Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24th Round-Up!

April is ending and May is almost here. Spring is in the air, as are the delicious aromas of Tyler's recipes being cooked by all of our TFF bloggers. Speaking of TFF members, we have two new ones to welcome! Please join me in welcoming both Debby from A Feast for the Eyes and Jessica from Cooking Up Memories to Tyler Florence Fridays!

We'll get right to this week's round-up and all the wonderful dishes everyone came up with!

Starting things off is Jenny from All Things Edible with three Tyler recipes this week. Jenny just missed the round-up last week with Tyler's Ultimate Onion Rings from Stirring the Pot, and also whipped up some of his Sweet Potato Chips from Dinner At My House. She thought they were both very good but recommends more batter for the two onions in the recipe.

This week she was extra early with her version of Tolan's Birthday Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. This cake wasn't a hit for Jenny, she found it too moist, boring and dull with not enough icing. But it did receive big compliments from everyone she gave it away to and her kids wanted seconds, so it was a success in that respect.

Getting serious about cooking from her freezer this week, Nancy from The Dogs Eat The Crumbs made the most of some local turkey she had brined and cooked from Tyler's recipe and frozen. She made Tyler's Green Peppercorn Sage Gravy to go with the turkey and loved how delicious it was. Nancy says the flavor was "complex and subtle the smoky touches and the cognac added an understated sophistication." She recommends bookmarking this recipe for next Thanksgiving!

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes has a new challenge for herself, roasting a chicken every week, which sounds like a great goal. She kicked it off with Tyler's The Ultimate Roast Chicken Provencal. She found it to be excellent, the herb paste was very flavorful and the vegetables were amazing, especially over pasta the next day. She would have liked a bit crispier skin but otherwise this dish was a winner.  

Pam and I must be on the same wavelength this week, at Kahakai Kitchen, I roasted a chicken too; Tyler's Chicken with Lemon, Garlic and Fresh Bay Leaves accompanied by his Lemon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Like Pam, I wanted a crisper, darker skin and would cook it at a higher temp next time. I liked the flavor and moistness of the meat and the potatoes were delicious, my favorite part, especially the next day, cooked with prosciutto and green onions.

Looking for an easy, delicious potato recipe for Easter, Susy from Everyday Gourmet made Tyler's Scalloped Potato Gratin. This isn't a health food recipe, Susy says the recipe should be renamed, "Potatoes in Cream", but the taste was "amazing". Her family loved the flavors and there were no leftovers which is always a sure sign of a recipe's success!

Debby from a Feast for the Eyes, is starting her Tyler journey with us inspired by the beautiful Blueberry Blintzes that Muneeba posted. Since she isn't a big fan of blueberries, Debby decided to use her favorite berry and make Strawberry Blintzes instead. Although they were not quite the same as the ones at her favorite cafe, they were delicious and quickly devoured by her husband and son. 

Our other newbie, Jessica from Cooking Up Memories, loved the recipe for Tyler's Ultimate Pulled Pork sandwiches so much she renamed them "Heaven on a Bun"! She says they are "The most delicious thing EVER. Period." High praise indeed! Jessica recommends that it be on the menu for your summer parties and barbecues or to just have a party around the pork, because "it's that good."

It's nice to have Kristin from Sogkonnite Living back to TFF this week. Kristen went Italian this week and made Tyler's Baked Rigatoni with Eggplant and Sausage. She liked how easy the dish was to make and her family all really liked it too. It fared much better in the reviews than the side dish of Kale Chips she made to use up an abundance of the leafy green stuff! 

Although she was unsure whether she would like this recipe, Michelle from Big Black Dog, may have found a perfect side dish with Tyler's Red Onions Roasted With Balsamic and Honey. Michelle says the onion is "FAN-TASTIC!" Even her husband loved it and the fact that it is so easy to make and tastes so great is a bonus, as is the fact that the onion's "color is gorgeous and would add drama to any plate".

Karen from Something Sweet by Karen has never been a huge French toast fan, at least until she tried it Tyler-style with his Croissant French Toast with Soft Caramel Apples. She really liked this recipe and says it is perfect for a weekend brunch because it is "easy to make, doesn't cost too much and most of the ingredients you'll already have at home."

Heather at girlichef was feeling the baking and breakfast vibe, and even got up early to bake Tyler's Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze. She really liked them and found them to be "tender and nicely flavored...the glaze was an awesome zesty contrast to the breadyness of the scone and the mild blueberries." Yum!

Sewing away madly, has not left Natalia from Gatti Fili e Farina much time to cook or stock the fridge fully, so Tyler's easy recipes have come in handy. Natalia made Tyler's Penne with Baby Artichokes, Black Olives and Peas out of her freezer and pantry. Her family (with the exception of one picky eater), really liked this one!

Natashya from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies got out all her pasta making gadgets and tools and pulled out all the stops for homemade pasta for Tyler's Pappardelle Bolognese. There is no way Tyler could make this one any better! With her basil pasta and sides of zucchini medallions and a green salad, she had a delicious and gorgeous dinner! 

Megan at My Baking Adventures found a new dish for dinner rotation in Tyler's Fajitas. The flank steak, marinated in a spicy mojo was "tender and juicy with just enough heat from the peppers to give it an incredible flavor." Megan does advise that you watch what peppers and how much you put in as she almost got hers a bit too spicy. (Read her post for all the details). 

Andrea from Nummy Kitchen, bookmarked Tyler's Parker House Rolls after seeing Natashya post, a while back. She found that they were easy to make and tasted "wonderful", especially loving the little "x" cut on the top of each bun. Her family loved them and Andrea says they would be great for little sandwiches or to enjoy with butter, honey or jam for a breakfast treat.

Great job everyone--I am now officially drooling and hungry! Thanks to all of you for participating and cooking along with Tyler this week.

Don't forget there is still time to welcome spring with our monthly recipe challenge, selected by Megan. This month's Deep-Dish Ham Quiche with Herb and Asparagus Salad, is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, even a light dinner and opens itself up to all kinds of adaptations. You can get all the details and the recipe here.

Have a fabulous weekend with good food and good fun!


n.o.e said...

Great roundup, full of ideas for future meals! Thanks for pulling this together.

Andrea said...

Yum, yum, yum! Everything looks delicious and I've found a few more Tyler recipes to bookmark, yay! Great job on the round-up, Deb :)

Anonymous said...

Whaddya mean it's Friday???
Darn! And I had food, pictures and all all done! I guess this was more of a week than I thought! Lovely dishes ladies & gent! I'll be by to visit!

girlichef said...

Whew...what a roundup! Everything looks great, as usual :)

Natashya said...

Thanks so much Deb, looks great!
Lots of good things to look at and drool over.

I have picked up my ham and asparagus and am looking forward to the quiche.

Reeni♥ said...

What mouth-watering delicacies!! Everything looks fantastic!

Pam said...

I think this is the best round up to date! What a wonderful group of recipes!

Muneeba said...

So. HUNGRY. I think this one's been my fav round-up so far ... maybe it's just my stomach talking ... but everything looks like it has my name on it!

Flourchild said...

Drool drool...great looking food pictures!

Jenny said...

I'm sorry I missed everyone this week, I'm still trying to catch up and the new round up is tomorrow! Eeeek!