Recipe: Basic Waffle
Book: Alton Brown / Link
Needs: A hungry family
Notes: We have four go-to breakfasts in this family. In no particular order: waffles, pancakes, steel-cut oats, and biscuits. No, these are not from a box. Mixing the actual ingredient adds maybe 3 minutes of flavor and gives 10x the flavor.
This weekend was waffles. This recipe is a blend of regular flour and wheat flour providing a strong base for any number of toppings. In our household you'll typically find syrup, peanut butter, honey, or jam found on our waffles.
A goal of mine is to cook every recipe in America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. Last night Baja-Style Fish Tacos.
Needs: To be made in late summer when tomatoes and cabbage are fresh, not from the big box.
Notes: The simple chipotle chili mayo really made this dish zing! I did not prepare this one, it was my lovely wife. She said prep was easy and "this is my first time really frying things."
Cod quality in central Illinois is lacking. I had to triple bag the cod from Meijer home to keep it from stinking up the car and fridge. After frying and adding sauce, I couldn't tell its quality anymore. Next time we might try frozen to save a few dollars. Maybe I just don't eat enough seafood and cod always stinks. Cleanup after this recipe took me back to my 2 days working at Weathervane in Saratoga Springs - yikes! Just thinking about that place makes me never want to eat a chain restaurant again.
A goal of mine is to cook every recipe in America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. Last night Chicken Tikka Masala Night.
Needs: More broth and more time.
Notes: The flavors melded fantastically as this dinner far surpassed my expectations. Meijer Italian sausage is not as good as other brands. I'm not sure if it was my frozen kale or the thickness of the sausage, but it took twice as long to cook in the last step as advertised. I'd also recommend chopping up the Italian sausage before serving.
The making of this recipe was born out of what I happened to have in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Italian sausage, kale, beans, and tomatoes. I cut off some dry spots from the Italian sausage, and pulled our semi-freezer burnt kale from the freezer. I did grow the kale myself so it was of good quality. The recipe called for two cans of white kidney beans, I only had one, so I grabbed a can of butter beans that had been in the pantry for a couple years.
A goal of mine is to cook every recipe in
Needs: More cayenne
Notes: This is another recipe that pushes the 40 minute mark when working alone. There is quite a bit of chopping and multiple things happening at once. I started the broiler on low which was a mistake. ATK should update their book with broiler settings for modern ovens. I sent this to a friend of mine from India, and he laughs at my Garam Masala spice since he makes his own. I'll save that for when my children are grown.
A goal of mine is to cook every recipe in America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. Monday night was Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla Pie
Needs: Nothing, this was awesome.
Notes: I had the day off so I smoked a chicken for 2 1/2 hours on my Weber Smoker instead of using a rotisserie chicken. I also used a whole wheat wrap instead of a flour tortilla. This recipe was quick, easy, and very tasty. However, I have a slight complaint with the book - it says "precooked rice." The recipe never says to cook the rice and since its precooked I assumed it would cook in the recipe, but 1/4 of the rice was crunchy. I'll know for next time.
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