Blasted Chicken

I’ve roasted many a chicken in the oven before, but Sara’s “blasted” chicken cooks at a super high temperature. This created a crispy skin and a juicy inside. As I set the table I realized I didn’t make anything with a sauce to accompany this chicken, but we didn’t need it. It was delicious on…

Skillet Borscht with Meatballs

This recipe is in the meal in one pan chapter and it is easy to see why. It was hearty and tangy and filling. Sara’s comments say her husband can eat borscht hot or cold. My husband and I both agreed we couldn’t eat it cold, but it was a good dish piping hot! page…

Country Pork Soup with cornmeal dumplings

If you like ham, make this soup. It was packed with pork flavor. A hearty soup to make when the weather outside is cold. Simmering away before removing the ham bone. The cornmeal dumplings on top cooked up as a nice cornbread complement. That process reminded me of watching my mom make chicken and dumplings…

Lemony Carrot “Fettuccine” with toasted pistachios

This final recipe looked nothing like the picture in the book. I definitely need a do-over on this one. First of all, I didn’t have the proper tool. I tried using a hand-held vegetable peeler, but the pieces were way too thin. So I got out my mandolin and used the slicer blade, but those…

Sautéed Fish Fillets with creamy mustard-tarragon sauce

This was a tasty fish dish. My sauce ended up much thicker than it was supposed to (and as it looked in the picture) but that did not negatively impact the taste. I enjoyed this dish and will make it again. I especially liked the tarragon flavor. There are directions for how to make a…

Roasted Cabbage with warm bacon-and-blue cheese dressing

Delicious! I’m not sure how healthy this dish is (even with a wedge of cabbage) but it has a roasted vegetable covered in blue cheese and bacon. Yes, I will order that! If you also like that combination of food, this recipe will not disappoint. page 299

Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with everything pita crisps

Two recipes for one! This vegetable soup is heavy with carrots, turnips, and parsnips. All three I have eaten before, but never together in one dish. This soup definitely has a hearty flavor. I recommend it for a cold evening. We eat a lot of soup and, honestly, this one was not our favorite. We…

Saag Paneer with Cauliflower

I used my paneer in this recipe. I was skeptical about this one, just not sure anyone would like it. I was wrong! Derek loved it. Mine didn’t turn out just like the picture, but that didn’t seem to negatively impact the flavor. I’m cooking shows I hear people talk about layers of flavor or…

Homemade Semisoft Cheese (Paneer)

I’m back from our move to Europe! It was an amazing experience. However, I did miss cooking. I’m glad to be back at it. I made the ricotta cheese earlier, but today I tried the semisoft cheese, paneer. It was similar in texture to the ricotta, but it was interesting how I could just cut…