Among many other things, this day celebrates that the worst of winter is over (sorry to anyone who's winter is just beginning) and that the gentler seasons are upon us. For those of us that think with our tummies, this means grilling, picnic-ing and ice cream season has begun!
We have a full house of fabulous treats to share today, let's get to it!
I am starting with the cutest of today's submissions, Andrea of Nummy Kitchen made these adorable Mickey and Minnie Waffles for her family. She used the muffin, pancake, or waffle batter that she tried last week for pancakes, and made chocolate chip waffles with some whipped cream, sprinkles, and strawberries. That has to be the most fun breakfast ever!
Deb of Kahakai Kitchen made Tyler's Ratatouille with Feta, Green Olives and Almonds that she found on the Food Network site. I have to remember to look there for recipes, I am always just thumbing through the books. I forget that there are over a thousand of his recipes online. Deb says that the feta-almond mixture takes it to another level and that "This a great healthy and hearty vegetarian meal, especially with some good multi-grain bread to soak up all the flavorful juices." Sounds awesome!
Dianne of Flapper Food made Tyler's Dad's Meatloaf with Tomato Relish and was very pleased with the vibrant flavours. She "flapperfied" it by using ground turkey (instead of pork & beef), whole grain bread slices, non-dairy milk, and turkey bacon for a heart healthy version. Best of all, she served it with beer. Good beer too. Yep. Nice!
Dianne also made Tyler's Hunter's Minestrone and "flapperfied it" by using chicken sausage instead of pork sausage, and whole wheat pasta instead of regular. She enjoyed the flavours, and the lack of zucchini, and thought it tasted even better the next day.
Glennis from can'tbelieveweate made Tyler's Grilled Chicken Breast with Ginger and Soy and found it was absolutely fabulous. She served it with peanut noodles and an artichoke, with fresh cilantro from her garden. Another keeper!
Heather from Girlichef says "Bring on the cheese...the stinkier the better!!!" We couldn't agree more. She made Tyler's Sauteed Feta Cheese with Parsley, Raisin, Caper and Pine Nut Sauce and paired it with a nice Chardonnay. Anyone else wishing they lived closer to Heather?
Jenny from All Things Edible is still on the search for the perfect Roast Chicken and, while she liked this one a lot better than the last one, she is still searching. She is happy to have gotten a golden colour on this bird but the real star of dinner was......
..... The Parmesan Potato Gratin. Yep, this one is fast becoming a TFF favourite. Creamy, cheesy, potato goodness. It's like the mac and cheese of the potato world.
Kim from Stirring the Pot just got back from vacation and made cute little Chocolate Puddings for her daughter Olivia. Olivia got candy toppings and Kim is thinking about making some nice, liqueur flavoured whipped cream for the adults, nice!
Megan of My Baking Adventures made Tyler's Chicken Cordon Bleu with much editing from her family. She found that this one was not the dish to please her crowd but her hubby was smart enough to keep his head down and avoid any chicken related violence over poorly chosen comments. Tough crowd.
Michelle of Big Black Dog was being very creative this week and made Spinach Crepes with the crepe recipe from his blueberry blintzes, minus the sugar, and subbing the sweet fruit filling for Tyler's creamed spinach. She topped the crepes off with a bottle of Larochette Manciat Macon Les Morizottes for an exquisite meal. Says Michelle, "I'm going to be having fun with wine this summer!" All I can say in return is - I'll be there at six!
Muneeba from An Edible Symphony made these resplendent Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwiches that she would be perfectly happy to eat every day for the rest of her life. She served them with a salad of avocado, kidney beans, roasted corn, red onions and fresh lime juice. What a beautiful meal!
Natalia from Gatti Fili e Farina made Tyler's Braised Chicken with Peanuts and Raisins. This was the dish that he had made in the video on our last round-up and Natalia was inspired to make it. She used peanuts and basil in her sauce rather than the original cashews and watercress and loved the flavour. Another winner for Natalia!
Pam of Sidewalk Shoes made this very pretty Pomegranate Margarita which, unfortunately, looked better than it tasted. Might have been the golden tequila, she isn't sure, but she did finish it.. you know.. so as not to be wasteful. Good woman, that Pam.
Over at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, I made Tyler's Blue Cheese and Chive Dip for the late night arrival of my commuter. He was thrilled with the snack and we both loved the delicious combination of flavours.
Susy of Everyday Gourmet made Tyler's Vanilla Bean Butter Cream Frosting for a cake she was making for a small gathering. She loved the flavour and found that it paired nicely with fresh strawberries and ice cream. No pics today, sorry! The cake got eaten up too fast.
Just a quick note - I am changing the deadline for submissions from 3pm to noon on Fridays, Eastern Standard Time, just because the round-ups take a few hours sometimes and I still need to get dinner going after! Thanks so much for understanding.
For May's Cookbook Giveaway: We are down to our last couple of free books from Tyler's crew. To win either Stirring the Pot or Dinner at My Place for the May random drawing, leave a comment on today's round-up. Since Mother's Day is coming up, include a thought or a memory about being a mom or about your own mom, step-mom, grandmother... you get the picture.
*To be eligible to win, you must be a current, active participant in Tyler Florence Fridays and have not won a book yet.*