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Simply Perfect Every Time: 130 Classic, Foolproof Recipes by David Herbert

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  • Carrot cake

    • Dishyrishie on April 03, 2015

      Add nutmeg with cinnamon. Moist, moorish and always works.

  • Guacamole

    • M0les on May 21, 2014

      Original recipe used coriander, not parsely

  • Minestrone

    • k.a.g on June 16, 2013

      This recipe gets frequent outings at our house each winter, although it's rarely in exactly the same form twice. Don't forget minestrone is a great way to use up odds and ends of vegetables (I often add peas, green beans cut into pieces, fresh tomatoes that are a bit overripe etc) and there's also plenty of scope for substitution (e.g. silverbeet or kale instead of the spinach, spring onions if you've got no leeks). I would however recommend cooking your cannellini beans rather than using a tin, if you can, as the difference is definitely worth it (1/2 a cup dried equals about a tin, although I usually double that). If I had one complaint it's that I think the cooking times are a bit long - in my opinion you're better off cooking just until the veggies are cooked through, no more - and that's nowhere near a hour or so, as Herbert suggests. Also, I would only add pasta to the portion you're going to serve straight away, as it gets very bloated and unappealing in your leftovers.

  • Muffins

    • Purplewhiz on July 01, 2013

      I made apple/date and apple/raspberry variations, using the milk+yogurt substitution for buttermilk. Worked fairly well except did not rise as much as hoped.

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  • ISBN 10 1569244103
  • ISBN 13 9781569244104
  • Published Oct 13 2004
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Marlowe & Co
  • Imprint Marlowe & Co

Publishers Text

Those of us who cook every day have thousands of cookbooks to choose from--but no single book assembles 125 surefire, easy-to-prepare recipes that are certain to come out perfectly. Simply Perfect Every Time collects a cook's everyday canon of recipes--perfect whether you're just starting to cook; have been cooking nightly or on weekends; solo or for family; or, after years of daily cooking, still enjoy preparing simply made dishes.

Recipes cover every meal: eggs four ways (poached, boiled, baked, or scrambled) for breakfast, plus muffins and other baked goodies; sides and salads including caramelized onions, Caesar salad, and roasted root vegetables; a dozen essential soups; main dishes from beef stew to roast chicken to cheese soufflé; carrot cake, vanilla ice cream, and flourless chocolate cake for dessert; plus essential staples like marinated olives, tomato sauce, and spiced nuts. Over 50 photographs throughout are included in this all-in-one cookbook of essential, foolproof recipes.

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