Monday, September 10, 2007
Recipes You Simply Must Try
The September issue of Cooking Light highlights their staff-voted best recipes of the past 20 years in 20 different categories. I have been trying several of them out and have found each recipe to be a keeper that I will add to my repetoire. I thought I'd pass on to you my favorites so far.
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Dessert: Fresh Orange Sorbet. We made this yesterday. I did substitute about 1/2 c. fresh pineapple juice for some of the orange juice because we were cutting a pineapple and I didn't want to see it go to waste. This is delicious and fresh tasting. I'm sure that it would be good with orange juice from the store (as opposed to fresh squeezed) but the freshness makes it amazing.
Best Quick Bread: Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze. I discovered this four years ago in the September 2003 issue and have made it many times. It is delicious and not nearly as loaded with fat as a traditional banana bread--but you'll never miss it. I substitute apple juice for the rum, or use 1 tsp. rum flavoring.
Best Chicken Dish: Roasted Chicken with Onions, Potatoes, and Gravy. I made this last night for Sunday dinner. The chicken took a bit longer (but it was also bigger) than the recipe called for. I also sprayed the potatoes with olive oil spray half way through cooking because they looked a little dry. The gravy is yummy and if you make as written, has virtually no fat. I also used parsley instead of oregano because the fresh oregano was ridiculously expensive this week at the store. I used sweet yellow onions and they tasted like candy after roasting for an hour and a half. Did I mention how good this was?
I mentioned in an earlier post that I made a Coconut Peach Cobbler when Chris and Morgan came to visit a week ago. It was from this issue as well in their Best Pie or Cobbler category. This was quite good with some extra toasted coconut in the filling and a pinch of ginger with the spices. Making your own pecan ice cream (starting with a store bought vanilla) was worth it, too.
I tried their Best Potato Dish for a BBQ on Labor Day: Garlic Fries. They were heavenly with our Tony Roma's CopyCat Ribs (someday I'll post that recipe.) My fries didn't cook quite long enough to get crispy because we were starving and everything else was ready, but they were still awesome--we just used a fork.
I highly recommend you try out some of these recipes on your family and friends. I love that they taste great and you don't have to feel guilty because they're from Cooking Light (of course, if you eat the entire batch, you're in trouble.) In the meantime, I'll try out a few more recipes and review them in a future post. (By the way, I'm not one of those bloggers that gets paid to review products and recipes. I wish. This is purely because I love food.)