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When the leaves start to fall and the temperature begins to drop, it's time to cozy up with comfort food that takes full advantage of the season's flavors. From squash and root vegetables to cranberries and quince to hearty, savory dishes, Autumn Gatherings will help you make the most of this season's natural bounty. Award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers's recipes are purposefully uncomplicated, focusing on the flavors, aromas, and colors of autumn. Warm up the dinner hour with Broccoli and Roast Garlic Soup, Baked Cardoons in Fontina Sauce, Leg of Lamb with Roasted Ratatouille, and Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding. Take tailgating up a notch with Hoboken Cheesesteaks, Celery Root and Red Pepper Slaw, Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salsa with Tortilla Chips, and Fig Bars. Sweeten a Halloween party with Carrot Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. And family and friends can give thanks over Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Cider Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing with Dried Fruits and Hazelnuts, Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone and Roasted Garlic, and Concord Grape Pie. From the last golden days of August to early December evenings in front of the fire, everyone can celebrate the pleasures of the fall harvest. With delicious recipes and beautiful color photographs, Rick Rodgers and Autumn Gatherings will help inspire you to make the most of this wonderful season.
Everyone knows that the holidays are hectic--but Rick Rodgers, cooking teacher and bestselling cookbook author, knows that they don't have to be. Christmas 101 offers the busy cook carefree ways to entertain with surefire recipes of old favorites, menus, timetables, make-ahead tips, and more. Rodgers will help you throw fabulous cocktail parties and traditional buffets, cook a perfect roast, and spice up your favorite recipes with a contemporary twist. You'll also learn how to make classic breads, candies, and desserts that are the tokens of this special time of year. With patience, kindness, and humor, Rodgers will help you to cook up the very best holiday season yet.
What better way to welcome friends and family than with a steaming cup of coffee and some delectable cake? In Coffee and Cake, acclaimed cookbook author Rick Rodgers presents dozens of recipe pairings for these classic and inseparable components. Rodgers starts with coffee, teaching the basics, from choosing the perfect beans to brewing a fabulous cup or pot. And he offers a selection of delicious international treats, both hot and iced, that can be whipped up at home-from Spiced Mocha and Thai Iced Coffee to a Coffee Frappe and even an Espresso Martini. Rodgers then provides an array of recipes for delicious cakes designed to be savored with coffee, whether it's for a special after-dinner dessert or a get-together with family, neighbors, or friends. Whip up a simple and rustic treat like Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf for a coffee klatsch. Indulge the young and the young at heart with Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache. Here, too, are American-style cakes sure to bring back wonderful childhood memories, including Angel Food Cake with Coffee Cream, as well as Chocolate-Strawberry Sachertorte and more elaborate creations worthy of a European cafÉ. So make that next cup special-serve up a wonderful helping from Coffee and Cake.
Next time you party, try a dip. Or two. Or three. Rick Rodgers, renowned cooking teacher and cookbook author shares 95 of his favorite dip recipes in his new book, Dip It! Of course there's the classic onion soup mix, but why not make Rick's updated recipe with onions? For a Super Bowl or tailgating party, you'll score big with bowls of tortilla chips served up with meaty Hot Beef and Pinto Bean Chili Dip. There are plenty of vegetarian spreads, too. Scoop wedges of pita into Moroccan Eggplant and Tomato Dip. The Faux Cheese Fondue will be a hit with cheese lovers. Rick also offers plenty of lighter dips such as the Two-Alarm Salsa or Three-Bean Salsa. Need an elegant dip for a special occasion? Try the Pesto Mascarpone or the silky smooth Double Salmon Dip. And many of these dips do double duty-use them to bring a little something extra to your sandwiches. And what's homemade dip without crunchy, crispy dippers? There are recipes for homemade versions of Potato Chips, Herbed Breadsticks, Tortilla Chips, and much more. Also included is a complete list of vegetable dippers that will add snap and color to your table. Rick also offers lots of helpful entertaining tips from do-ahead recipes to creative dip holders. So have a party. Take a dip with Dip It!
A good diet is only as good as the food its plan provides. Now, New York Times bestselling author and foremost DASH expert Marla Heller, together with bestselling cookbook writer Rick Rodgers, makes it easy to prepare home-cooked meals that are fresh, fabulous, and DASH-approved. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a required medical recommendation for patients diagnosed with hypertension or pre-hypertension, as it has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol without medication. Until now, there hasn't been a definitive cookbook created by a DASH expert and filled with mouthwatering recipes designed to speed weight loss and revolutionize your health. This ultimate guide to cooking the DASH way serves up everything necessary to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, including: Bold Breakfasts: Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberries and Yogurt, Broccoli and Pepper Jack Omelet, and Whole Wheat Banana-Pecan Pancakes Hearty Soups and Chowders: Homemade Clam Chowder, Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Lentil and Sausage Soup Fresh, Filling Salads: Roast Beef Salad with Beets, Apple, and Horseradish; Chipotle Chicken Chili Taco Salad; and Sea Scallops and Vegetables with Ginger Sauce Enjoyable Entrées: Curry-Rubbed Sirloin with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Grilled Pork and Vegetable Souvlaki with Oregano-Lemon Marinade, and Chicken with Mushroom Cacciatore Sauce Sumptuous Sides: Smashed Yukon Golds with Buttermilk and Scallions, Summer Squash and Walnut Sauté, and Creamed Spinach with Mushrooms Delicious Desserts: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries, Baked Apples Stuffed with Cranberries and Walnuts, and Peach and Granola Parfaits.
As Don Draper famously said, "Nostalgia: a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone." Nostalgia, of course, also calls to one's appetite. Thanks in part to the popular series Mad Men, fans are discovering the classic cuisine of the 1960's; whether to revisit the favorite recipes of their childhoods or to celebrate the comforting, sometimes kitschy, always-satisfying dishes of the era, including:<P> * Waldorf Salad<P> * Sweet and Sour Meatballs<P> * Beef Stroganoff<P> * Steakhouse Creamed Spinach<P> * Buttermilk Dinner Rolls<P> * Cherries Jubilee<P> * Daiquiri Lime and Gelatin Mold<P> 9780762445745Classic cocktails such as Blue Hawaiians, Brandy Alexanders, and Manhattans<P> * And many more!<P> Each recipe is adapted for the modern palate, with less fat and healthier ingredients than in the originals (no more bacon fat as a kitchen staple!). Full-color photographs showcase the food, proving that retro cuisine can be sophisticated and delicious. The Sensational Sixties Cookbook will also provide tips on hosting the ultimate sixties soiree, complete with menus, music playlists, and table decorations. So grab a swizzle stick, put Bobby Darin on the turntable, and get cooking--sixties style!
This definitive baking guide is the much-anticipated cookbook from the Model Bakery, a mother-daughter-run baking destination with a huge local following that's been wowing the Wine Country for years. And this book of sensational artisan baked goods makes clear why there are lines out the door! Featuring 75 recipes and 60 photos, it's as luscious to look at as their most-requested breads, classic desserts, and fresh pastries--all arrayed here--are to eat. Pain au Levain, Sticky Buns, Peach Streusel Pie, Ginger Molasses Cookies, and many more glorious recipes make this a mouthwatering read and a reference gem for lovers of bread and pastry, cakes and cookies, and, of course, the Model Bakery!
When warm rains give way to vibrant crocus blooms, it's time to step outside and enjoy the bounty of spring. From succulent strawberries and apricots to savory green garlic and vidalia onions, Spring Gatherings finds inspiration in the season's freshest ingredients. Award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers captures spring's finest flavors in dozens of easy and elegant recipes. Start off a dinner party with Roasted Artichokes with Green Garlic Goddess Dip or Vidalia Onion Soup with Cheddar Toasts. Impress your friends with a main course of Duck Breasts with Rhubarb-Cherry Chutney or Marinated Grilled Pork Chops with Apricots. Finish the meal with tangy and refreshing Strawberry Mousse and your guests may never leave! You'll also find Rick's favorite recipe for luscious Hamantaschen, perfect for filling the cookie jar, and a complete menu for an Easter feast featuring Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint BÉarnaise and Coconut Tres Leches Cake. There's no better way to usher in the season than by sharing a hearty meal with family and friends. With mouthwatering recipes and beautiful color photographs, Spring Gatherings will bring the fragrance and beauty of spring to your table all year long.
Firm, ripe tomatoes. Golden corn. Fragrant basil. Juicy peaches. Nothing compares with the bounty of summer when colors, flavors, and aromas are at their peak and cooking is easier than ever. Fresh, ripe produce is so tasty and perfect on its own that creating a terrific summer meal can be stress-free, delicious, and fun. In Summer Gatherings, award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers has compiled his favorite simple summer recipes that make the most of the season's flavors. Purposely casual, stripped to their essentials, these recipes are uncomplicated by elaborate sauces or fussy garnishes, focusing instead on the fruits and vegetables that make summer cooking what it is. With Watermelon, Tomato, and Mint Salad to Fried Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms; Soft Shell Crab BLT Sandwiches; Chocolate Cherry Parfaits; Grilled Chicken with White Rosemary Barbecue Sauce; Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Ricotta Salata; and Cantaloupe Ice Pops, Rodgers will help you take full advantage of summer's bounty. From family cookouts to neighborhood block parties, from picnics on the lawn to picnics at the beach, the appetizing recipes and photographs in Summer Gatherings are guaranteed to satisfy and inspire all season long.
Treat your friends and family to a flavorful cup of tea and a plate of scrumptious cookies In Tea and Cookies, acclaimed cookbook author Rick Rodgers celebrates this time-honored combination of beverage and dessert, offering delicious hot and cold tea varieties as well as sweet things to nibble on between sips. Rodgers starts with tea, revealing its rich history and demystifying the process of preparing the perfect cup-from choosing the right tea leaves to the proper steeping times for every flavor. Here, too, are an array of recipes, from the indulgent Orange Spice Tea and Rooibos Hot Cocoa to the refreshing Mango Tea Slush and Peachy Iced Tea Cooler. Rodgers then provides dozens of recipes for whipping up the perfect accompaniments, including international delicacies like French madeleines and macarons and Scottish shortbread; elegant varieties such as Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Earl Grey Ganache; and tearoom treats like Pistachio Meringues and Currant Cream Scones. Whether you are serving a large group of friends, preparing a quiet tea for two, or indulging in a personal treat, this book will guide you through the perfect pairings of tea and cookies.
Every fourth Thursday of November, Americans open their homes to friends and families. But when was the last time most of us made dinner for such a big crowd? With Thanksgiving 101 by your side, preparing for the holiday will be a pleasure. With step-by-step instructions for classic Thanksgiving dishes, as well as new twists on old favorites, this book will become gravy-stained in its first outing. Whether you're looking for new ways to cook turkey; traditional trimmings, chutneys, or chowders; a vegetarian entrÉe; or fresh ideas for regional classics, including Cajun-or Italian-inspired tastes, Thanksgiving 101 serves up a delicious education for novice and experienced cooks alike. And cooks will turn to these dishes all year long whenever they are throwing a big party. With foolproof recipes, detailed menu timetables, and down-to-earth advice, Thanksgiving 101 is the holiday cook's best friend.