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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

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  • Spaghetti pangrattato with crispy eggs

    • louie734 on January 18, 2018

      Bastardized this a bit... noticing that my thin pasta needed 6 minutes, I opted to throw an egg in with the noodles to soft-boil. Used the meantime to sauté lots of garlic in olive oil and chili flakes. Breadcrumbs, parsley, and perched the egg on top, breaking it just before serving. YEAH.

    • hirsheys on May 18, 2018

      I enjoyed this, though I think I'd like it better with more acid and with more emphasis on the lemon (and less on the rosemary). The concept is amazing for a pantry meal, though, so I'm going to fiddle with it.

    • Jenny on January 06, 2018

      We loved this dish - my crowd doesn't like fried eggs (they are weird). The breadcrumbs were outstanding --- I loved the capers. I reserved a good cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

    • Lepa on October 31, 2017

      We liked this. I frequently make Mark Bittman's fried eggs with spaghetti and made this a bit like I make that dish. I fried the eggs right before the pasta was done and the whites had barely set then threw the pasta, capers, cheese and some pasta water in with the eggs and tossed it. This makes a creamy sauce that my family adores. I thought the breadcrumbs really made this dish shine but my husband preferred it without so you may want to serve them on the side. These were especially delicious breadcrumbs, by the way. I sprinkled some on my green beans and it improved those immensely.

    • Bsiminitz12 on August 31, 2018

      One of our absolute favorite recipes in a pinch. We double the breadcrumb mixture because we just can’t get enough of it. We’ve also enjoyed it with gluten-free corn pasta, which was a nice touch (it’s also good with penne!).

  • Roasted tomato picnic sandwich

    • Jane on August 03, 2018

      Although this is called a picnic sandwich I think it is better warm so maybe only for picnics nearby! Of course it can also be eaten at home - it would be good with pre-dinner drinks. I used pre-roasted tomatoes so that cut down the prep time and subbed well-drained feta for pecorino romano. It will be a repeat - tomatoes, olives, feta and oregano will always be good for me.

    • Rutabaga on September 22, 2018

      We ate this sandwich warm from the oven rather than bringing it on a picnic. The filling is delicious when made as written, but I can imagine a number of other fillings that would be wonderful, too (pesto, prosciutto, caramelized onions, roast vegetables, etc). The dough was very thin when stretched to fit a half sheet pan. This wasn't a problem, but I think I'd prefer a somewhat thicker layer of bread for a little more chew, which could be managed by either making a smaller sandwich or by making additional dough.

  • A dense, grainy daily bread

    • Jane on January 31, 2018

      My photo is a good illustration of what goes wrong with bread when you don't follow the recipe. I made up a batch of this bread then set it aside to rise. About 8 hours later I realized I had missed out the beer. The dough was very stiff but I decided to incorporate it anyway and see how it baked up. Since I now had a half bottle of beer and a bit less than half a packet of the grain cereal I decided to make another batch. The 1st batch had not risen much after 48 hrs and turned out a heavy dense loaf. The 2nd batch (which had more white flour to make up for less grain cereal) rose much more before and during baking - it was an inch taller. The second bread was much tastier - not as dense and more flavorful. This is a dense bread but I like that. My only issue is that I live alone and she says the bread only is good the first day. Though she suggests freezing it in thin slices. I usually have Ezekial bread in the freezer (which costs about $7 a loaf) so this will be a good alternative.

    • hirsheys on May 18, 2018

      This was a fail for me, but I'm not sure I gave it it's best shot. I ended up having to store it in the fridge for a full day after its 48 hour rise on the counter, and I think it was still a bit cold when it went in the oven. It took far longer to reach 196 degrees than 90 minutes, and even at 196, was a bit gluey inside. The taste wasn't bad, but it also wasn't great. I may try again without the beer next time and rise it for the right amount of time, but I may also just give up on it.

    • stockholm28 on March 09, 2018

      I liked the concept of this bread, but felt the beer taste was too dominant; it overpowered the grains. I used Bob’s Red Mill 10 grain cereal, whole wheat flour, and topped with a mix of sesame and poppy seeds. Since I have some of the cereal left, I might try it again with a substitute for the beer.

    • sosayi on May 16, 2018

      This was... fine. I like dense, grainy breads, but something about the flavor of this wasn't for me. Maybe the beer like stockholm28 suggested? I like beer bread, but I think maybe not in this context. I'll eat it, as it makes a lot and I've saved it sliced in the freezer as suggested, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to make it again.

  • Smoky sheet pan chicken with cauliflower

    • Jane on January 31, 2018

      I’m hesitant to give this a review as I was missing two ingredients - green olives and red peppers. I found this dish rather bland and I’m sure the extra ingredients would help. This is a perfectly OK and easy weeknight dinner- I just feel I have other similar recipes I like more (like Melissa Clark’s Harissa chicken with leeks potatoes and yogurt).

    • FJT on May 16, 2018

      This was ok but nothing special even with the optional chorizo.

    • Zosia on January 27, 2018

      Vinegar, olives and red peppers lifted the flavour of what at first appeared to be a fairly standard smoked paprika flavoured chicken tray bake. My favourite (so far) of all the ones I've tried. The only change I made was to add the cauliflower about 10 minutes into the roasting so it wouldn't scorch.

    • Frogcake on March 10, 2018

      I got distracted and added an extra tablespoon of vinegar to the marinade. Too late to turn back, I went ahead and slathered the marinade on the chicken. Worked out well -it was tangy and delicious. This is a nice pan dinner to pack into portions for kids at university as a break from residence food. Also a great, quick recipe for students cooking for themselves. Definitely worth repeating.

    • lenode on March 11, 2018

      Made with the chorizo as recommended, and that really took it to the next level for a chicken sheet pan dish.

    • Dannausc on January 06, 2018

      It was fairly quick and easy and quite tasty. Worth a repeat.

  • Garden gin and tonic with cucumber, lime, and mint

    • Jane on July 29, 2018

      I've recently started using cucumber slices in G&Ts since getting into Hendrick's gin. This is a lovely extension of that - the combination of mint, cucumber and lime is very summery and refreshing.

    • caitmcg on May 24, 2018

      This is a delicious and refreshing gin and tonic, and one I'll keep making through the warm months. I didn't assemble it in quite the order written, adding the gin to the muddled cucumber and mint and returning to add the ice, tonic, and lime around 10 minutes later, and this small break allowed the fresh flavors to infuse the gin to good effect, so I'll repeat it.

  • Kale Caesar with broken eggs and crushed croutons

    • westminstr on March 12, 2018

      This was a good salad, very pantry friendly with the panko and with the eggs (2 each cooked in the IP) and bread on the side, was enough for dinner.

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Love kale and this recipe didn't disappoint.

    • hirsheys on May 06, 2018

      I made this with baby spinach (what I had) and it was great. With the eggs and the breadcrumbs, the salad is really quite special and super easy if you have greens and a lemon in your fridge. For future reference, I prefer this dressing with the smaller amount of lemon juice (1 T) and a relatively light amount of garlic.

    • Zosia on November 02, 2017

      Family and I really enjoyed this and despite having a few components, it was quite quick to prepare. I used thinly sliced curly kale in place of baby kale as recommended and dressed it well in advance of serving to soften it. A half batch of dressing was enough for the full amount of kale.

    • Rutabaga on March 04, 2018

      The "cheater" caesar dressing here is a great match for kale, and I loved the addition of panko crumbs. Since the rest of the family aren't "jammy" egg fans, I kept those aside for my own salad. My baby kale was quite robust (nothing like the delicate leaves featured in the cookbook photo), so I used almost the full amount of dressing, adding it ahead of time to soften it. My husband isn't a big kale fan, but he loved this salad, and even my six-year-old ate his (very) small portion with minimal fuss.

    • Lepa on October 27, 2017

      This is the first recipe I tried in this eagerly-anticipated book and it didn't disappoint! I scaled the recipe down a bit because I was eating alone. I used a whole bunch of kale but only half the dressing and one egg. It was perfect for one- and so, so delicious!

    • rionafaith on November 05, 2017

      Great easy salad. I served alongside a pan-seared steak, but this could also be a light meal on its own.

    • Lesliehauser on January 27, 2018

      Really is the best kale salad!

    • BeckyLeJ on March 08, 2018

      This was good and quite satisfying as a dinner salad.

    • Cgautier on January 01, 2018

      I made this twice the first week I bought the book. Yum.

  • Fennel, pear, celery, and hazelnut salad

    • westminstr on January 16, 2018

      Delicious! I reduced the lemon. Can reduce the hazelnuts too as neither kid liked them. A little more parm wouldn't hurt either. But regardless this is a great salad.

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Another salad for my work lunches. Delicious!

  • Carrot salad with tahini, crisped chickpeas, and salted pistachios

    • westminstr on March 26, 2018

      I liked this salad pretty well, even though (1) my chickpeas never really crisped; and (2) the kids wouldn't eat it. I really enjoyed the pistachios here. Best served with other middle eastern flavors.

    • Rutabaga on December 11, 2017

      This was good, but not a "wow" dish to me. Ultimately, though, it's a nice hearty salad made with ingredients I usually keep on hand, and I can see how trying out some variations could be really fun. How about adding Aleppo pepper, feta, mint, or pomegranate? Or a variation on the dressing using lime juice instead of lemon? It's worth coming back to for the endless possibilities for a healthful, quick supper.

    • Bryan on February 10, 2018

      https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/05/carrot-salad-with-tahini-and-crisped-chickpeas/

  • Crispy tofu and broccoli with sesame-peanut pesto

    • westminstr on March 12, 2018

      I really liked the crispy tofu and think it can go on a single sheet pan with the broccoli. O tried one bite and E wouldn't eat it. E wouldn't eat the roasted broccoli either. Sauce was thick and salty as written but I thinned w some water and added another 1/4 tsp brown sugar and in the end was happy with it. I blended in the nuts and seeds but some use them as toppings instead and I may try that. Served w rice - I didn't need it but T definitely did. So it needs some tweaks to really work for us, but was a good veg meal, one that is worth tweaking.

    • hirsheys on May 13, 2018

      I made a few quick edits to the recipe based on Chowhound/EYB feedback and ended up enjoying it. My main difference was that I added a bit more sweetener (I used some of the honey powder I bought for Koreatown a few months back) and a few splashes of boiling water after I'd ground up the pesto a bit to help puree/thin it out even more. I far prefer it cold - in the future I'll definitely plan to eat it this way on purpose.

    • ksg518 on March 20, 2018

      I'm in the minority because I thought this was barely OK. I wonder if I just needed more sauce although I didn't skimp on the amounts. It was fairly bland - enough that I kept thinking chicken would have been better than the tofu but obviously that would defeat the purpose. This won't be a repeat.

    • stef on December 08, 2017

      This was good. Nice and quick to make. It was the first time ever I've made tofu at home. Dh liked it and said it's a repeat.

    • Bryan on February 10, 2018

      https://cookbookreview.blog/2017/12/30/crispy-tofu-and-broccoli-with-sesame-peanut-pesto-by-deb-perelman/

    • Lepa on October 28, 2017

      This was pretty good. We ate it over brown rice. My son liked the broccoli in this dish. My pesto was drier than the pesto in the picture. I think a thicker sauce like the picture might be better so I might tweak the recipe to make it more saucy next time.

    • clcorbi on November 29, 2017

      Well, we thought this was excellent. Per a comment I saw on CH, I omitted both the peanuts and sesame seeds from my pesto and used them as a mix-in instead. I also pan-fried the tofu just because my baking sheet was getting too crowded. Yum. We were both so pleased with the result and I would make this again.

    • rionafaith on October 31, 2017

      I ignored the fact that this calls specifically for low-sodium soy sauce and used regular, and it ended up quite salty. So yeah, be sure to use low-sodium and/or don't season the broccoli too aggressively. Other than that, this is a far cry from the cold sesame noodles Deb cites as inspiration, but it's pretty good. Vegan, too.

    • lizbot2000 on April 02, 2018

      This was a nice weeknight meal. I watered down the sauce some and added medium-boiled eggs and multigrain rice to make a bowl out of it. It ended up being super filling.

    • sosayi on May 11, 2018

      We really enjoyed this dish and prepped in advance this is a ridiculously quick weeknight dinner. Served over black rice noodles (I was fine without, but the husband needs a starch) and they combined beautifully with the sauce. I’d definitely make this again; this sauce would taste good on anything.

    • BeckyLeJ on February 25, 2018

      This is really good. The sauce is what makes it, honestly, but it’s tasty and hearty enough to satisfy a non vegetarian for sure! One note, and I was fortunate enough to make this for a girls’ night with a vegetarian friend, do not buy silken tofu even if it is labeled “firm.” Because you have to press the liquid out of the tofu and then bake it crispy, the silken stuff just won’t work at all.

  • One-pan farro with tomatoes

    • westminstr on January 09, 2018

      This recipe seems like such a good idea, but I have tried it on my family twice, and they just don't like it.

    • southerncooker on March 18, 2018

      This can be served as a main or as a side. We served it as a side to some chicken. Daughter and I loved son not so much and the others wouldn't try it. My first time eating farro. I thought it tasted similar to barley.

    • hirsheys on May 06, 2018

      Tasty. This is nice and substantial and has a good chew to it. This worked with Trader Joe's 10 min farro (I cooked it for a little less than 30 mins - just until the water was absorbed.)

    • Zosia on November 30, 2017

      Remarkably good for how few ingredients and little effort it took. I used previously caramelized onions instead of raw but otherwise followed the recipe as written. This will definitely be made again.

    • bwhip on December 31, 2017

      This was really good, and quite simple to throw together. Nice depth of flavor, and the farro gives it a really substantial texture. Could be used as a side or a main.

    • purrviciouz on July 25, 2018

      I am always hesitant to put everything in the pot and start boiling. I'm so used to browning onions, adding garlic, de-glazing, etc but this really turned out wonderful and was so super easy and fast. I used chicken stock instead of water and added cooked shredded chicken in the last 5 minutes.

  • Chicken and rice, street cart style

    • westminstr on May 10, 2018

      Like everyone else, we really enjoyed this. I did 1.5 pounds of boneless thighs with the full amount of marinade (marinated overnight), otherwise followed instructions, and the chicken was delicious! We skipped the rice and served w pita. I made my own garlic yogurt sauce instead of the one in the book, and my own salad (romaine w cucumber & tomato, dressed w olive oil & lemon juice). I did follow instructions for the easy hot sauce. Everything together made a great meal. O loved it, E would have preferred her chicken plain (but loved the salad). I don't think anyone missed the rice.

    • hirsheys on May 19, 2018

      I give this version the slight edge to the very similar and yummy Halal chicken from Serious Eats, though the rice from the Serious Eats recipe is far superior, in my opinion. I didn't love the flavor of this one and it came out mushy. Next time I will use that recipe for the rice (and use a rice cooker to make it.) The rest of the dish is pretty similar, honestly, though this marinade is easier (no blending involved) and I preferred this white sauce. I may add a small amount of garlic next time (per chowhound). I also thought that the mixture of harissa and hot sauce really made the dish.

    • mrsmadam on August 27, 2018

      This was spot on! Even the chicken-averse SO raved. He devoured the salad. Well, actually he devoured everything. I made a half recipe for the two of us and yes, there was more rice leftover than chicken but I won't change a thing next time.

    • EmilyR on January 28, 2018

      Brought me back home to NYC. The amount of rice is massive and could likely be halved. Although the quantity was very plentiful, it wasn't a heavy meal. I appreciate how it's flexible and adaptable to whomever is mixing it together and their individual preferences. The white sauce is deceptive, because it seems like there's cheese somewhere, which is a good thing. I used chicken breast as preference.

    • stockholm28 on March 09, 2018

      I loved this dish and it will definitely be repeated. It takes a bit too long for a weeknight dinner as you cook the chicken and rice in the same pan, but not at the same time. I agree that it makes a massive amount of rice and I would cut the rice down next time.

    • stef on May 03, 2018

      We loved it. Two changes. Marinated chicken thighs went on a sheet pan and baked in a 400f oven for 20 minutes, nice and tender. I sauteed the olive oil and spices in my instant pot, then put in 1 cup of rice and 2 1/4 cups stock, 8 minutes on pressure cook quick release, rice came out well and just the right amount for us. Will be repeated often.

    • ddenker on February 12, 2018

      We loved this dish and want to make it again. We halved the rice (which was a good move), but made the mistake of making too much chicken (2.5 lbs) and think we should only do 1-1.5 lbs in the future. We would also like to make half the sauce. Then again, we have a three year old and one year old who aren’t really helping us tackle the amount of food we cook up every night! Flavors of the chicken were great and the sauce was delicious.

    • clcorbi on November 13, 2017

      Yum. Deb has hit the nail on the head with this one. In fact, the result was better than any street cart chicken I've ever had. I was so pleasantly surprised that the white sauce really tasted like the kind I've had on my street cart gyros before! I let my chicken marinate for three hours and the flavor was very nicely developed. This recipe makes a large amount of rice. I chose not to wipe my pan out before cooking the rice, and instead incorporated the chicken fat and little crispy bits into the rice grains as they toasted. I would do that again because the result was super chicken-y and rich tasting. I agree with Deb's head note that this would be a good dish to serve at a party, since you can heap the components on a platter and it's virtually guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

    • averythingcooks on August 23, 2018

      We really enjoyed this and I will definitely make it again. I halved the amount of rice and, after toasting the rice & spices in the chicken pan, added the broth and poured it all into my rice cooker. I also halved the white sauce and added minced garlic. My only issue (or question I guess) is how "around 6 boneless chicken thighs" weigh 2 pounds? I had 4 thighs to use up and added a chicken breast to bring the meat to JUST over 1 pound. I also used the full amount of marinade for this quantity. I've made a note in the book (yes - I do write in my books :) so it's not a huge deal for the future but still curious re: this notation in the ingredient list.

    • sosayi on May 03, 2018

      Chiming in to say this dish was also a hit in our house. A few changes: rice cooked in rice cooker (with brown basmati), which worked well; used 1.25 lbs chicken breast, but with same amount of marinade; doubled both sauces; combined chopped tomato, onion and cilantro into a quasi salsa, and used to top the lettuce. Pita seems superfluous here, but maybe if you cut down on rice amounts, it would be needed.

    • anya_sf on September 11, 2018

      My family loved this so much, they ate *all* the chicken. I made extra rice, but we didn't end up needing it, even though we didn't have pita bread. We could have used more sauce, which we poured on everything. I used 2 pans: one for rice, one for chicken. Next time I'll try the rice cooker for the rice and use less broth so it's fluffier. I added cucumber to the salad and omitted the onion. Everything benefited from extra salt.

    • Dannausc on January 21, 2018

      Sooo good! My wife and I both loved this dish! Too much food for 4 people, easily feeds 6.

  • Golden vanilla cake

    • westminstr on April 30, 2018

      I used this recipe to make a dozen cupcakes (with the chocolate buttercream frosting also from this book). They turned out great! Basically exactly what you would want yellow cake w chocolate frosting to be. Baked for 18 minutes in my slow oven.

    • stef on May 12, 2018

      Took my cake about 10 minutes longer to turn golden. I used vanilla yogurt instead of buttermilk. It was nice and moisted, iced with the cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. Will repeat when I need something fast and it used 1 bowl only.

  • Chocolate buttercream frosting

    • westminstr on April 30, 2018

      I think this is the first time I ever made buttercream frosting. I don't usually like frosting (often scrape it off my cake) but found this one to be delicious. I have half the batch leftover for more cupcakes.

  • Perfect blueberry muffins

    • vickster on August 06, 2018

      Very good - I agree with other comments. Not too sweet, don't rise very much, a more dense texture than I am used to for muffins. I added the larger amount of blueberries. They are delicious and I will make again.

    • southerncooker on March 18, 2018

      These were indeed very good. I liked them even better the next day split, buttered and toasted in the oven under the broiler as suggested by Deb. I got 12 small muffins instead of 9. I used frozen blueberries which she said was ok. I'm going to try them with fresh as well. I went a little easy on the turbinado, next time I'll use the full teaspoon per muffin.

    • hirsheys on May 14, 2018

      I was really impressed with these, as was everyone at work. The lemon flavor is lovely and bright and the muffins aren't too sweet, even with the full teaspoon of crunchy sugar on top. I only had around 1 cup of blueberries, but I think these would be even better with the full amount.

    • Rutabaga on January 16, 2018

      These muffins are pretty much perfect, and very easy to make, too. For me, they're on par with the Dahlia Bakery recipe, which also produces excellent muffins. You can't go wrong with either recipe.

    • Rutabaga on August 01, 2018

      I made these again using all whole wheat pastry flour in place of white - still tender and light - excellent!

    • Lepa on November 05, 2017

      These were excellent! The batter is very stiff and doesn't rise much so it's fine to fill the cups; they won't overflow. I plan to make these frequently, as they were well received and especially easy to throw together.

    • Frogcake on December 09, 2017

      We really liked these muffins. It’s mandatory to use wild blueberries and In my opinion, the more berries, the better the muffin -So I added one and a half cups of berries. I also made six jumbo muffins instead of the nine. Loved the crunchy turbinado sugar on top!

    • Xyz123 on August 19, 2018

      Add blueberries AFTER mixing in the flour.

    • AndieEats on April 09, 2018

      Liked that these were not too sweet. Used frozen blueberries, and made 9. They stayed in the oven for almost 30 minutes to get golden brown on top and the batter cooked through. They didnt rise much, so would be okay to completely fill up the liners and mound the dough. Next time, fold in the flour before the blueberries - some raw flour got stuck in the berries and were still noticeable at the end.

  • Loaded breakfast potato skins

    • SheilaS on April 30, 2018

      I was hoping for a runny yolk but these were cooked through at 10 min. Next time I'll check sooner. Otherwise, I thought they were very good. Brushing the skins with melted butter makes them especially delicious.

    • southerncooker on January 08, 2018

      Delicious. I baked my potatoes the night before and scooped out the middles then continued with the recipe the next morning. I omitted the sour cream since I'm not a big fan.

    • hirsheys on April 28, 2018

      This came out yummy, though the recipe takes quite a while if you don't prebake the potatoes. I had one issue - I must have tilted the pan as I put it in the oven, because one of the eggs slid out of the potato, which meant it overcooked. Still, the flavors were all quite tasty. (I went much heavier on the scallions and would again...)

  • Olive oil shortbread with rosemary and chocolate chunks

    • caitmcg on May 24, 2018

      I liked the flavor of these, but I anticipated that because I've enjoyed an olive oil cake with rosemary and chocolate before. I used bittersweet chocolate in place of semisweet, and cut back the powdered sugar a smidge. The process of rolling the dough out and cutting it after baking makes it a simple recipe, but the freshly baked cookie is very fragile. I'll probably just add the extras to my usual shortbread recipe in future.

    • Tatiana131 on March 23, 2018

      I used half grapeseed oil and half olive oil, and for me it was probably a good call. These are very adult cookies, with olive oil mingling with rosemary, chocolate and salt. The first bite was not amazing, but they really grew on me with each bite until I polished off too many. Sneaky shortbread.

  • Fall-toush salad with delicata squash and Brussels sprouts

    • chriscooks on December 17, 2017

      I cheated making this and used part of a bag of baked pita chips (didn't add salt except for what was on the chips). It was very tasty, and good the next day. The delicata season seems to be ending so next time I'll try it with butternut squash.

    • clcorbi on November 13, 2017

      This is a fun take on a fattoush. The bright dressing works very nicely against the rich fall flavors of the brussels and squash. I found the roasting time to be a bit short for the brussels sprouts, but otherwise followed the directions as written. The leftovers hold up nicely, too, since both these vegetables are so sturdy.

    • Toomanybooks88 on January 14, 2018

      Made this with butternut pumpkin. Very tasty.

  • Granola biscotti

    • southerncooker on January 08, 2018

      Delicious. Prefect addition to your morning yogurt or for a snack with hot tea or coffee.

    • Bryan on February 10, 2018

      http://cooktildelicious.com/granola-biscotti/

    • Frenchfoodie on July 18, 2018

      Delicious. Like hobnobs but better, crumbly loveliness.

  • Jam-bellied bran scones

    • southerncooker on March 31, 2018

      I couldn't find wheat bran but wheat germ is available in all our local supermarkets. I did a Google search and found they are interchangeable in recipes. I also learned the bran is the husk and the germ is the kernal. The bran has more health benefits. I got exactly 10 scones and filled Half with blackberry jam and half with raspberry. I liked the Blackberry better.

    • Zosia on October 27, 2017

      Filled with maple jelly, even those not fond of bran muffins loved these. They didn't rise as high as some scones do but they were tender and had a nutty flavour and a bit of chew from the bran. My dark brown sugar was as solid as rock so I used light brown (while the dark brown softens for the next batch!)

    • Rutabaga on November 05, 2017

      The entire family loved these scones, although my six-year-old was a skeptical at first, probably because they didn't line up with his idea of what a biscuit should be. But he, too, was won over at first bite. Ours were filled with blackberry jam. The jam was a great companion to the flavor of the bran, and they were indeed tender and moist. These will definitely be added to the regular breakfast rotation.

    • Lepa on November 19, 2017

      These were good but they were more work than most scones and I'm not sure we liked them enough to justify the extra work. I filled them with raspberry jam, which was a nice flavor combination.

    • bwhip on October 28, 2017

      Made these this morning and they were very good. Nicely light compared to most scones. I toasted the wheat bran a bit before mixing, and mixed in fresh blackberries rather than using jam. Tasty!

  • Polenta-baked eggs with corn, tomato, and Fontina

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Delicious! I used stone ground grits.

    • BeckyLeJ on February 25, 2018

      Flavors were good, but I had some issues with this recipe that we’re totally my own fault: I used a narrower casserole dish, which caused the eggs to run into one another and create a solid layer of egg over the whole dish. By the time the egg whites had cooked, the yolks were also cooked completely through. Next time, I’ll use a shallow dish.

  • Flipped crispy egg taco with singed greens

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Quick easy breakfast and delicious too.

    • Zosia on February 04, 2018

      So simple yet so good. I used pre-washed baby kale and chard salad blend so there was virtually no prep required.

    • Rutabaga on October 31, 2017

      This is the kind of breakfast I go for - greens and eggs are a winning combination. I appreciate how fast this is to throw together, too. While I made a taco for myself, I served the kids plain eggs and bagels, and it all came together in under ten minutes. If you have it, some cotija or queso fresco would be a great addition.

    • Lepa on November 28, 2017

      I made this for a late post-run breakfast and it checked all my boxes: easy, nutritious and delicious!

    • Lepa on May 11, 2018

      I make this several times a week at home but just wanted to note that it is also an excellent meal to cook while camping!!

  • Brick hens with charred lemon

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Very tasty and the charred lemon juice is a perfect addition to the chicken.

  • Beefsteak skirt steak salad with blue cheese and parsley basil vinaigrette

    • southerncooker on March 29, 2018

      Delicious. I couldn't find skirt steak so I used sirloin. I thought I had a red onion but didn't so I used a sweet one. Son, daughter and I loved it but hubby didn't care that much for it. Son-in-law ate his steak with mashed potatoes and green beans instead of the salad.

  • Miso maple ribs with roasted scallions

    • southerncooker on March 25, 2018

      My family loved these. I was afraid that since they really love bbq ribs they might not like these but they were a hit. Even my daughter who doesn't care that much for ribs loved them. I did cook mine for about a half hour longer in the foil packets since my racks each weighted almost a pound more than what the recipe said. They were perfectly tender and delicious. My first time cooking with miso.

    • nadiam1000 on May 26, 2018

      baked these in a large roaster covered with foil - not individual packets for 3 hours - I had 3 racks. I drained off the liquid before brushing with the reduced glaze and baking for another half hour. delicious flavor and tender ribs.

    • Frenchfoodie on April 02, 2018

      Seriously good and nice change from bbq. Worth reducing the sauce a fair bit before the ribs come out as they give up lots of juice that can be added back in.

    • anya_sf on September 19, 2018

      My racks were larger (3 lbs each). They finished cooking on the grill instead of the broiler, over a low flame for about 30 minutes. They were very tender. However, I should have made more glaze and used more salt. I thought the miso would leave them salty enough, but no. And there was only enough reduced glaze for the tops, not the bottoms, so the flavor was lacking. I would definitely make these again, but with way more glaze. I didn't make the scallions.

  • Wintry apple bake with double ginger crumble

    • southerncooker on February 21, 2018

      I agree with others could use more apples in the pan size. I did add one more apple and would have been even better with more. I also used Granny Smith.

    • hirsheys on October 30, 2017

      Made this last night for dessert - it was yummy and a nice alternative to other crumbles/crisps. I cut the apples thin so they'd be soft enough (I like them on the mushier side). The ginger taste is relatively subtle, but definitely apparent. A higher ratio of fruit would also work - I used 4 apples (she called for 3), but I think up to 6 would work, for a much larger dessert.

    • bwhip on January 24, 2018

      The crumble turned out crispy and tasty, but I thought that the ratio of fruit to topping was off. The apple quantity could have been doubled - that's the way I'll do it next time.

    • Lmocooks on January 27, 2018

      Definitely add another apple or two. I used Granny Smith apples. The only member of my house that didn’t find it that awesome was my 21 month old.

  • Broccoli melts

    • southerncooker on March 11, 2018

      I loved these and was surprised since I usually don't care for broccoli and cheese. The provolone worked great on these. I subbed Parmigiano Reggiano for the Pecorino since I didn't have Pecorino on hand. I used sourdough for the toasts. I'd make these again.

    • Zosia on June 10, 2018

      Delicious made with asparagus too.

    • clcorbi on January 09, 2018

      These were tasty and very speedy to throw together. We actually ran out of pecorino while making these, so I threw in a handful of grated emmentaler to the broccoli mixture, which tasted good as well. Nothing earth-shattering here, just a tasty vegetarian comfort-food type of sandwich.

    • jend725 on January 15, 2018

      Just okay. Wouldn't make again.

    • BeckyLeJ on March 08, 2018

      I thought these were really good! I did change it up a bit by roasting the broccoli - I prefer the texture. These were a tasty and satisfying lighter dinner.

  • Broccoli, cheddar, and wild rice fritters

    • southerncooker on March 11, 2018

      I didn't have any problems frying these since I followed Debs instructions of frying slow before flipping. I used the wild rice blend suggested.These were just ok to me though. I probably wouldn't make again.

    • Zosia on November 28, 2017

      A tasty way to use up leftover baked brown rice and roasted broccoli. As warned by Deb, the mixture was quite loose but packing it firmly into an ice cream scoop then flattening the mound gently once it was in the fry pan worked well for me.

  • Wild mushroom shepherd's pie

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      I was afraid hubby and son might not like this dish even though we are all big mushroom fans. Shouldn't have worried since we all loved it. Hubby said best taters every and the mushrooms were delicious too. Son enjoyed it as well even though normally he's not a big fan of casseroles, pot pies and such. My potatoes were a bit thin even though I used the max amount of potatoes and followed amounts of all the other ingredients for the topping. This definitely didn't affect the taste. I used the options of sour cream instead of creme fraiche, milk instead of buttermilk, and smoked paprika and not parsley for the potatoes. My fresh mushrooms were a mix of shittake, baby bella, and white button mushroom and the dried mushrooms were shiitake. My choice for broth was vegetable. This was baked in a deep cast iron skillet some people call a chicken fryer.

    • stef on March 13, 2018

      This was such great comfort food. No sherry so I used vermouth and my top never turned golden. Will make it again

    • Bryan on February 10, 2018

      http://wgntv.com/2017/12/21/lunchbreak-4/

    • rionafaith on November 01, 2017

      Delicious, hearty comfort food that just happens to be vegetarian. I used a combination of cremini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms and dried porcinis. I halved the recipe and baked it in an 8x6" pyrex dish (which fit perfectly) but I wish I had made the whole batch! It was a fair bit of prep for a weeknight though, so next time I might assemble the night before. Definitely use the larger amount of potatoes or even more; I used about 1 lb for my half-portion and wish there had been a slightly thicker layer. Possible error: the headnote mentions sherry vinegar in addition to the sherry, but vinegar isn't called for in the ingredients list or otherwise mentioned in the recipe? In any case, this was super good and I will definitely be making it again.

  • Dry-rub sweet potato steaks with green bean slaw

    • southerncooker on March 18, 2018

      I usually don't care for extra sweetness added to my sweet potatoes but the small amount of brown sugar added to the spice rub wasn't a hindrance to me in this dish. I loved the addition of the tasty green bean salad that topped the sweet potato. I will be making this again.

    • ksg518 on March 22, 2018

      I thought this was wonderful but my daughter thought it was just OK. I made it as directed except I peeled the potatoes before I realized the recipe doesn't call for peeling. I also added more rub to each potato than called for; the recipe makes a lot more rub than you need in any event. I had a little trouble making the crosshatch cuts but it was worth it to encourage the rub to sink into the potatoes. The green beans perfectly complement the potatoes.

    • shoffmann on July 23, 2018

      I just made the green bean slaw, but really enjoyed that piece of this dish. I will try again with the sweet potatoes some day.

  • Tomato and gigante bean bake/pizza beans

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      I used dried giant limas for the beans and cooked them on Sunday in my IP. I also prepped my veggies and put them in the fridge so when I came home from work today I just had to continue with the recipe. We loved the pizza beans. Like someone else said I don't use a recipe for garlic bread usually but this version was delicious.

    • Zosia on October 31, 2017

      This is a delicious alternative to a baked pasta dish that everyone in my family enjoyed. The kale wasn't as well hidden as I'd hoped and though there wasn't enough to offend anyone, I do think I'll replace it with spinach next time. I assembled the dish the night before and baked from the refrigerator for 30 min at 375F to make sure it was heated through, then finished under the broiler to brown.

    • Rutabaga on January 16, 2018

      Calling these "pizza beans" was not enough to encourage my children to eat them, although the six-year-old was coerced into eating his portion with the kale removed. I agree with Zosia that the kale was very noticeable here (maybe one whole bunch was a little much?), which isn't an issue for me personally, but doesn't endear it to those who are apprehensive about kale. Because I couldn't find gigante beans in any local stores I visited, I used cannellini, which did the trick, although I imagine gigantic beans would be more fun. It's very easy to prepare in advance, so I can see turning to it again, but probably leaving out the kale or substituting something my family prefers, such as mushrooms.

    • Lepa on March 03, 2018

      These are fine. They were well received with accompanying hunks of garlic bread but they didn't wow me and I'm not sure I'll make them again. I love beans but I would always choose lasagna or some other cheesy pasta dish over these beans.

    • Frenchfoodie on July 18, 2018

      Made with spinach rather than kale. Was ok but didn’t wow me, needed more garlic, more herbs, more something...

  • Caramelized cabbage risotto

    • southerncooker on March 28, 2018

      Hubs and I loved this. I used chicken broth.

    • hirsheys on May 20, 2018

      I made this for lunch today and felt a little ambivalent about it. I love the taste of cabbage and onions, so I appreciate that overall flavor, but I felt that it was missing something in terms of acid. (This may be because I used sherry rather than wine, though?) Will add lemon to the leftovers. Also, given the fact that the taste of this is so fully affected by the broth, I wish I had used a homemade broth - in the future, I need to remember that about risottos...

    • julesamomof2 on January 21, 2018

      So delicious-a perfect dinner for a night home alone. Next time I'll try farro so I can avoid all the white rice.

    • Zosia on March 26, 2018

      Incredibly good! I used two pans, cooking the risotto in one while the cabbage caramelized in another.

    • Lepa on November 20, 2017

      This is comfort food at its finest. I loved it!

    • Lmocooks on January 15, 2018

      Delicious! My cabbage despising husband declared “wow, this is GOOD!”. My 7,6 and 4 year old willingly ate their entire portions. I used chicken broth, so not quite vegetarian.

  • Mango apple ceviche with sunflower seeds

    • southerncooker on January 26, 2018

      This is best eaten within in an hour of making but it was still good the next day for my work lunch. I ate some after resting in the lime juice for 15 minutes and it was good even though I hadn't added the olive oil yet.

    • Lepa on October 31, 2017

      This salad was easy to throw together and a big hit with everybody, young and old. We had it with grilled salmon and it was a bright and tasty dinner.

  • Potatoes and asparagus gribiche

    • southerncooker on March 20, 2018

      I loved this and hubby enjoyed it too but said he would have liked more pickles. Son enjoyed it after he picked the asparagus out.

    • hirsheys on May 01, 2018

      I made this recipe this weekend and found it remarkably delightful. I was annoyed by her recommendation to use a "medium saucepan" - I didn't use the full 2 lbs of potatoes and still nearly overflowed my saucepan with the potatoes and asparagus. Next time, I'll use a larger pot. Still, my vegetables came out miraculously well cooked, so I got over it quickly. Also, next time I make the gribiche sauce, I'll mash the yolks THEN add the dijon. (I used pickled okra instead of cornichons and that worked well). don't love raw parsley, so will leave it out next time and was glad I added the dressing to taste, since I had extra.

    • purrviciouz on March 26, 2018

      Loved this! I lightly pickled the shallot in the white vinegar before mixing the sauce. Next time I'll add oil packed tuna to stretch it. In the summer I might sub green beans for the asparagus.

  • Winter slaw with farro

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Made this to take for my work lunch. Holds up well and tastes great. I couldn't find farro so I used barley.

    • Lepa on December 12, 2017

      This was good. It's light, comes together easily and seems healthy.

  • Roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar

    • southerncooker on January 24, 2018

      Very good version of tomato soup.

  • Sticky toffee waffles

    • hirsheys on May 12, 2018

      Yum! My waffle iron is terrible, but once I greased it very well, these came out nicely and were super delicious. (I didn't add extra whipped cream.) Without the sauce, these *would* actually be reasonable for breakfast, but once you add the sauce, this tips over into pretty sweet territory. These are also relatively easy, but make a mess - to make them you have to mess up a bowl, pot, blender, and waffle iron. Next time, I might double the sauce to match the number of waffles.

    • Frenchfoodie on April 02, 2018

      Quick, easy, delicious. Too sweet for breakfast here but a lovely dessert. We were happy with them soft from the waffle maker.

  • Artichoke and Parmesan galette

    • hirsheys on May 20, 2018

      I only made the filling, because I had a leftover all-butter crust from a pie in my fridge. I really enjoyed this and didn't find it terribly soggy. I baked it in a thin cake pan. The filling tastes like artichoke filling but a little brighter from the lemon zest.

    • ksg518 on April 09, 2018

      Not sure what to say about this. It sounded like a good concept - essentially artichoke dip as a galette filling. To avoid leakage, Perelman has you place the dough in a tart pan but she notes that even then the bottom will be soggy. She's right but I'm not sure why you wouldn't just turn it into a quiche at that point and par-bake the crust. In addition, we all agreed that this was too much artichoke - I would cut it by a third if I make it again. However, the dough is very good and very easy to work with.

  • Meatballs Marsala with egg noodles and chives

    • hirsheys on May 06, 2018

      This one was less successful for me, though it wasn't bad - just a little boring. I followed Deb's advice pretty closely, despite *hating* pan-frying meatballs. These are also particularly annoying to pan fry because they are super wet. (To be fair, she warns about that they will be, though this doesn't improve the process!) The head note for this emphasizes that Deb was really focusing on buttered noodles when she created this and she really nails and heightens that flavor. That said, while I really wanted to love this recipe, this one isn't going to rise to the top of the pile for me.

    • Rutabaga on January 04, 2018

      These are delicious chicken meatballs, something the whole family could enjoy. I increased the amount by 50%, giving us enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day. As usual, my meatballs ended up vaguely triangular and flattened, but fortunately that doesn't affect the taste.

    • alex9179 on August 11, 2018

      I ground chicken thighs and baby bellas, at the same time, for the mixture. Hid the mushrooms from the young family members and added flavor. I double it, at least, for growing kids. They're flattened by the end, since they're so loose, but manage to hold enough shape while cooking to resemble meatballs.

    • rionafaith on November 06, 2017

      Yummy! I somewhat hesitantly substituted unsweetened almond milk for both the milk and the cream as I was trying to avoid a last-minute trip to the store, and it worked totally fine -- the gravy was rich and creamy. As Deb warns, the balls are very soft which makes shaping them difficult, and mine flattened a bit while frying so they ended up distinctly un-spherical. But who cares once they're covered in sauce?

    • Frenchfoodie on July 18, 2018

      The meatballs were okay but the sauce was fairly bland. It all got eaten, no complaints but I’ve had (and made) better.

    • BeckyLeJ on March 12, 2018

      So good! The chicken meatballs are very wet when you first work with them, but Perelman is right, as you cook them they do hold form. Next time around, I'll do Half Baked Harvest's browned butter and garlic egg noodles to go with this!

  • Sizzling beef bulgogi tacos

    • hirsheys on January 09, 2018

      This dish was extremely easy - definitely took less than 30 mins as promised. It was tasty, but not necessarily better than normal homemade tacos. (I do have a bit of congestion, though, so I might have been missing some of the flavor...)

    • Zosia on March 23, 2018

      Flavourful and very quick to make. I didn't have kimchi on hand and though they were delicious without, I'll make sure to have it for next time.

    • Rutabaga on January 08, 2018

      My husband and I both loved these tacos. The flavors of the seasoned meat and kimchi, together with the fresh toppings, are simply amazing. Rather than mixing it in with the meat, we sprinkled our own Korean chile flakes on the tacos to taste. We also used ground chicken thigh instead of beef, which worked great with these flavors.

    • clcorbi on May 01, 2018

      SO good. New favorite alert! The flavor on these is awesome with so little effort. I'm pretty sure these would be awesome made with other proteins too; I might try them with seitan crumbles next time.

    • lizbot2000 on April 01, 2018

      I ended up making taco rice out of this recipe, instead of putting everything in a tortilla. It was easy and delicious.

  • Marzipan petit four cake

    • hirsheys on May 12, 2018

      This is a sort of fiddly cake that is basically a jumbo-size Italian rainbow cookie - just like the ones you can get in bakeries in NYC. The base cake is made with almond paste, and Deb recommends using either a food processor or a mixer to make the batter. I used the latter, so that I could whip air into the butter, but I'm not sure it matters all that much. (I folded the flour in by hand so that I didn't overmix). There's one confusing sentence about flipping the cake over and putting it back in the pan that I had to puzzle over with my sister - we realized that it's a typo and that it should read that you flip the used parchment over...) ended up with a little excess ganache I didn't use, but next time I'd just make sure to paint it on thicker - I'm not sure these can have too much chocolate! My favorite aspect of this cake is that it improved with age. A showstopper and it's delicious. Worth doing again.

  • Parmesan Dutch baby with creamed mushrooms

    • hirsheys on October 31, 2017

      I made this for dinner the other night. The pan I used had rounded sides (and was larger than 12-inches) which was a mistake, since the dutch baby didn't climb up the sides of the pan like they should have to make it poof. Still, the taste was amazing and I will definitely try it again.

    • Yildiz100 on August 16, 2018

      The dutch baby itself was good, not a surprise since it is pretty much the same recipe as a Bobby Flay recipe we already make and like. For me, the mushroom topping needs tweaked though. First, I would have liked at least 50% more mushrooms, I thought the topping was a little sparse. Also, there was only enough cream to make them a bit oily. I would add more cream so it is more of a sauce, and maybe thicken it with a bit of parm.

    • Zosia on November 20, 2017

      Quick and very tasty; the mushrooms were a particularly delicious addition. I replaced the butter with 2 tbsp olive oil (1 for the mushrooms, the second for the pancake).

    • ksg518 on December 04, 2017

      Very good and reasonably quick for a weeknight. I essentially doubled the amount of mushrooms since I had a lot that needed to be used up. I used half and half instead of cream for the mushrooms and it worked fine. I also used five eggs instead of four since I wasn't sure it would be substantial enough with just four eggs. Next time I'll just use four -- this easily feed two people for a main course with some left over.

    • stef on November 17, 2017

      This was an easy quick supper. I used 6 eggs and about quarter cup more milk. Will make again

    • pistachiopeas on May 01, 2018

      We both loved it. Mushrooms can be made ahead.

    • Bryan on February 10, 2018

      http://people.com/food/smitten-kitchen-parmesan-dutch-baby-creamed-mushrooms-recipe/

  • Brussels and three cheese pasta bake

    • kprovost on May 15, 2018

      Just made this dish for a friend who's a somewhat picky eater when it comes to vegetables. I didn't tell him that there were brussels sprouts in it until the very end. Everyone loved it! And surprisingly there were no leftovers. Perfect with just a salad.

    • Rutabaga on January 14, 2018

      I thought this was delicious. The cheese combination is especially tasty, and there were enough Brussels sprouts that I felt I could get away without an additional veg side dish. It's easy to size up for more people, and a good winter dish I plan to revisit during the colder months.

    • Lepa on January 14, 2018

      This is pretty good. It feels decadent- and not too healthy. Still, it's not my favorite mac and cheese.

    • Nishibun on March 14, 2018

      I made this on a snow day (highly recommended) and loved it. The lemon brightens up the whole dish and keeps it from feeling too rich and heavy. I used whole wheat pasta (it happened to be what I had on hand), and I liked the extra nuttiness it provided.

  • Zucchini-stuffed zucchini with sorta salsa verde

    • EmilyR on April 21, 2018

      These were a nice dinner paired with a baguette and some good quality butter. I made sure I got as much moisture out of the zucchini as possible - using the vitamix for a few pulses, giving it a salt rinse, squeezing it out, and then putting it in a skillet. Make sure you have extra crispy panko. For the salsa verde I used an immersion blender. The rest of it came together quickly and even picky eaters ate it. We sprinkled shredded red wine bellevitano instead of Comte / Gruyere. I'd recommend 2-3 zucchinis per person. It's a light meal since it's mainly vegetables.

    • Zosia on November 24, 2017

      The flavour was very good thanks to the salsa verde but I didn't care for the texture of the filling. I wasn't keen on the really soft zucchini and the panko crumbs were on the mushy side too. However, the zucchini boats were good, retaining much of their texture and the crumb topping was crisp and tasty. I will make these again but with either quinoa as Deb suggests or perhaps farro in place of the panko crumbs.

  • Sushi takeout Cobb

    • wjjjww on May 19, 2018

      dressing SO GOOD! used salmon instead of tofu (not a fan)

    • bwhip on November 08, 2017

      Easy, tasty, light and fresh! Dressing is perfect.

  • Charred corn succotash with lime and crispy shallots

    • PiaOC on January 25, 2018

      So good! Easy to prepare ahead and then assemble at last minute. Versatile too. Had it with Christmas turkey and leftovers for breakfast with a poached egg. Definitely worth repeating.

    • Rutabaga on September 03, 2018

      Personally, I didn't find this recipe overly fussy, although it's true that it takes a bit of effort. Fortunately, each individual step (frying the shallots, making the dressing, etc) is pretty quick. I also had the advantage of using four leftover ears of already grilled corn. It's very flavorful and works well when paired with a simple grilled meat dish. Add bread, and you have a complete summer meal. My husband loved the flavor, and asked me to be sure to add a note to make it again.

    • clcorbi on February 05, 2018

      Another recipe from this book that, despite the book's title, is decidedly fussy. The result was tasty, but there were SO many steps--frying the shallots, blanching the green beans, charring the corn, sauteeing all the vegetables, etc. Neither of us felt the final salad was so good that we'd ever want to deal with prepping it again.

  • Banana bread rolls

    • PiaOC on January 21, 2018

      I had never attempted a rolled cake but this cake, I made several times over the holiday season with great success. Quick to prepare and to cook, easy to assemble and perfect to put together in the morning for evening event. Converts beautifully for a gluten free treat too. Delicious.

    • Zosia on August 28, 2018

      It may taste like banana bread, but the texture is that of a very moist, airy sponge cake. The cream cheese filling is lightly sweetened and tangy, a great pairing with the banana cake. This was surprisingly easy to make and quite delicious.

    • Toomanybooks88 on February 04, 2018

      Easy and tasted great

  • Crispy short rib carnitas with sunset slaw

    • Rachaelsb on April 27, 2018

      I wasn't sure about this...but it was surprisingly really good! Pork had delicious flavor to it and slaw was great accompaniment

    • clcorbi on April 09, 2018

      We only made the slaw component of this recipe, not the carnitas, but the slaw was delicious.

  • Ricotta blini with honey, orange, and sea salt

    • Zosia on October 31, 2017

      These are very nice: moist, light and crisp with lovely orange flavour. I liked them with powdered sugar alone but family really enjoyed the ones with honey and salt. I did have a little problem transferring the shaped pancakes to the fry pan; as they sat, they absorbed flour and ended up sticking badly to the tray. Next time, I'll put a more generous coating of flour on it.

    • Toomanybooks88 on January 13, 2018

      Delicious. We added fresh berries and a dollop of lemon marscapone cream.

  • Leek, feta, and greens spiral pie

    • Zosia on March 30, 2018

      I loved the addition of leeks to the filling; they added an extra dimension to the flavour and really set this recipe apart from others I've made and/or eaten. And of course the spiral shape makes them quite special too. But don't do as I did and coil them too tightly or they'll split as they expand during baking.

  • Pomegranate and orange peel fizz

    • Zosia on November 23, 2017

      Refreshing and very festive. I started with 2/3 the recommended amount of syrup per serving (I thought it was very sweet with the full amount) with the extra on offer but there were no requests for more. Though the orange flavour was reduced, it was still noticeable.

  • Pretzel Linzers with salted caramel

    • Zosia on November 04, 2017

      Fabulous cookies with a shortbread-like cookie and wonderful balance of sweet and salt. My dough didn't come together in the food processor and required quite a bit of kneading on a pastry board before it finally did. It was tricky to roll out since it was still a little crumbly, probably because my pretzels weren't completely powdery, and re-rolling scraps didn't work at all. I did get 25 sandwiches (50 cookies) from the first rolling (and the leftover dough is in the freezer to be baked off as a crumb topping for something).

    • Rutabaga on December 20, 2017

      These are addictively delicious! I love the salty and sweet combination. I did have some minor issues with the dough, however. I used the weight measurements to determine how many pretzels to use, but after grinding the pretzels in my Vitamix, I didn't have enough pretzel dust to meet the 1 1/2 cups Deb says you should have (or 3 cups in my case, as I was doubling the recipe - I was a full cup short!). I added more pretzels accordingly, but then the dough was too dry, so I also added an extra egg and four tablespoons of butter. That did the trick. I also had difficulty rolling the dough out as thinly as recommended, but the thicker cookies still turned out well, they just had to bake a couple of extra minutes. They're pretty messy to put together, but when they taste this good, no one seems to mind. But since they are a little more involved than many cookie recipes, they're something I'll probably only make once or twice a year.

  • Corn, bacon, and arugula pizza

    • Zosia on August 08, 2018

      Delicious combination of flavours. I'll definitely make this again. I used the no-knead pizza dough from the Bread Bible and Lidia Bastianich's Neapolitan (no-cook) pizza sauce.

    • Rutabaga on August 06, 2018

      This is a great summer pizza topping. Even though my older son initially complained about the corn, he ended up eating two slices. I used a mix of sharp cheddar and pepper Jack since I had no Parmesan, and baked it on a half sheet baking pan.

    • Frogcake on August 11, 2018

      Like others, we loved this taste combination. I used double-smoked prosciutto and have omitted the egg on occasion. Have also made the pizza in reverse order, which means the arugula gets baked and loses its pepperyness. It is best as written.

    • clcorbi on July 27, 2018

      This is a super tasty pizza combination, and one I'll definitely be making again during the summer months. I also used premade pizza dough, but we did make the sauce following Deb's instructions. Yum!

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 11, 2018

      I used Trader joe’s Dough and sauce, so totally feel like a slacker, but this was absolutely delicious!

  • Spiced carrot and pepper soup with a couscous swirl

    • ksg518 on January 24, 2018

      I thought this was just OK and I'm not sure I'll make it again. I made it strictly by the recipe except I didn't add the parsley garnish. It absolutely needs the lemon wedge to perk it up a bit. I think I would prefer Israeli couscous, instead of the fine couscous she calls for if I do make it again.

    • shoffmann on January 28, 2018

      We really enjoyed this. I subbed in sriracha sauce for the harissa paste, but otherwise made as directed.

  • Everything drop biscuits with cream cheese

    • Rutabaga on November 12, 2017

      These are wonderful savory biscuits, perfect, in my opinion, with just butter. You can actually taste the cream cheese in the dough, and it makes for a very soft, tender biscuit. I used Trader Joe's "everything bagel" seasoning, which is similar to the mixture Perelman includes with this recipe. With the seasoning ready to go, this is a quick and easy twist on basic buttermilk biscuits.

    • shoffmann on December 29, 2017

      I used milk instead of buttermilk (it was way too cold to go to the store) and they still turned out great. The biscuit was light and fluffy, while the seeds made for a nice crispy exterior. These felt a bit more special than my regular biscuit recipe, but were not a lot of extra work. We will be making again.

  • Magical two-ingredient oat brittle

    • Rutabaga on May 15, 2018

      Simple and sweet, this is a good and very easy topping to make for yogurt, etc. I doubled the recipe and found it took a good 20 minutes to bake, probably in part because it was a larger batch and in part because I used a silicone baking mat rather than parchment paper.

  • Bake sale winning-est gooey oat bars

    • Rutabaga on February 20, 2018

      My boys loved these bars. The six-year-old even said they were the best bars he'd ever had. I did have some trouble with the baking process, however. After removing the finished bars from the oven and letting them cool, I discovered that the crust was completely underbaked. Even though it seemed quite pale after 20 minutes of pre-baking, I figured it was probably done enough and continued on. In retrospect, I should probably have baked it at least ten more minutes. I'm not sure if this is because I was using a Pyrex pan, or what the issue was, but I ended up putting the cooled cookie bars back in the oven for an additional 20 minutes. The crust was still pale and soft, but at least it held together, and the oats miraculously weren't overdone. Next time, however, I will make sure the crust is baked through before adding the topping. As a final note, I used a little less than 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, and they were extremely chocolatey (not that that's a bad thing).

    • Lepa on December 02, 2017

      These are pretty good. I especially like the shortbread- like crust. I made it with one cup of chocolate chips and half a cup of dried cherries. It's sweet but a nice mixture.

    • Frogcake on December 15, 2017

      We loved these bars! I used equal amounts of dried cherries, butterscotch and chocolate chips. Also threw in about three tablespoons of brown flax seeds. These are a huge improvement in taste and nutrition over the magic bars I used to make.

    • Lmocooks on February 25, 2018

      I made these with a mix of chocolate chips, white chips and toffee bits. The crust took longer in the food pro than written in the instructions but turned into a nice dough ball with some time. I took these to book club and they were a massive hit. “Oh my gosh, who made these? They’re amazing!” Said by several people. I’ll definitely make these again.

  • Herb and garlic baked Camembert

    • Rutabaga on January 21, 2018

      I thought this would be great to try with a couple small wheels of French goat cheese I came across. At 3.6 ounces each, these cheese were on the small side, so I checked on them after 10 minutes in the oven. The cheese had thoroughly melted and oozed out of the wood basket into a puddle on the sheet pan. Oops! Fortunately, it wasn't scorched, so I scooped it into a bowl for serving. Not the prettiest presentation, but it still tasted good. In this case, I think the cheese, particular the rind, was too soft for this treatment. It would be good to try again with actual Camembert.

    • BeckyLeJ on January 11, 2018

      This is going to be a go to party snacketizer from now on! I used Brie (because that’s what I had) but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It was yummy and garlicky and gooey - so good!

  • Cacio e pepe potatoes Anna

    • Rutabaga on January 08, 2018

      This didn't quite turn out as I'd hoped, but to be fair that was likely due to my not following all the directions exactly. First, my pan was 11 inches, so I increased the amounts by roughly 50%. Unsurprisingly, this required more baking time - 40 minutes covered, then 40 uncovered. While the potatoes were fully cooked, they were still completely pale on the bottom, and slid apart when I inverted the dish onto a cutting board. I had used a lid instead of foil as Perelman directs, so I was not able to press down firmly on the potatoes as apparently needed. I also think the pan should have been preheated in order for the potatoes on the bottom to brown properly. I'd like to try it again with those changes, as the flavor was nice, and the potatoes were buttery without being overly rich.

    • Rutabaga on January 13, 2018

      I discovered that if you have leftovers, these potatoes are delicious when pan-fried for breakfast - or any meal, for that matter.

  • Quick sausage, kale, and crouton sauté

    • Rutabaga on January 13, 2018

      This is an easy dish to throw together for a one-dish winter meal. In future, I would change a few things, however. The croutons became soft when left in the pan while everything else cooked. I think I'd prefer them crunchier, so would remove them and add them back again at the end. Also, the beans were quite dry, and the taste of the red wine vinegar disappeared in the mix. Adding more vinegar and several good glugs of olive oil before tossing in the croutons would probably help.

    • alex9179 on August 11, 2018

      Toasted the bread and removed from the pan before continuing with the recipe. Using day old cheese or garlic artisan bread from the store is great. Doubled everything and no leftovers x3. The kids love it.

    • mfranklin125 on February 14, 2018

      I didn’t do the vinegar. Used black bread for bread from Ukrainian store and it was good. Def need to take out if want them chewy or crunchy or it gets a bit mushy. Otherwise also added tomatoes.

  • Pea tortellini in Parmesan broth

    • Rutabaga on December 25, 2017

      This is a nice, soothing soup, although a little plain. I used goat cheese in place of the ricotta, and like that flavor combination. Unfortunately, after making the broth and dumplings in the morning (and freezing the dumplings), I was in a hurry at dinner time and simply dumped all of the dumplings into the broth, cooked them, then ladled the soup into bowls. The problem, of course, was that the dumplings continued to cook and get mushy. Had I followed Perelman's instructions about removing the dumplings from the broth, then ladling the hot broth over them right before serving, that should not have been an issue. I also should have added more salt - definitely taste and adjust as needed.

  • Strawberry cloud cookies

    • Peachpit23 on February 15, 2018

      I really enjoyed the flavor of these cookies, but had issues with baking them. When I checked them at 30 minutes, they were browned on the top, but still raw in the middle. I didn't want them to bake longer, since they were already too browned. If you make these, definitely make the very small (perhaps mine were too big, which is why they didn't cook through) and check them after about 15 minutes or so.

    • Lmocooks on February 01, 2018

      Easily one of the most expensive cookies I’ve ever made. The freeze dried strawberries totaled $5!!! And then it only made 13 cookies. Cooked for the lowest time listed, mine were overcooked. They are tasty, and would definitely be more so had I not overcooked them, but not worth the price tag for the ingredients.

  • Spinach, mushroom, and goat cheese slab frittata

    • Lepa on December 25, 2017

      This is okay. It needs a bit more salt. Hot sauce is also a good accompaniment. My husband liked it but I thought the mushrooms had a rubbery texture that was off-putting (we ate it the morning after baking it).

    • Lmocooks on February 06, 2018

      Fine. Nothing to write home about. It definitely needs some extra salt and maybe some herbs. Perhaps some kind of herbed goat cheese would do the trick.

  • Two thick, chewy oatmeal raisin chocolate chip mega-cookies

    • Lepa on April 19, 2018

      My family was moaning with delight while eating these big, melty cookies. I felt like the oats were a bit too chewy but then I noticed that I had used "extra thick rolled oats". I guess this is a good reason to try again tomorrow with regular rolled oats(!) Having a recipe for two big cookies is brilliant and this just might transform me into the kind of mom who regularly bakes cookies after school.

    • BeckyLeJ on January 11, 2018

      I have raved about these since making them, earning a somewhat flummoxed response questioning why I’d make two big cookies rather than a whole batch. Whatever! These were the perfect size and the perfect amount of sweet. I had everything on hand and they took very little effort, which was exactly the amount of effort I wanted to put into a dessert/snack. Plus, the cleanup was minimal!

    • Lmocooks on January 31, 2018

      Why would you only make two? Because sometimes you “need” a treat but you don’t need to eat an entire full batch! They’re crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, perfect.

  • Marble bundt cake

    • Lepa on February 11, 2018

      This is a really good version of the genre but it's still not my favorite kind of cake. If this kind of cake is your thing, you will probably love it.

    • bwhip on October 29, 2017

      Best marble cake ever! Perfect crumb, great flavor. Love this one.

  • My go-to garlic bread

    • Lepa on March 03, 2018

      Today I realized that I have inexplicably failed to introduce my kids to the pleasure of garlic bread. I made this bread tonight and they LOVE it. The recipe is simple and delicious. I plan to make it regularly.

    • clcorbi on December 12, 2017

      What's not to love about bread slathered in garlic butter and cheese, then broiled? This was delicious, and so quick and easy.

  • Romesco, chickpea, and smashed egg bowl

    • clcorbi on February 03, 2018

      I can't believe I'm saying this about a Deb recipe, but... this was a total fail. And really fussy to make, to boot! I had already decided to serve these bowls on a bed of quinoa, because I found it odd that there were multiple sauces involved (romesco and a yogurt garnish), but only chickpeas, and spinach to soak them up. So I made all the components, as well as quinoa, which took a while. The romesco took the longest, though, and here's the kicker: IT DIDN'T TASTE GOOD. I think the proportion of red bell peppers was way too high compared to all the other ingredients, because before I added them to the blender, the sauce actually tasted nice and kicky. I tried adding extra salt, red pepper flakes, etc to salvage it, but it still tasted watery and sad. I think the only thing that would have helped was simmering it down in a saucepan until it thickened up, but I had already spent so long on the recipe that I just couldn't do that. Would not repeat.

  • Baked oatmeal with caramelized pears and vanilla cream

    • bwhip on October 30, 2017

      Delightful. Fluffy, light, not-overly-sweet, with lovely flavor from the pears, lemon and vanilla bean.

  • Smashed cucumber salad with salted peanuts and wasabi peas

    • BeckyLeJ on February 25, 2018

      I love a good cucumber salad and this is a good cucumber salad! Super easy and tasty! Makes a great side dish for any Asian main in particular.

  • Pork tenderloin agrodolce with squash rings

    • BeckyLeJ on January 11, 2018

      I really liked the fennel on the pork! Couple of notes, I cut my squash in half moons after fighting the seeds. I think I sliced them too thin and they were close to being over cooked so I’ll watch that next time. Also, I would double the sauce!

  • Crushed olives with almonds, celery, and Parmesan

    • BeckyLeJ on January 11, 2018

      This was super easy and tasty. In fact, my husband (who hates olives) ate it and liked it! We served it as part of a tapas like dinner - I was especially drawn to it because I had everything on hand. Will definitely make again!

  • Lemon meringue pie smash

    • Lmocooks on February 05, 2018

      Messy, tart, crunchy, sweet, creamy. So darn good. The only thing I changed was to add a tiny bit of sugar to the whipping cream. DeB tries to convince you to not add it, but I think it benefitted from it. That change is the only reason I didn’t give this a full 5/5 stars.

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  • Food52

    These recipes are unfussy and are meant to bring the joy back into cooking for busy families. But make no mistake...unfussy does not mean dumbed down.

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    Her first cookbook...ended up being one of my favorites, with a few go-to recipes that I adore. Her follow up...is packed with even more recipes that I know will become favorites.

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    The recipes are very much those of a busy mother of young children...I've cooked similar dishes, but everything works perfectly, which is more than you can say for most cookbooks.

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    Deb is the most approachable, and her recipes are so well thought and tested. She’s just the best and I can’t wait to make all the cake in this book.

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  • ISBN 10 1101874813
  • ISBN 13 9781101874813
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  • Published Oct 24 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Knopf

Publishers Text

More than 100 new, easy-to-cook, impossible-to-resist recipes from the beloved blogger and New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. A perfect gift for your mom, your friends, your boss, or yourself, Smitten Kitchen: Breakfast, Dinner, Cake (and Everything in Between) is filled with what are sure to be your new favorite things to cook.

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