to try this with other garnishes, too. You could dress up this soup easily, or make it homey. Used Foraged and Found lobster mushrooms and a ripe Aleppo pepper from the garden.

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    The 2017 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, First Round: A Recipe for Cooking vs. Taste & Technique

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    You can judge often judge how essential (and versatile) a cookbook is based on their sauce/pantry/staples chapter. ...this chapter includes two exceptional sauces...

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  • ISBN 10 0062427865
  • ISBN 13 9780062427861
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  • Published Oct 25 2016
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 352
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher William Morrow Cookbooks

Publishers Text

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small.

Twelve Recipes provided the basic techniques and recipes for essential home cooking. Now, A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level.

Cal Peternell gives you everything you need to cook for big get-togethers, holiday feasts, family occasions, and for a special dinner for two. He organizes the recipes by season to help cooks plan their meals from first bite to last—how a meal should start, what should be the main attraction, what should be served alongside, and how to choose the perfect finish.

Illustrated with charming color photos and drawings, A Recipes for Cooking offers a range of delicious, easy-to-master fare: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios; Fish and Shellfish Soup; Rolled Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Olives and Herbs; Lasagna Bolognese; Belgian Endive Gratin with Gruyere and Prosciutto; and a Blood Orange and Buttermilk Tart. Each of Cal's recipes utilizes the freshest, most delicious ingredients of each season.

Here are meals to share with close family and good friends—to laugh, drink, and cook with—as well as dishes that give you some quiet time in the kitchen, slicing, seasoning, and simmering. With food to make introductions, to commemorate, to celebrate, even, on occasion, to gently instigate, A Recipe for Cooking is Cal Peternell at his wittiest, warmest, and most inspiring.



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