Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24th Round-Up!

When browsing for some kind of new Tyler photo to kick off this week's round-up, I saw this photo of the book section inside of Tyler's Mill Valley store on, the blog of green living guru Danny Seo. (Fun blog by the way!). Danny says, "One aspect of the store that I loved is that it has a “collected” feel to it that makes you want to plop yourself down in the chair and read books and take your time shopping. Shopping to me is a bit of a stressful experience, so it was kind of a relief to find a bit of an oasis this day. In the back, there are these built-in bookcases overflowing with all types of cookbooks. If you’re a foodie, this is the place to go to browse, read, and pick-up a few great cookbooks." (You can see other pictures and read more about Danny's visit to the store here).

Nothing gets my heart a-flutter more than a cozy nook, full of food porn cookbooks to salivate over. Makes me want to curl up in that chair for a few hours and read through all of those gorgeous cookbooks and hopefully get a glimpse or two of Tyler. ;-)

On now to more food porn; the gorgeous Tyler dishes our TFF group have created this week:

Kristin from Sogkonnite Living is here with a Potato & Chourico Tortilla. Kristin says, "This was made by all things I had in the house already- thus continuing my (mostly) grocery shopping free summer." Although good hot, Kristin found it even tastier cold the next day and says, "I'm thinking this would make a great recipe for a brunch or for a pot luck dinner. Easy to make, better prepared ahead and easily transported. Another TF hit!!"

Welcome to Melissa from The Kitchen Canister, joining us for the first time at TFF this week with Tyler's Stir Fried Beef with Tangerines, Green Beans and Chiles. Melissa says this recipe is sure to be a favorite at her house, saying, "As far as the taste of this recipe goes, it was incredible.... The only thing I was disappointed with was the oranges. Maybe I didn't cook them enough or something, but the skin definitely did not lose all of its bitterness. We ended up peeling the skin off. Next time I make this, I will peel them ahead of time."

Beth from The Seventh Level of Boredom says that her tastebuds would give Tyler a standing ovation if they could, for his Roasted Tomatillo Salsa recipe! Beth says, "So, really, this recipe couldn't be easier, and now that I know it is this good, I'll be making another batch just as soon as I can get my hands on some more tomatillos, and I'm going to freeze jars of it for later! I really hope you do try this...I think it is the perfect summer food. I'm wondering how I could work it into a marinade for chicken or pork and then grill that up.....hmmm.... you might be seeing THAT post soon, too!"

Jenny at All Things Edible had several Tyler recipes ready to go but found his Chili Dogs suited her mood and sore toe this week--simple and easy. Unfortunately, they didn't end up being her favorite Tyler recipe--a bit too much ketchup taste for her. Jenny says, "Would I make this again? Maybe, but only if I had people over to feed that I knew would enjoy a basic chili. And I'd increase the chili powder, and maybe find something else to go in there to counter the ketchup and its sweetness."

Tyler's recipes have become a mainstay around her house for Glennis from Can'tbelieveweate and his Tacos Carne Asada was no exception with it's flank steak marinated in citrus and spices. Glennis calls this a "serious keeper recipe", saying, "These were really wonderful. A little different than the fajita recipe...They were re-born today as carne asada quesadillas."
I really love dual purpose recipes! Way to go Tyler!

"This stuff is called "ultimate" for a reason!" says Tammy at Sassafras Cafe about Tyler's Ultimate Barbecued Chicken. "The ultimate barbecue sauce is some of the best I have had, with a perfect balance of spice and sweetness and a thick, velvety texture that clings to the chicken. The Ultimate Barbecued Chicken was delicious with corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, and potato salad. I can't wait to make this again!"

Chaya from Chaya's Comfy Cook Blog made Tyler's Coleslaw with Pecans and Spicy Dressing her way, making a few changes and adding some craisins and yellow raisins. She says, "This was a delicious salad. Everyone, at the table, liked it and had seconds. I would make this again and again and again. The crunch and dressing made this just enough special to set it apart from so many run of the mill cabbage salads. Hats off to Tyler."

Welcome to Katy from Alphabet Soup who joins us for the first time this week. Katy took advantage of a rainy chilly day in Texas to make Tyler's comforting Chicken Noodle Soup. With a lot going on in her house and life, and missing some ingredients, it turned out to be a harder process than she thought. Still she says, "I thought it was very good. Although I wish I'd had the fresh thyme. I think it would have punched up the flavor a bit. This recipe will be going in my keeper file, though it probably won't see the light of day again until the middle of winter. :)"

Also with rainy weather and hearing the soup calling is Natashya at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies who made Tyler's Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, saying that there is nothing nicer to come home to on a blustery day. Natashya says, "The soup I made according to the recipe, except that I minced the ginger and Thai chilies right into the soup and I subbed bamboo shoots for the straw mushrooms. Ooh, and doubled the garlic of course! It was so fragrant and soothing." Served with some yummy-looking Sesame Breadsticks, it is a perfect meal.

Happy 100th post to Joanne at Eats Well With Others! She is celebrating with Tyler's Ultimate Barbecued Chicken. (Miraculous since she is on the 12th flour of an apartment in Manhattan!) Taking creative license with "barbecued" she brined her chicken, covered it with BBQ sauce and baked it. She says, "Personally, I believe the brining is the key because the chicken became infused with this sweet/salty almost buttery chickeny flavor. It tasted more like chicken than any chicken I've eaten in a while. And the barbecue sauce? Good stuff."

A big fan of all kinds of pasta, Kim of Stirring the Pot celebrated her 101st post last week with Tyler's Penne with Baby Artichokes, Black Olives and Peas. Congrats Kim! She says, "The pasta was very bright from the lemon and very fresh tasting with the artichokes, lemon and olives. The tomato paste created a pretty color and a nice tomato flavor. I really enjoyed this as a light lunch. I think it could even be eaten cold as a pasta salad."

After some days of healthy eating, Pam from Sidewalk Shoes was ready to indulge in some meat and cheese and chose Tyler's Chili Cheese Dogs as her indulgence. Pam says, "These were good, just what I had in mind. Now, the topping felt, and tasted, a little more "Manwichy" than chili to me, but that was okay. Nothing better than a beefy hot dog, topped with more beef, and then topped with cheese."

At Kahakai Kitchen, I chose Tyler's Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Truffle Oil Panini, a mushroom lover's delight. The combination of ingredients and flavors really work in this one; it is savory and earthy and really, really good. I had trouble not eating all of the mushrooms in their various stages before I even got them on the sandwich! A keeper recipe for me and a great vegetarian sandwich.

Great recipes--a blend of old and new favorites!

And so that brings us to the pick for our TFF featured recipe for the week that will be posted on Tyler's blog for the world to see. Another tough decision but we just had to go with the green, spicy beauty of the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa from Beth at The Seventh Level of Boredom! The perfect condiment for everything from chips to tacos to grilled meats, it screams summer. Congratulations Beth--we look forward to seeing your salsa on Tyler's blog next week!

Finally there is still time to make our optional "Megan's Challenge" Quinoa Pilaf by the end of the month. (Get the recipe and details here). Screaming for your creative variations, this dish makes a good veggie entree or a healthy side dish for your summer grilling.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Kim said...

Congrats to Beth!! I could gobble up some of that salsa right now : )
Thanks Deb for a great roundup.

Natashya said...

Great round-up Deb!
I would love to have that library nook in my kitchen... sigh.
Wonderful dishes all around, and congratulations Beth!

girlichef said...

I wish I could cozy up in that nook,too...I'd get lost for hours!! Great round-up, everything looks so yummy! Congrats Beth :D

Reeni♥ said...

Another delicious round-up! I want to go to Tyler's store!

Kristin said...

I've finally made my way all the way through another excellent round up- great job by everone! Thanks Deb for another job well done I liked being first! ;) Congrats to Beth!

Jenny said...

Looks like another good week. Now to catch up on all of it!

heatherisathome said...

I really missed my friends at TFF last week. I'll be back this week with great anticipation.

Beth, congratulations on your featured recipe/post!

As always, everyone has done a lovely job. I've added several more recipes to my list following your submissions.

PatyMello said...

Hey, my name is Patricia, and I'm from Brazil !
I love your blog, inspires me all the time...Tyler's recipes are sooooooo tasty ! Too sad I can't find the books here :(
Today I made that fantastic Spicy Coleslaw and the Chicken with Oranges and Olives, which I took from another blog (can´t remember, but I think it was Stirring the Pot) and everybody loved it !!!!!! I forgot to take pictures, but there will be a next time, for sure !!!
My recipes' book is getting bigger and bigger, and bigger...

Pam said...

Wonderful roundup! And congrats to Beth.

Ty'sMommy said...

Oh my gosh, thanks so much, everyone! You all made such beautiful dishes this week, I am really flattered to have been picked. Its great to be in the company of such great cooks! I can't wait to see what you all make next week, I'll be around to check out all your posts shortly - I was offline all weekend and haven't had a chance to check them out yet, but the roundup looks fantastic! Thanks again, Deb and Natasha, for being our TF outlet!