Friday, September 30, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Leek and Bacon Quiche in a Potato Crust

This Emeril Blogger Party is winding down but it's not over yet! After this post I'll have one more dish to share. I'm making it tomorrow and it's something that I've never tried cooking before! Stay tuned.

One of my favorite things to make is quiche. There are so many variations and they pretty much always turn out delicious. I've never quite made it like Emeril though. Instead of the pastry crust that I typically use, this recipe has you grate potato's, mix them together with some egg and spices and then press it into the bottom of a spring form pan. It's partially baked before the rest of the filling is added.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Chicken Pot Pie with A Biscuit Top

I got to talk to Emeril! Yeah, Emeril Lagasse himself. He was doing a radio show on XM to promote his Sizzling Skillets Cookbook and I called in and got to tell him about some of the dishes I've been making the past two weeks. It was pretty cool. So of course I had to come home and make something new from Sizzling Skillets!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Cheese Enchiladas with a Smoky Red Chile Sauce

This is the 7th post now in this Blogger Party celebrating the release of Emeril Lagasse's new cookbook Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, which is available TODAY! You can get your copy today or keep reading below to find out how to win your own copy.

I've had the book in my hands now for just over two weeks, but if I showed it to you today, you'd think it's a copy I've had for years. Pages are bent down, stained pages abound and the spine is well worn. I can honestly say I haven't been disappointed yet and we've eaten quite well over the last two weeks. The variety of dishes will keep you going and you'll be surprised every time that you're cooking out of the same book.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Tempura Fish and Chips

It's Saturday and I need to post my third installment for the Emeril blogging Party but it was going to be a busy day. Soccer for the kids, birthday parties and then volunteering at a cooking class that night. That meant little time to get a dish made and get a post up about it. So I went for a dish that could fit quickly into our schedule and would still be a hit for the whole family.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Pulled Pork Sandwich and Vinegar Coleslaw

I'm a sucker for good pig. Ever since I had some amazing pork a few weeks ago at a Food Blogger event, I have been wanting to make some more for myself. Then I saw some pork shoulder on sale and it was a go. We got two extremely large Pork Butt roasts so I've now made pulled pork twice in the last three weeks. Pulled Pork is a great way to make a ton of food for a lot of people for not a lot of money. It takes a fairly cheap cut of meat, slow roasts it and turns it into a juicy, succulent meat perfect for piling up on a bun, topping with coleslaw and enjoying with friends and family.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Baked Eggs with Corned Beef Hash

We are definitely a breakfast for dinner kind of family. Of course, we have our Pancake Wednesday tradition but there are often multiple nights a week that we'll have scrambled eggs or other breakfast related dishes for our family dinner. For my next Emeril dish I actually let a friend flip through the book and choose a recipe that he thought I should make. He ended up choosing the Baked Eggs and Corned Beef Hash, and I have to admit I was a little disappointed at first. It just seemed too simple. Could it really be that good?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Party: Banh Xeo - Vietnamese Crepe

One of the things we picked up from our time living in New Orleans was a love for Thai and Vietnamese food. Never would have expected to find it there, but they've got quite a large community and it shows in the quality of food that you can get in the general area. Another place I wouldn't have expected to find a good Vietnamese recipe would be in a cookbook from Emeril Lagasse. But it was there, and it was a pretty big hit. Banh Xeo is a dish I've never tried in a restaurant so I can't vouch for its authenticity but it's certainly one I'll be making again and I would definitely order it off any menu.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Emeril's One Pot Blogger Party - BLT Risotto

This Blogger party is starting to rock! If you want to follow along with some of the other bloggers participating in the review of Emeril Lagasse's new cookbook "Sizzling Skillets and other One-Pot Wonders", check them out here. The Lasagna I made on Sunday has made for some great lunches the last couple of days but alas the party must go on and the second dish I chose to make was a "BLT" Risotto.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Emeril's One Pot Blogger Party - Butternut Squash Lasagna

Starting today, I am participating with 19 other bloggers around the country in reviewing Emeril Lagasse's new cook book Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. For the next three weeks we'll be cooking through his new book working up to its release on September 27th. We'll be cooking through at least nine recipes, talking technique and  playing with some pretty fun ingredients. And I'll even be giving away a copy of the book! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

I'm really not on a mission to come up with obscure ice cream flavors, really, I promise. They are just presented to me and I have an obligation to make sure they are known to the world. This year we took the family to the Minnesota State Fair. On a Saturday. The first Saturday of the Fair. Not the best idea. I don't usually mind big crowds of people, and it wasn't so much a people issue, it was just that there were SO many people. Throw in a double wide stroller and it took us almost 45 minutes to meet up with some friends just down the main street. We honestly didn't get anything done in the 4.5 hours that we were there except the farmhands activity for the kids, grabbed some food and watched a few minutes of a dog show. For someone who likes to spend his time efficiently, I left somewhat frustrated. The only saving grace was the ice cream. One bowl shared between the family. It was Sweet Corn Ice Cream and I've been dreaming of it since we left.