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Banana Foster Quinoa Pudding from Patricia's Pickles, Preserves, & Provisions

As a dessert, honestly, I found this disappointing. It's OK, but it tastes too much like someone tried to make it "healthy". The caramel isn't ooey-gooey enough, the custard isn't rich enough, the rum... read more >

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I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking

By Alton Brown
Stewart, Tabori and Chang - 2002

13th June 2012

Alabama Alchemy : page 146

Once again, Alton shows that a dish I usually make on the stovetop is actually better suited for the oven. The recipe takes more than 4 hours, but most of that is baking time which doesn't need supervision. The texture of the collards comes out terrific, and it's a very forgiving recipe.

So why only 3 stars? Because I prefer more vinegar and some heat in my collards. Of course, you can dress with hot sauce at the table. Also, because it takes 4 hours, and while the tradeoff of effort to dish is good, it also makes collards not a weeknight dish, which is a shame.

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22nd September 2019

Bourbon Apple Pear Sauce : page 239

Very nice take on applesauce. I made it to use up some overripe pears, and it worked just fine. It's also amazingly easy, and using the microwave means no worrying about whether the fruit's going to scorch.

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14th November 2009

Chicken in Garlic and Shallots : page 125

A delicious dish of very slow-fried chicken (almost like a confit) with garlic, shallots, and herbs. One of those great recipes where a small amount of effort looks like a big production number. Save the oil for reuse, now that it's infused with chicken, garlic, and herbs!

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6th October 2011

Eggplant Parmesan : page 113

This is an excellent recipe for eggplant parmesan. The panko crust cooks up light and crunchy, a nice contrast to the meatiness of the eggplant slices. The sauce and cheese work nicely with the crust, but they don't overwhelm it in either taste or texture. It's also a perfect balance of work and time to quality.

A lot hangs on the quality of your tomato sauce here. Get the absolute best you can. I'll also suggest using a mandolin to get consistent eggplant slices, and the 12-inch skillet was definitely the way to go.

I do want to ding this recipe on one issue, though. Perhaps Alton thinks a "medium" eggplant is a lot smaller than I do, but I needed double the amount of panko and parmesan. (Which, of course, I only discovered when I ran out of breading and had half an eggplant left.) I also needed extra sauce for plating; the one cup called for only lasted me through assembly.

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14th November 2009

Get Breakfast : page 66

Any recipe which starts with "1 pound 12 ounce package frozen hash browns" looks like trash cuisine. But it's a fun take on breakfast casserole meets the morning after a big party.

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2nd July 2013

Meatloaf : page 85

Alton starts off by saying there are 300 ways to make a meatloaf, and this is just one of them. Well, it's a pretty nice base, heavy on the Worcestershire and ketchup. I added strips of bacon on top because my wife believes that's what makes it a meatloaf. (Probably just a typo that they were left out of the book.)

I baked it free-form, instead of in a loaf pan. I find this makes the loaf a lot less greasy, but I have to remember to cut 10-15 minutes off the cooking time. (My wife also suggests... wait for it... more bacon, as a heat shield. Reader, I married her.)

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14th November 2009

Pilaf : page 147

Rice cooking is one of my great struggles - I seem to have either wet mushy stuff or a burnt layer at the bottom pretty frequently. But Alton's approach to pilaf is darn near bulletproof, including the facts that it's flavorful, and saves well in the fridge.

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24th July 2014

Smoked and Braised Beef Short Ribs : page 166

Certainly tasty, but I'm not convinced it was worth the extra time and work. How close could I have gotten with a bottle of liquid smoke?

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