Friday, January 30, 2009

January 30th Round-Up!

Can you believe it is the end of January already?! Time for another round-up of more fabulous Tyler Florence recipes.

First, please join us in welcoming our two newest TFF participants:
And lets get right to this week's recipes!

Nancy from The Dogs Eat The Crumbs has been steadily working on expanding her diet and cooking skills in the "greens" category and finally decided to find her inner Southerner and try her first collard greens. Locating Tyler's Slow Cooked Collard Greens, recipe, she was won over by the tender, but still slightly crunchy greens and some tasty lardons of bacon. Her Southern-born husband was so impressed with Tyler's recipe and Nancy's skills, he authored a special thank you for the post.

Karen from Something Sweet By Karen has a passion for a great Lasagna and has been craving some cheesy goodness lately so she went with Tyler's Lasagna Al Forno as her pick this week. Enticed by the positive reviews, the simplicity of the recipe and the basic ingredients it called for, she took the advice from the reviewers and doubled the sauce. The result? It was plenty saucy as well as cheesy, substantial and delicious, and a recipe she would make again.

Our newbie, Jenny from All Thing's Edible, chose Braised Beef Brisket (say that three times fast!), as her first TFF recipe last week but didn't quite make the round up deadline. Using some beautiful, local organic beef, Jenny loved how all the flavors of the brisket and veggies melded together with the herbs and red wine. This week she tried Tyler's Pancetta Carbonara (otherwise known as his wife's pregnancy pasta!), with less raves from her family, as they all like their pasta a bit different. Jenny found this dish a bit to rich and not so great reheated. At least the brisket was a winner!

Our other new TFF participant, Muneeba from An Edible Symphony wanted to share the success she had with Tyler's Chocolate Banana Bread she made in December. Finding the chocolate to be quite the "sexy" ingredient, Muneeba loved how the bread was denser than a cake but lighter than a brownie. She loved the smell of the fresh baked bread and shared the love by taking a few slices to her lucky neighbor!

Pam, from Sidewalk Shoes, is enjoying her brand new Stirring the Pot cookbook, that she won in January's random drawing, (compliments of TFF and Tyler's publicist), and chose the Slow-Roasted Beef Ribs with Mushroom Stroganoff to make this week. She feels she may have over-cooked the ribs a bit but they had a wonderful flavorful brown crust and tasted incredible when shredded and mixed into the stroganoff the next day.

Leanne of Enjoying My Favorite Things really enjoyed Tyler's Rocky Road Brownies--maybe a bit too much, (although she won't talk about how many she ate!). Leanne found the combo of the chocolate, caramel, nuts and marshmallow to be perfect and warns those who make it to be prepared to eat way more than you planned to. This recipe has now been given a big thumbs up by both Leanne & Megan so if you are craving something sweet this one is for you!

Tyler's Chicken Satay was the choice for Susy from Everyday Gourmet this week after she found the recipe online. She really loved the flavor of the peanut sauce and has been using it on all kinds of things. Susy served the satay for dinner with toasted bulgar, peas and eggs. Her whole family enjoyed the meal and it even inspired her daughter to try using chopsticks for the first time!

Busy trying to get her husband's birthday party planned, Andrea from Nummy Kitchen still managed to complete two recipes this week. She made the Spinach & Three Cheese Calzones for Megan's Challenge (a picture and the details on her adorable calzone creature will be on the Megan's Challenge round-up post this weekend), and she also whipped up Tyler's Banana Bread. The banana bread was easy, full of bananas, delicious and a definite make again recipe for her family.

Also doing double-Tyler duty this week was Megan of My Baking Adventures who made both Tyler's Fried Rice with Peas and Carrots and his My Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies this week. Unfortunately the fried rice was completely demolished by five hungry kids, (poor Megan didn't even get any for dinner and there was no time to get a picture!) but she did manage to sneak a couple of the yummy cookies and it sounds like both recipes were a success at her house!

Kim from Stirring The Pot, continues to work her way through Tyler's book, with four of the recipes posted this week: Tyler's Perfect Roast Chicken and his Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pancetta & Cranberries. Kim is convinced this is the best chicken she has eaten and the only way to roast one. The salad was a perfect and delicious compliment to the chicken.

She also enjoyed his Whole Wheat Pullman Loaf which she found to be moist, soft & nutty.

Finally dessert was Amaretto Chocolate Brownies which were as chewy and fudgy as she hoped they would be.

Natashya from Living In the Kitchen With Puppies met her weekly goal of cooking a dish with dried beans, making Tyler's Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Relish. Natashya made this dish into a tasty cold salad instead of a warm relish and was happy with her first time cooking with and eating black-eyed peas, (her only previous experience with them was listening to their music!). A half batch of this recipe makes a lot but she found the leftovers even more tasty as the flavors continued to meld.

And finally, I went with a Tyler recipe I found in Food Network Magazine for Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce. I loved these Asian-flavored burgers made with chopped ahi tuna and topped with a tangy-spicy carrot and ginger puree. Healthy and delicious as a burger on a sprouted-grain bun, the tuna patties were also excellent topping a salad the next day. I will be making these again!

Thanks to all our participants for another great bunch of Tyler recipes this week. Take some time to visit them and see more pictures and get more details on their recipe picks. If you want to pick your own Tyler recipes to make and post on Fridays, send us an email (the address is on the sidebar) to participate and get all the details!

  • We learned that Tyler has partnered with Macy's Department Store for an online 12-part Podcast Series and a Video Cooking Contest with some great prizes. (such as cooking with Tyler, shopping spree with Tyler!) Below are some excerpts from the press release and you can get all the contest details and see the actual podcasts by visiting the Macy's Keeps America Cooking link: here.
"Tyler has partnered with Macy's to find out what gets you cooking. Could it be that special someone in your life? Maybe it's a family tradition? Whatever your reason, we want you to show us for a chance to win a $2,500 Macy’s kitchen shopping spree with Tyler Florence in San Francisco! (In this dreaded state of the economy who wouldn’t want to jump on this offer?) We know you have a great, original recipe that has received rave reviews from your readers and loved ones. All you have to do is record it, upload it and be entered to win the Macy’s Keeps America Cooking contest!"

"In additional exciting news, Tyler produced a 12-podcast series in connection to Macy’s Keeps America Cooking. This podcast showcases what Tyler does best: cooking some of his favorite recipes. He will show you how to make truly gourmet and delectable meals from the convenience of your home with the help of some trusty kitchen tools and products"

  • Don't forget, you have until Sunday, February 1st* (updated date) to submit your Tyler Florence Fridays avatar design. The creator of the chosen avatar will receive one of Tyler Florence's new cookbooks, generously supplied by Tyler's publicist. (Please send us an email with your design attached and "TFF avatar" in the subject line). Email information is on the sidebar. Your friends and family are welcome to submit as well.
  • There are still a couple more days if you want to participate in Megan's Challenge and make those luscious Spinach and Cheese Calzones. Get the details on our once a month bonus dish, right here!

Happy Tyler Florence Friday Everyone!


Natashya said...

You did a wonderful job with the round-up Deb! Truly a labour of love. What a great assortment of delicious food - I say we meet in the middle at seven for a pot luck!

Reeni♥ said...

What a bunch of gorgeous dishes!! Were going to get together for a potluck now, right? YUM! Sorry I missed out on this weeks fun.

Muneeba said...

Thks to Deb & Natashya for making me - a Tyler rookie - feel so welcome! Can't wait to try out more of his dishes :)

Jenny said...

Thanks for the welcome - and that's alot of food!