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Instant Gourmet: Delicious Meals in 20 Minutes or Less by Melissa Clark

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  • Cumin broccoli salad

    • wester on July 04, 2012

      This was OK. I found the taste a bit harsh, so I softened it with a bit of crème fraîche, and then it was very good. Mayonnaise might work as well.

  • Fennel salad with walnuts and oranges

    • Gio on December 01, 2015

      Pg. 53. For the past several years I have been disappointed in the quality of the fennel bulbs we've bought. Fennel is in season now in New England yet, no matter where I buy the bulbs they're tough and virtually tasteless. I used to love it's cold crisp sweet flavor. For this recipe I swapped out the orange slices for Pinata apple and loved the combination. It could be a nice little salad if not for the bland fennel.

  • Green bean salad with walnuts and Pecorino

    • wester on February 09, 2013

      Very nice, which is unsurprising given the ingredients.

  • Polenta with shrimp and saffron

    • wester on July 04, 2012

      Easy, colorful and tasty.

  • Citrus-poached chicken breasts

    • wester on July 04, 2012

      The citrus mixture to poach in is very nice, but this recipe does remind me that I do not like chicken breasts. They are just so bland. Next time I'll use chicken thighs. The children did like it a lot. Also, the poaching time given is much too short. I didn't hear the kitchen timer go off, so when I checked I was afraid they might be overcooked. They were still quite pink on the inside.

  • Roasted salmon with bay leaf-orange butter and cashews

    • wester on April 28, 2012

      This sauce was much too sweet for my liking.

  • Green beans with sesame and soy

    • wester on September 16, 2013

      Beans with an Asian twist. Nice, but not really special. Needs a squeeze of lemon.

  • Sautéed cucumbers with tarragon

    • wester on April 05, 2019

      Not my kind of thing - a quite harsh flavor that is not really softened by the butter. Slightly better with a squeeze of lemon, but no repeat.

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  • ISBN 10 014024140X
  • ISBN 13 9780140241402
  • Published Jun 01 1995
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Imprint Penguin Books

Publishers Text

This invaluable resource offers painless ways to create impressive and delectable meals in minutes. Featuring more than 200 recipes for appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, and more, The Instant Gourmet shows cooks how to prepare exciting meals that will appeal to the eye, the budget, the schedule and, best of all, the palate. Line art.

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