Simply Fresh: Casual Dining at Home Hardcover – Oct 25 2011
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About the Author
Jeff Morgan writes on wine and food for such publications as the New York Times, Food & Wine, Wine Country Living, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator. He resides in northern California.
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There is a short introduction before each section giving information such as food and wine pairings and giving ideas of what to serve with the dishes and the page numbers. Inserts are included among the recipes with tips such as; how to follow a recipe, making hollandaise and tips for backyard barbeques. Most recipes have pictures of the finished dishes, an index included.
The food is not that out of the ordinary, but they are good basic tasty dishes. We have enjoyed spinach, mushroom, feta cheese omelet, avocado and shrimp salad with creole seasoning and avocado ranch dressing, ham and pea salad with fresh dill ranch dressing (friends have even asked for this recipe), scallops with shallots, parsley and white wine sauce and Italian cream cake.
The only exception has been their version of crab cakes, in which the crab is absolutely overpowered by 3 tablespoons of cilantro and chutney.
These are not difficult recipes to prepare or ones with exotic ingredients, but they do turn out good food.
Chapters include drinks, appetizers and side dishes, brunch, salads and soups, pasta, seafood; beef, pork, and poultry; and desserts. I made the White Bean Chicken Chili that turned out well so it will show up on my menu again. I also made a version of the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon that I really liked (no one else in my family will eat brussels sprouts so I enjoyed them all by myself!).
There are several other recipes I want to try such as Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Italian Sausage, Avocado Turkey Burger, Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Mushroom Gravy, and an Italian Cream Cake that actually seems simple to make. The recipes aren't complicated and use ingredients that can be found in local supermarkets.
This is a collection of recipes I think cooks of any level of expertise will enjoy and it would be a great Christmas gift for any "foodie" friends and family members.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
There are several chef's tips, some of them with step by step photographs, which are alwasy so useful. The photography is just great. You will enjoy this book and keep it at hand to plan your menu.