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I have a little challenge to myself whenever I take stock of my cookbook bookcase and realize I've bought a bunch of cookbooks over the last six months or so that I haven't explored/used enough: make at least one recipe from each one I have neglected in the next month, or cookbook buying goes on hiatus.   And how sad would it be if that happened?

The Smitten Kitchen cookbook made it to the list because though I can testify that I love those gee dee lemon bars (and nope, they're not the same ones on the blog) I hadn't tried any of the savory dishes until tonight.

Zucchini Ribbons with Almond Pesto, y'all.  Seriously.  *faints dead away*

So, toasted almonds, parmesan, a little garlic, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, olive oil, and raw ribbons of zucchini made using your joe basic peeler.  Simple, right?  I do not think I can communicate how freaking amazing the results were.  The Mister, who likes zucchini anyway, kept exclaiming things like, "This is a keeper!" and "Can we make this the next time we have friends over?" like he wanted to show off its awesomeness.  Like, I had to cram the remainder into a container and shove it into the refrigerator so I wouldn't finish off the whole thing when I was putting the leftovers away, that's how good this dish was.  It's basically a raw food dish (though I did toast the almonds as recommended you wouldn't have to), and it could absolutely stand for a "pasta" type dish for someone who is gluten free but can tolerate/likes tree nuts.

Has anyone else been making savory dishes from that cookbook that they've really enjoyed/would recommend I give a try?  So not from her blog this time -- yes, I use the blog too, but I actually would really love to encourage people to buy this cookbook or come tell me all the dishes they love so far from it. 


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Jul. 10th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
That's such a good idea. I should really do that with my (many, many) cookbooks! I don't have that one, though. :-)
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Haha, it can be hard to be strict with yourself about it, because look how pretty those cookbooks are, and how many awesome recipes do they promise to deliver?

I feel like I should try checking more cookbooks out of the library to reduce the piles of them in my home a teensy bit. But then if they're good, I'll want to own them, so.

I've been a little bit smug about the fact that a few of the ones I've purchased recently have been at used bookstores. So maybe I am not exactly cutting down on the buying, but a little bit on the cost?

You should get this one! Except maybe not, because you might already have many -- but not enough obviously, because not this one! :D
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I love the blog, and bought the cookbook, but I have yet to make any recipes from it yet. I really need to get on it, because I know they will be fab.

The Zucchini Ribbons with Almond Pesto sounds like it might be a good place for me to start! :D
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh oh, definitely try this one as a starting point! I think it would be a great dish for company or just to jazz up a simple dinner (we were going to have some rice and daal, and I wanted a vegetable/salad option thingy).

I ended up using a really good olive oil, so I think that helped -- and more lemon and salt than called for, but that's just standard for me. :D

I hope you love the dish if you try it!
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
I've been seriously considering doing something somewhat similar... except my idea was to do at least one new recipe from a cookbook a week (for any week that I'm home, obviously) for a year. And if I miss a week, then I have to get rid of a cookbook. And believe me, I have enough cookbooks that I could get rid of 52 of them and still have way too many (but more to the point, I know that I've got some cookbooks that I could stand to get rid of and this would give me a good excuse).
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds good but tough! For me it's easier to commit to the month thing to start, but I totally commend you for thinking about the 52-week plan. It could definitely be good for the cookbook reduction OR for just discovering tons of delicious new recipes. And it sounds like you have wa-ha-ha-haaayyyy more cookbooks than I!
Jul. 10th, 2014 07:38 am (UTC)
brutti_ma_buoni started a "post a recipe a month" movement a few months ago because she also had cookbooks that she hadn't looked at in quite a while. We post on the second Monday of the month and it's fun.
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
That definitely sounds fun!
Jul. 10th, 2014 10:27 am (UTC)
Ooooooh, that sounds sooo good. I should start trying new things again; I'm sick of everything I usually cook. :))
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay, break out the cookbooks! *clappy hands* There are definitely times I feel like I'm making the same stuff over and over, or the season changes and I think, "What the hell did I used to cook this time of year?" Cooking magazines/blogs can be fun for those slumps if you're looking to jump start yourself with something seasonal.
Jul. 10th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. I haven't even started trying Smitten recipes yet!
Jul. 10th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
If you give one a go and like it, definitely let me know! :D
Jul. 11th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
I love the smitten kitchen blog, but somehow hadn't even realized that there's a cookbook! Is it as amazing as the blog? How do you rate it? I feel like I have really transitioned from a cookbook-based lifestyle to a google-recipe-based one, but I'm willing to make exceptions to the rule if you think it's amazing!
Jul. 15th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, so I really like the cookbook so far! I've always loved her blog since I knew about it, and so I definitely wanted to get the cookbook as support. I mean, I'm sure there are other food writers who are struggling, but I've had such good consistent results with that blog that it seemed appropriate for me to fork over the cash for her book, you know? I actually went so far as to order it online so I could order it on the click-through to the store through her site (assuming she gets a tiny kickback from that).

But I definitely haven't used it enough -- hence it being part of the group of cookbooks I'm trying to work with more this month. So I don't know if I can give you assurances that all of it is amazing; I just haven't cooked through enough of it yet. But I really love what I've made from it so far! And I *suspect* it is that amazing, because again, I've had terrific results with her food blog.
Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, she really is amazing - and I do love her blog - so I should totes support her too, although I might make it a birthday/Christmas wish list item instead and let my mom do the actual supporting. :)
Jul. 14th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
Ooh, this sounds yummy! *bookmarks*
Jul. 15th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
It was really super delicious!
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