Milk Street: Cookish: Throw It Together by Christopher Kimball

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  • Quinoa chaufa

    • jaelsne on July 06, 2021

      Healthy, easy, and absolutely delicious! I added sesame oil and chopped scrambled eggs as suggested.

  • Kedgeree

    • kari500 on April 07, 2021

      Nice idea to make it with smoked trout, which is much easier to get in the US than finnan haddie. Good, not great, could us a little vegetable in it aside from an onion. Family’s first time having this dish in any form, and they liked it. I’d make it again, as it’s very easy and different.

  • Farfalle with kale, garlic and lemon

    • kari500 on March 31, 2021

      I subbed penne. Did the kale part (washed, cooked and put through FP) earlier in the day while pottering around the kitchen. Ridiculously easy and very good, even to us non-kale lovers.

  • Chili-soy noodles with bok choy and peanuts

    • kari500 on April 03, 2021

      Used fettuccine instead of wheat noodles, and broccoli instead of bok choy. And it didn't matter, this was delicious. Topped with more chili crunch as suggested. The peanuts are a nice addition.

    • southerncooker on October 17, 2020

      This was delicious. I didn't have peanuts so I used a little crunchy peanut butter.

  • Chicken salad with red cabbage and miso

    • MollyB on March 24, 2021

      Easy and good, served on a bed of greens. I liked the cabbage added in with the chicken. I didn't have white miso so I used yellow, and that seemed to work fine.

    • southerncooker on May 05, 2021

      This recipe says it's easy to scale and also gives a couple options for several ingredients. I scaled for just me. For options I chose white miso, rice vinegar, cilantro, leafy greens, and sesame seeds. I cooked some chicken breasts in chicken stock. I plated it on a bed of shredded romaine I got in my farm share, and added a few leaves from a salad mix on top. It turned out really tasty. I might make again and try some of the other options.

  • Citrus-cilantro chicken skewers

    • MollyB on April 21, 2021

      This was great! I regretted that we didn't cook extra chicken to have more left over. We made it with blood oranges, as that was the citrus I had and I figured it was in between orange and grapefruit in terms of sourness. We grilled instead of broiling, and that worked well. It was nice served with farro, which went beautifully with the chicken and sauce.

  • Smoky chili-garlic pork burgers

    • MollyB on March 24, 2021

      Very good but quite spicy. I dialed back the chile garlic sauce in both the burger and the sauce to about 1Tbsp. each, and it was still pushing the limits of my spice tolerance. I'd reduce it more if making again. Served the burgers on buns with tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado, and the avocado was a great addition.

  • Charred broccoli with miso vinaigrette

    • Vand11 on January 10, 2021

      This is very good - however, only need about a quarter of the sauce!

    • southerncooker on February 07, 2021

      We thought this was pretty good. I used the rice vinegar option for the tang, and the mirin option for the sweet.

    • peaceoutdesign on March 23, 2021

      I loved the char. Thought the vinaigrette was okay.

  • Asparagus with pickled ginger and scallions

    • southerncooker on February 01, 2021

      I used the pickled ginger I made back in the summer in this. It was a good side dish.

  • Beet and carrot salad with horseradish and dill

    • southerncooker on May 19, 2021

      Made a half recipe. Used beets and Dill from my Tumbling Shoals farm share. First time eating raw beets. Delicious.

  • Arugula and avocado salad with jalapeño vinaigrette

    • southerncooker on May 06, 2021

      Whew it was on the spicy side but I thought so good, although hubby didn't like it. I did dip his before adding cilantro, because he has the soap tasting gene as does son. Son also doesn't eat avocado, so got his out before adding either. This one also gave options for some ingredients - English cucumber instead of radishes and green onions instead of cilantro. I got my arugula from my farm share today.

  • Shaved carrot salad with olives and parsley

    • southerncooker on May 24, 2021

      I used carrots from my Tumbling Shoals farm share. Made one serving for just me. I used a mix of green and kalamata olives, cumin for the spice, and parsley for the herb. Very good.

  • Beet and pumpkin seed salad

    • southerncooker on May 24, 2021

      Beets were from my Tumbling Shoals farm share. I made one serving for me and this was delicious.

  • Soupy rice with mushrooms and greens

    • southerncooker on November 01, 2020

      This was delicious. It gives options on most of the ingredients and optional toppings. I used vegetable broth, jasmine rice, kosher oyster sauce and baby bok choy and shiitake mushrooms from my farm share. For the topping a dash of hot chili oil.

  • Broiled asparagus with cardamom and orange

    • southerncooker on May 19, 2021

      I'm not a big orange marmalade fan but hubby is. Son doesn't eat asparagus but hubby and I loved this. I made a half recipe since I only had a pound of asparagus.

  • Pozole with collard greens

    • southerncooker on October 28, 2020

      Served with cornbread, radish and a squeeze of lime juice. Delicious. Collards and radishes came from my Tumbling Shoals Farm Share. I used canned tomatoes instead of fresh and Mexican oregano.

  • Vietnamese-style chicken meatballs

    • southerncooker on May 09, 2021

      Son and thought these were really good. I pickled some carrots and turnips using recipe from Vietnamese Food Any Day. I ate my meatballs in lettuce with Mae Ploy and some of the pickled veggies. Son ate his on bread with cheese and hot sauce. For the option choices I went with garlic, cilantro, and serrano. I also used the optional topping of sweet chili sauce.

  • Spanish-style tuna salad

    • southerncooker on May 24, 2021

      I chose colorful cherry tomatoes and capers for my optional garnishes. For my green bed I used a spring baby mix. Delicious.

  • Gochujang skirt steak and noodles with kimchi

    • southerncooker on May 19, 2021

      Spicy but delicious. I was actually able to find dry lo mein at a nearby Walmart. I had intended to add the optional toppings of cucumber and green onions but forgot. All three of us liked this one.

  • Sautéed beef with mushrooms and tarragon

    • southerncooker on May 27, 2021

      I used Avocado oil for the oil, and rib eye for the steak. Hubby and I enjoyed this over buttered egg noodles and topped with the optional sour cream. I used tarragon from my window herb garden. We ate with garlic bread and roasted bok choy. Delicious!

  • Crisp-breaded chicken cutlets

    • southerncooker on January 27, 2021

      Delicious, both son and I loved. Very crispy but moist inside. Used the shichimi togarashi for the spice. I made the Sriracha-Mayo dipping sauce from p 199. Son ate buffalo sauce on his. I made a slaw of cabbage, salt, pepper, pinch of sugar and rice vinegar. We ate on ciabbata rolls.

  • Steamed lemon chicken with scallions and oyster sauce

    • southerncooker on May 03, 2021

      My green onions were bad so I used chives. I use kosker vegetarian oyster sauce (no oysters involved). This was ok but a little dry. I think I cooked it a little too long.

  • Korean fire chicken

    • southerncooker on January 12, 2021

      Chicken was delicious but Spicy! I'm glad I used the lower amount of Gochujang ( fermented Korean pepper paste). The potato salad helped cool my mouth down. It would have been delicious also with the suggested rice. Hubby doesn't like chicken though, but does love potato salad. He did take one bite of the chicken and said the onion was good in the sauce. He loves Korean food.

    • et12 on March 21, 2021

      Very easy to make and great flavour. Loved the effect of the onion. I chopped the chicken into smaller pieces then recommended and so didn’t need the full thirty minutes of cooking.

  • Whole-wheat fusilli with pancetta and cauliflower

    • Leo on November 18, 2020

      I made this to finish up some locally cured pancetta and I have fresh rosemary in the garden. I was cooking for 2 so only used half quantities of pasta keeping everything else the same. The end result was delicious but both of us agreed that without the generous chunks of pancetta it would have been a tricky dish to like. Its very simple so needs good ingredients.

  • Spaghetti with anchovies, raisins and cherry tomatoes

    • peaceoutdesign on May 11, 2021

      This was amazing and amazingly simple. I was stunned how well it worked to cook the pasta with the sauce ingredients, I did reduce the amount of water to 3c. because I assumed this method of would end up really runny. The pasta water definitely thickened it up. I added some parmesan at the end.

    • Lepa on October 29, 2020

      This is a unique and absolutely delicious pasta dish. My whole family loved it. This recipe is going into the permanent - and frequent- rotation!

  • Harissa-spiced cauliflower-almond soup

    • peaceoutdesign on May 12, 2021

      Forget the water, instead use 5 1/2c chicken stock. I reduced the lemon to 1T as the soup was so delicious before I added it. I am on the fence about whether I should have just deleted it. I love Cauliflower soup and this is one of my favorites, it is just as good without the extra nut topping.

  • Jalapeño-apricot glazed chicken thighs

    • peaceoutdesign on May 08, 2021

      Did as written except I didn't add the remaining vinegar to the sauce but it seemed just perfect. This is a good weekday meal with lots of flavors.

  • Curried ground beef and peas

    • peaceoutdesign on April 03, 2021

      This is much like Milk Street Tuesday Nights' recipe, Indian Spiced Beef and Peas. Very disappointing that Milk Street is publishing redundant recipes.

  • Roasted eye of round with black olives and anchovies

    • peaceoutdesign on May 23, 2021

      It really is perfectly cooked at 125F. the Olive coating was great but it would have been nice a little browned which is not going to happen at 275F. The Olive mixture would also work really well for lamb.

  • Slashed chicken with chili-garlic sauce and honey

    • Jenny on March 20, 2021

      I used chicken thighs and doubled the recipe to have leftovers. It is a tad spicy but tolerable and absolutely delish. I added broccoli and asparagus to the pan for the last five minutes but it took about 35 to 40 minutes for the chicken to be done. I did have two trays and rotated them every 10 minutes or so and I did roast the chicken on the tray without the rack because I'd rather muck a stable than clean a wire rack.

  • Chili and herb spiced beef

    • jbny on May 09, 2021

      ok but not great. Remember that pomegranate molasses adds sweetness.

  • Egg noodles with beef, cabbage and caraway

    • jbny on April 24, 2021

      Delicious! Used coleslaw mix.

  • Fettuccine with fennel, smoked trout and crème fraîche

    • Lepa on December 07, 2020

      My son picked this recipe out because he loves fennel and smoked trout. It was easy to cook together and so delicious! I'll definitely be making this again.

  • Fish sandwiches with tahini and yogurt

    • Lepa on October 25, 2020

      This was very quick and easy but just okay. We needed to add a bit more salt and it didn't have the lovely crust shown in the picture. I think this may be better with a mayonnaise-based spread and may try that next time. We ate it on brioche rolls with tomato and red onion, which was a nice combination.

  • Roasted pork shoulder with turmeric and lemon grass

    • lou_weez on January 24, 2021

      Great flavours. Unfortunately, I should have kept a closer eye on it, as it was overcooked at 3 and 1/2 hours.

  • Coconut-curry rice with salmon and cilantro

    • lou_weez on March 09, 2021

      Simple, tasty and quick. Would add some peas or even broccoli to pimp up the veg.

    • Cathyschuh on March 31, 2021

      I found it enough for 8 servings. The first night we ate as written, the second day lunch was the same with the addition of frozen spinach warmed with the rice and salmon. Today we finished it in a fish broth with the addition of sliced green onion.

  • Penne with potatoes, prosciutto and blue cheese

    • BasicStock on February 02, 2021

      I liked this being a fan of proscuitto, blue cheese and arugula. Sort of a variation of mac and cheese. Wondered about the inclusion of potatoes, but I think the starch from them helps to make the sauce. So, mac and cheese without white sauce, but with potatoes. Quick and easy.

  • Couscous with chickpeas, dates and scallions

    • lean1 on January 10, 2021

      I could eat the all salad! This is so fantastic so full of flavor. It is so easy to put together and the flavors really balance each other in a perfect way. I used the dates, not the apricots and changed nothing. I love it It is so simple but perfect. A 10!

  • Chutney-roasted eggplant with scallions

    • lean1 on November 18, 2020

      Wonderful flavor, it was very easy to make. Make sure you don't use parchment paper on the baking sheet it can burn under the broiler. Use foil. I swapped ground cumin for the cumin seeds, but other than that followed the recipe. I love the flavor combination. I will make this a lot!

    • sdeathe on February 02, 2021

      Just delicious, and easy to do. I followed the advice from lean1 and used foil, and clean-up was minimal. I used peanuts instead of cashews.

  • Bacon and red wine-braised kidney beans

    • et12 on April 05, 2021

      This was a very tasty dish that comes together easily. I added one clove of minced garlic which worked well. Served it with a nice fresh green salad for a nice meal.

  • Tomato and watermelon salad with basil and goat cheese

    • et12 on June 13, 2021

      This was very delicious and easy to make. Used a variety of heirloom tomatoes which worked well with the watermelon, pickled shallots and goats cheese

  • Seared radicchio with sherry vinegar, blue cheese and walnuts

    • et12 on April 06, 2021

      Easy to make and looks good. I used chicory instead of radicchio. Definitely need a lot of blue cheese to counter the bitterness of the veg.

  • Miso-walnut soba with bok choy

    • et12 on April 19, 2021

      With a nice subtle flavour and comforting texture, this dish makes for a great lunch or light dinner and comes together in minutes. Definitely a do again recipe for us. I didn’t do a very good job blending the garlic in the first time around and so will make sure I have a fully blended pesto next time.

  • Moroccan chicken skewers

    • et12 on April 12, 2021

      These were excellent but reproduced from the Milk Street: Tuesday nights book, which provides a bit more instruction. I used the bbq instead of the broiler and they turned out great.

    • Cathyschuh on March 31, 2021

      Really excellent and fast. Ate with naan adding tzaki and quickles .

    • MEmilyGrey on June 06, 2021

      Solid recipe. Widely popular, easy to do, quick.

  • Coconut and lemon grass-poached chicken

    • et12 on June 15, 2021

      This was alright, a quick and easy dish to make but the overwhelming flavour was fish sauce and lime. Maybe that’s because I used light coconut milk instead of full fat?

  • Coconut-red curry shredded pork

    • et12 on June 13, 2021

      This is a nice dry curry with plenty of flavour. The recipe called for 3hrs 45mins of baking in the oven but mine was finished cooking after 2hrs and was perfect. Any longer would have dried it out.

  • Skillet-charred Brussels sprouts with sesame and scallions

    • angrygreycat on December 29, 2020

      Had to modify a little because I only had large brussels. I roasted them on a smoking hot sheet pan in the oven rather than in a cast iron skillet. The sauce for tossing them in after charring is excellent. I was a little nervous due to the amount of fish sauce but it tasted really good. Will definitely make again.

    • sdeathe on February 02, 2021

      These are delicious. Even I liked them, and I'm not really a fan of this veg. DO NOT use a cast iron skillet. I did, and the honey burned and stuck to the pan, requiring lots of scrubbing and boiling with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Then re-seasoning. I will make this again, but find another way to char the sprouts!

  • Pasta with sausage, onion and grainy mustard

    • MarciK on April 03, 2021

      This was delicious. I used cavatappi because that’s what I had in my house. Although a smaller pasta would have been better, the cavatappi worked fine. I also used dried rosemary but added them with the sausage to soften them more. Fresh rosemary would have been better. The dried didn’t add much flavor. This recipe will be something I come back to.

  • Chocolate and spiced pear freeform tart

    • Cathyschuh on February 14, 2021

      Simple excellent yummy recipe That Chinese 5 spice!

  • Spicy butter-soy chicken

    • hbakke on February 18, 2021

      An easy recipe, but pretty boring. I also don't really love chicken breast. It was too easy to overcook the chicken pieces. I doubt I would make this again.

  • Roasted butternut squash with hoisin and chives

    • hbakke on February 18, 2021

      A bit too salty and the hoisin overpowered all other flavors. Not my favorite squash recipe.

  • Black bean stew with chorizo and roasted tomatoes

    • hbakke on March 23, 2021

      This was an easy, satisfying stew. I did cook it longer than the recommended 15 minutes since my canned tomatoes hadn't really broken down at all after that amount of time. I think it turned out well and would make this again.

  • Rice pudding with star anise and cinnamon

    • JaniceKj on July 06, 2021

      I had to double the cooking time in each step and watch over the entire time for overspills. The flavor was mellow, but tasty. The rice was a bit al dente for my taste. I do live at 4800 ft altitude, that may make a difference on the rice texture.

  • Charred ginger-lime chicken

    • sdeathe on May 30, 2021

      An instant favourite. Quick to pull together, and delicious with a bright spark of lime. I used breasts and did them on the BBQ, adjusting the time as I thought appropriate. Will repeat!

  • Sake and citrus-poached chicken with miso sauce

    • sdeathe on April 03, 2021

      This is really good. And easy. Use the furikake if you can, it adds a lot to the delicious sauce. Next time I'll try using the lime and scallions.

  • Whole-wheat fettuccine with leeks, cabbage and Gruyère

    • sdeathe on January 23, 2021

      The ingredient list made me sure this was a fabulous dish. Unfortunately, it's a bit dull; nice enough but something is missing. Maybe a spark with lemon zest, or a deeper flavour, perhaps with some blue cheese?

  • Ginger-peanut sautéed chicken

    • mpo on December 22, 2020

      Can't cook the chicken on too high of heat because the peanuts and ginger burn. Became very smoky in the house! I added bok choy as well to the pan.

  • Chipotle-lime slashed chicken

    • dc151 on January 20, 2021

      Made with chicken thighs. A lot of the sauce slid off the chicken, caused quite a bit of smoking, resulting in less flavor on the chicken. Maybe less lime juice for a thicker marinade? Or don't put it on the rack? The flavor was pretty nice otherwise.

  • Thai slashed chicken

    • dc151 on December 20, 2020

      Quick to put together, flavor was nice, not overpowering. I used drumsticks, it took a little longer to cook to safe temperature.

  • Pan-seared steak with spiced scallion relish

    • dc151 on March 09, 2021

      Made with skirt steak. I love how everything in this book is so easy to throw together. I am in total burnout mode, but this book has helped me get food on the table. Quick and tasty! No need to marinate for a long time, extra flavorful kick!

  • Mashed sweet potatoes with harissa and pistachios

    • dc151 on December 13, 2020

      Wish the directions were a bit more specific with time and temperature for cooking. We liked this one. Ran out of harissa paste but had harissa spice mix which worked well.

  • Red lentil soup

    • dc151 on February 04, 2021

      Wonderfully simple to put together on a night I was really tired.

  • Afghan-style bean curry

    • dc151 on February 02, 2021

      This was much better than I thought it would be, and got a much better reception from the picky eaters than I had anticipated. Good return for relatively little work. I served this with some naan and some frozen little empanadas on a weeknight where I was too tired to pull much together.

  • Black bean salad with scallions and charred tomatoes

    • dc151 on March 07, 2021

      Lovely dish, quick to make- made with cherry tomatoes and parsley. Made with chipotle lime slashed chicken.

  • Sweet-and-savory skillet-steamed eggplant

    • dc151 on December 12, 2020

      Made with garlic instead of a pepper because of diverse tastes. Wasn’t quite sure if my eggplant was properly charred; regardless, this was lovely! Will definitely make again.

  • Garlic noodles with shiitake mushrooms

    • dc151 on February 12, 2021

      I am working my way through this book, since all the recipes are super easy, quick to make and despite having only 6 ingredients, they never feel like they're missing anything. We all really liked this.

  • Cider-poached chicken with mustard and thyme

    • dc151 on December 12, 2020

      Mustard was overwhelming. But I never poach chicken and should do that more.

  • Pasta with cherry tomato sauce and pistachios

    • amgenove on February 05, 2021

      Might want to try roasting the pistachios for a bit before adding them to get more flavor out of them!

  • Noodles with zucchini and black bean sauce

    • amgenove on April 05, 2021

      A little too salty....maybe reduce the amount of black bean sauce?

  • Curried potatoes, tomatoes and cabbage

    • amgenove on January 21, 2021

      Recipe suggested adding rice to make it a meal, but it could be a meal in itself. Up the spices just a bit and it's perfect!

  • West African peanut chicken

    • Mlr5 on April 07, 2021

      Meh. Love the ingredients and it all came together ok. But it wasn’t special...it was too peanut buttery (flavor/texture).

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  • ISBN 10 0316540307
  • ISBN 13 9780316540308
  • Published Oct 13 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Voracious

Publishers Text

200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes to throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients--from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street

In Cookish, Christopher Kimball and his team of cooks and editors harness the most powerful cooking principles from around the world to create 200 of the simplest, most delicious recipes ever created. These recipes, each with six or fewer ingredients (other than oil, salt, and pepper), make it easy to be a great cook--the kind who can walk into a kitchen and throw together dinner in no time.

In each of these recipes, big flavors and simple techniques transform pantry staples, common proteins, or centerpiece vegetables into a delicious meal. And each intuitive recipe is a road map for other mix-and-match meals, which can come together in minutes from whatever's in the fridge.

With most recipes taking less than an hour to prepare, and just a handful of ingredients, you'll enjoy:
  • Pasta with Shrimp and Browned Butter
  • West African Peanut Chicken
  • Red Lentil Soup
  • Scallion Noodles
  • Open-Faced Omelet with Fried Dill and Feta
  • Greek Bean and Avocado Salad
  • And for dessert: Spiced Strawberry Compote with Greek Yogurt or Ice Cream
When it's a race to put dinner on the table, these recipes let you start at the finish line.


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