Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1st Round Up! (Quiche Round-Up Below)

Happy May Day to all!
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.*


Debinhawaii said...

Another great round-up Natashya! More wonderful recipes to try from everyone. Gotta love that Tyler!

BTW--wasn't my ratatouille cute too? ;-) Just kidding! Andrea's waffles were cuter! ;-)

Joanne said...

This is a really great round-up!

Thanks for the Mother's Day reminder...I think I'm going to give my mom a copy of Bon Appetit's Fast Easy Fresh. Hopefully that will inspire her a little in the cooking department...

girlichef said...

Everything looks so delicious! I didn't even know we could win a cookbook (awesome)! Well, this mother's day I'm going to thank my mother for NEVER throwing away any of her Martha Stewart Living magazines cuz honestly, they never get old ;)

n.o.e said...

What a great roundup this week - so much yummy food. And thanks for all the administrative hard work. This week I posted the challenge recipes instead of a regular TFF submission.

My mother moved yesterday to a smaller place, which led to another wave of kitchen editing. She gave me some of her baking pans, and is saving her rolling pin for my niece who is 12 (and she will teach her to make a pie just like she taught my daughters at the same age). She got kind of teary when she parted with her equipment. I love cooking with her recipes, and have some from her mother, too. In turn, my girls and I cook when they're home (not as often now that they're in their 20's and living 1000 miles away!)

Anonymous said...

Everyone's food looks wonderful! It amazes me that we really don't overlap much, if at all!

My mom has been gone a number of years, but I'm just learning to appreciate fully that she left me the most wonderful seasoned cast iron "chicken fryer". Thanks Mom!

Pam said...

Great round-up! As a mom, I am thankful that all of my daughters have grown up with an appreciation of good food and good cooking!

natalia said...

Ciao ! Thank you all for your work on the round-ups !
Well my mum is one of the worst cooks...or better she simply never cooks ! I've never seen her making pasta or an egg ! (The king of the kitchen was my father) That's why my brother and I like to cook so much : she was an un-inspiration!

natalia said...

I forgot to say that I live to far away to partecipate !Ciao !

Jenny said...

Nice round up, lots of reading for me to do!

Contest entry, hmmm, I have both those books, but they sure would make a nice gift. I once gave my mom an autographed copy of Crazy Plates, The Eat Shrink and be Merry sisters in case you don't know, and Tyler might be a good one to give her as well. Last week I was telling my much younger brother how our mother used to cook all the time, used to make wonderful food for us, but then stopped and now makes only things that are premade and frozen. I'd like to get her cooking again, it was a stress reliever for her and so much healthier!

Donna-FFW said...

Awesome round up.. I am hoping to get back in the groove by next week, miss my guy ty.. life has taken over lately..

Thanks for the chance to win.

Julie said...

It all looks mouthwatering as usual :) Especially drooling over the parmesan potatoes!

Muneeba said...

That parmesan potato gratin is going to haunt me. Everytime someone makes it & I see it here, it drives me crazy with longing! Those spinach crepes look pretty awesome too, btw ... all in all, another fab week with Ty!
As for a thought abt my mom or grandma ... there's so many .. I'm gonna give myself some time with that. Get back to you!

Flourchild said...

Oh I need to take my time and look at all of these wonderful dishes you have here!