Kitchen Party: Effortless Recipes for Every Occasion by Mary Berg

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  • Leek babka

    • averythingcooks on May 05, 2020

      First off, I loved Mary Berg on Masterchef Canada and her 1st cookbook is beautiful. So here is my first effort. I have never had good luck with instant yeast but with "warmed liquid+honey" and a "kneading session with the dough hook" I felt more confident. I needed to add more flour (super sticky) and I had to use my new buttermilk powder (in place of milk powder). The dough really was sticky even with additional = worried!! .... but it rose beautifully and rolled out to the required rectangle easily. It reached 200 F at around 47 minutes and I just had a warm chunk with butter.........I can taste the goat cheese, the leeks and the "homemade breadiness". I really was worried at a couple of points but man - it is just lovely :)

  • Flank steak with horseradish cream

    • averythingcooks on July 10, 2020

      I scaled the marinade back for a 1 lb flank steak and marinaded it for around 9 hours. The grilled meat was really flavourful (of course flank steak always is in my opinion) but I do think it still needed a more acidic punch (ie in addition to the balsamic vinegar maybe lemon juice?) I did not make the horseradish cream this time but I'm sure I will on a different grilled beef night. With a "blue cheesey biscuit bake" & a simple green salad as sides - this was a great dinner.

  • Squashed potatoes with gremolata and feta

    • averythingcooks on July 12, 2020

      I was initially worried about the power of lemon in the gremolata (although I should know that is the point :) but once the salty feta was added, we both loved these crispy little potatoes.......they are delicious!

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  • ISBN 10 0147531241
  • ISBN 13 9780147531247
  • Published Sep 10 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 264
  • Language English
  • Countries Canada
  • Publisher Appetite by Random House

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From the season 3 winner of MasterChef Canada and star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, Mary Berg is here to bring food, family, and friends together where all good parties start and end--the kitchen.

As anyone who has ever hosted a party will know, at some point, every guest will find him or herself standing around the kitchen--maybe grabbing another drink, tasting a dish, or just chatting casually with the host and other guests. That's because the act of gathering around the comfort of a hearth is an age-old tradition, one that unifies a group of people with a home-cooked meal. But, often, a kitchen party--even if it's just a weeknight meal for two--can become overwhelming. There's the mess to deal with, the timing of the dishes, the grocery shopping and much more.
     In her first book, TV star and home cook Mary Berg is here to banish any inflated pomp, circumstance, and anxiety surrounding the idea of inviting people into your home. Kitchen Party: Effortless Recipes for Every Occasion is filled to the brim with family-style favorites for brunches, cocktails, dinners, and special occasions--along with some of Mary's famous baked goods and desserts, of course. You'll find over 100 simple and straightforward recipes that are grand enough for company, yet easy enough to accomplish on a regular Tuesday night. Delight in mouthwatering dishes like Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast Bake with Apple Cinnamon Syrup; Ricotta, Roasted Grape and Hazelnut Tartines; Flank Steak with Horseradish Cream; and Slablova (aka Pavlova for a Crowd). All of Mary's recipes are meant to be plunked down on a table that is groaning under the weight of delicious food and relaxed elbows. And with signature tips and suggested menu pairings for all types of occasions, from Mother's Day Brunch to a Low-Key Bridal Shower, you'll never find yourself short of ideas.
     Whether you're cooking for a big crowd of friends or a hosting two-person romantic dinner, Mary is ready to guide you using the warmth and culinary skills that have made her so beloved among home cooks nationwide.

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