Friday, May 8, 2009

May 8th Round-Up!

See, everyone loves Tyler, even Max! Actually he has a love/hate relationship with my laptop, he gets annoyed when I am on it and he loves to rub himself against it and try to pull out the power cord with his paw and teeth. 

Take a minute to relax, put your feet up and take a look at the great selection of Tyler recipes cooked up this week and get ready to drool!

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes tried Tyler's Perfect Roast Chicken and brings up a good point about titling a recipe as "perfect" and where do you go from there if you come up with another version? Although she is not willing to call this recipe perfect, she is giving it a place in the top five and feels that all chicken should be roasted with mushrooms. Pam says that the mushrooms in Tyler's recipe are all  "buttery, chickeny" and "fabulous!"

Jenny from All Things Edible tried Tyler's Penne with Sausages and Cream Sauce and liked it, saying that it is tastier than it might appear. It will go on the re-make list with some modifications, as she just "doesn't get" what the peas bring to the dish besides the color, feeling they didn't add to the taste or texture. Since her husband doesn't like peas anyway, he definitely won't miss them either!

Paula, The Passionate Caterer is back with us and made Tyler's Basil Butter Slashed Salmon this week. Using some beautiful wild salmon fillets, Paula found the recipe full of incredible herb flavor and easy to execute. She ended up with perfectly cooked, moist fillets that "exceeded everyone's expectations of delicious salmon" and that she served over some ratatouille for a hearty meal.

Tyler's Lamb T-Bones with Mashed Potatoes and Peas turned out to be a huge hit for Kim at Stirring the Pot. Her family loved the flavor the lemony herb marinade gave the lamb and were only disappointed the T-bones didn't offer more meat. The potatoes and peas were creamy and delicious. 

Kim also made her first homemade Caesar Salad using Tyler's recipe. She found it easy to make and although she may continue to buy bottled Caesar dressing being leery of the raw egg, she likes knowing she can make her own. Her family loved the salad and proclaimed it to be "the bomb!"

Reeni from Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice tried Tyler's Asian Chicken Salad this week, loving the "gorgeous glaze". Not being a zucchini fan, she swapped it out for some cucumber slices and rested her chicken on a bed of grilled romaine. Reeni says that "the soy sauce wasn’t overwhelming; the sauce had a nice balance to it. The chicken was tender and juicy, the grilled romaine had a nice smoky flavor and the cucumbers added a nice, cool crunch."

I call Joanne at Eats Well With Others, "The Queen of the Sweet Potatoes" because she cooks so many amazing dishes with them. This week is no exception as she swapped out Tyler's fave "regular white potatoes" in his Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with her beloved sweet potatoes, deciding that rosemary would go just as well with them. Served with some roasted asparagus, Joanne liked them even better cold the next day!

Natashya at Living In the Kitchen with Puppies made two Tyler recipes this week. She recreated Tyler's Ultimate Fried Fish, this time using rice flour like the online version of the recipe used instead of the all-purpose flour in the book. She was really impressed with how crunchy it made the fish. Instead of serving it with chips and tarter sauce, she made the Cole Slaw with Pecans and Spicy Dressing, greatly enjoying the mild spiciness. With the apples and pecans, Natashya found it reminiscent of a Waldorf salad. 

Natalia at Gatti Fili e Farnia tried her hand at samosa-making by adapting Tyler's Chicken and Spinach Samosas into vegetarian Samosas with Chickpeas and Spinach. She also decided to bake them instead of deep frying. Natalia found them to be "very good" and next time she will follow Tyler's suggestion and make them a bit bigger to be able to get more  of the yummy filling inside.

We were afraid Megan from My Baking Adventures might not make it to TFF this week with her computer being down, but with lots of resolve and a brand new hard drive, she is back on track and comes bearing waffles. Inspired by Andrea's waffles last week, Megan tried Tyler's Waffle Batter recipe and made "by far the best waffles" she has ever made! she says they are "thick and cakey", just the way they like them at her house!

I tried Tyler's Fresh Corn Pancakes Topped with Cheese: Cachapas this week at Kahakai Kitchen and found the corn pancakes to be mild and good, but delicious when topped with spicy beans and fresh veggies. They are easy to make, healthy, and a great way to use up fresh corn. Fully loaded with the toppings, they make a great, colorful vegetarian dinner. Since I can get corn here pretty much year-round, this is a keeper recipe for me.

Another successful week of cooking with Tyler and another stack of recipes to add to the "must-try list".  Thanks to everyone who participated this week. 


May Book Winner!

The winner of one of Tyler's Cookbooks, either Stirring the Pot or Dinner at My Place is Nancy from The Dogs Eat the Crumbs. Congratulations Nancy! (We will be contacting you to find out which book you would like and to get your mailing address).

Have a wonderful weekend! To all the Mothers out there, have a very Happy Mother's Day! You deserve it!


Natashya said...

A great variety of dishes, and a visit from Max! Who could ask for anything more?
Congratulations Nancy, and thank you Deb for all your hard work!

Jenny said...

Lots of goodies - dont' you wish we could gather for a pot luck dinner? :-)

Kim said...

I love this week's round up. There are some really different recipes on there this week.
Jenny- I'm with you on the TFF pot luck. Too bad we're all spread out across the country. A TFF party/potluck would be so much fun.

Andrea said...

Aww, Max is such a cutie!

What a wonderful round-up, everything looks extra delicious. Sorry I had to miss this week, I did make a Tyler dish today though! See you guys next Friday :)

Reeni♥ said...

Max is so cute! Moon does the same thing-and he says "meow" to Max.
Great round-up, as always, I see lots of things I want to make!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Boy do I feel guilty, winning on a week when I didn't participate! But everybody who cooked with Tyler this week really did a fantastic job - I just love it when you guys do the recipe testing!

Heather said...

Lovely recipes! Max is so adorable too!

Muneeba said...

Awwwww ... Max is doing what my Ozzy does ... tries his best to interrupt my blogging!
Another good round-up ... saw some new Tyler recipes in there that I haven't seen before.

Fabjena(TheBestRecipes) said...

Mmm, a lot of yummy things. :))