Friday, April 3, 2009

April 3rd Round-Up!

I know what you're thinking.

You wish you lived near enough to this store to check him, I mean it, out.

Have any TFFers had the chance to see Ty's store, now that it has been open for a bit? We would love to hear about it. Email in to play cub reporter, and let us know what the store is like. The rest of us can only dream, sigh. (Of course, some of us have more vivid imaginations than others... you know who you are!)

Now, let's imagine that we live in this pretty little town, with this pretty little store and ate off of Tyler's pretty little plates.

What will we eat? Why there is plenty of food right here, courtesy of TFF's finest home cooks.

Jenny of All Things Edible couldn't resist trying Tyler's Mixed Berry Bread Pudding with Lemon Fondant after seeing it floating around the blogosphere all winter. Although Jenny wonders why Tyler would call the icing sugar and lemon mixture fondant, she was quite pleased with the finished product. A little comfort for a cold, gray day. Yum!

Glennis of cantbelieveweate made Tyler's brine and Ultimate Roast Chicken recipes (hopefully not with my niece - hey, what did you name her anyway?) and deemed it "unadulterated HEAVEN!" High praise, Tyler!

Donna of My Tasty Treasures was all about the cocktails this week, making Tyler's Icy Lemon-Ginger Vodka Cocktails to accompany a beautiful antipasto platter. Believe me, you are going to need a cold drink after reading her post!

Hannah of Sweet Cupcake Torture was very impressed with Tyler's Ultimate BBQ Chicken. Although she is a little squeamish handling whole chicken, she did love the flavour of the sauce and the very tasty results. One to repeat, for sure.... maybe with boneless next time!

Deb of Kahakai Kitchen made this beautiful Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Black Lentils out of artisan goat cheese and some lovely beluga lentils that she came across. I am so envious, I have only seen them on Iron Chef. What a glorious dish!

Andrea of Nummy Kitchen made Broa, Portuguese Corn Bread for Tyler Florence Fridays. It is a yeasted cornbread that was rather dense. Andrea is not sure if it came out how it was intended, but had lots of ideas for how to use this unusual bread.

Amanda of Oddball Oven Mitt made Gnocchi for the first time - and look how perfect they are! I have made them a few times and mine don't look anything like that.. plus they take me hours! I think Amanda is an instant aficionado of gnocchi.

Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs made Tyler's Guacamole, stating that it was very good.. but that she still likes her tried and true method best. A very good is high praise, maybe Nancy will have me over for a guacamole tasting party.. I'll bring the cervecas!

Michelle of Big Black Dogs had a TFF Twofer today, making these delicious Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.....

And these beautiful Herb-Roasted Potatoes - seen with glistening roasted veggies. Nice!

Megan of My Baking Adventures tried the Deep Dish Quiche for the April Bonus Challenge, with little success. She veered away from the recipe, and found her changes made the dish far too sweet. Better luck next time, Megan!

Joanne of Eats Well with Others made Tyler's Penne with Artichokes, Black Olives, and Peas which she enjoyed but thought could use a little punching up. Maybe some wine and capers.. and really, what isn't made better with wine and capers? Right Deb?

Pam of Sidewalk Shoes made Tyler's Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, served in this adorable little bowl, and fell in love with the broth. She might forgo the chicken and straw mushrooms next time, and just add some red pepper and maybe some cute little baby corn.

Over at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, I made Tyler's delicious Creamy Parmesan Potato Gratin, which I served with pan fried sole and zucchini. It was very tasty indeed, I just finished the last of it for lunch, yum!

Kim of Stirring the Pot made this very colourful and figure-friendly Endive, Orange and Radicchio Salad. Kim is trying to stay with healthy and slimming foods this month as she prepares for a cruise.. and she is not taking me! So unfair..
Thanks guys, for such awesome cooking this week! Don't forget to check out April's Challenge.
Ok, drumroll please..... the winner of this month's random draw for the Tyler Florence cookbook is.... Megan of My Baking Adventures! Congratulations Megan.


Debinhawaii said...

Great Round-Up! Thanks Natashya--especially since this is your second this week! Lots of yummy lokking dishes as usual. I want to visit Tyler's store!

Megan said...

Yay me! I can't believe I won the book! Thanks Natashya and Deb!

Kim said...

Congrats on winning the book Megan! I told Donna I loved the idea of a cocktail in the weekly roundup. It just shows how versatile Tyler's recipes are : )

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Megan. I missed the round up but everything looks amazing as usual.

Reeni♥ said...

Yay for Megan! Everything looks delicious, as alwasys!

Kristin said...

Everything looks & sounds great ladies. I haven't joined in for a couple weeks, but I'm watching from the sidelines. I would love to go to his store, don't think it's close to me. Was wandering around the Food Network section of Kohl's last night and was dissapointed not to see anything by our fav. man there. :-(

DG said...

Arrrrrrrgggghhhh!!!!!! I was in Northern California exactly one year ago this month and we stopped in beautiful little Mill Valley for a walk and lunch. As I rounded the corner of the main street that ran through town I came across Tyler's store - not open yet :( I was quite disappointed. I have vowed to return (she trumpeted valiantly, pumping her fist in the air).

Pam said...

These round ups just keep getting better and better!

Julie said...

Y'all never fail to make my mouth water. Must..go...cook...

Flourchild said...

Great looking food from start to finish..Im really hungry now!

Muneeba said...

I miss participating in this event! Dammit, I'm gonna scour some Tyler recipes right NOW ... decisions, decisions!

Gabe's Girl said...

I want to live in that little town! When the wee one stops being such a baby diva, I am going to join y'all in this Tyler Florence Fun!

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

Wow, where have I been - I watch you on the Food Network all the time - I guess I thought you lived in there! Just found out you live in our city (San Francisco) and now you have a store in Mill Valley - have to make it up there!