Friday, January 30, 2009

January 30th Round-Up!

Can you believe it is the end of January already?! Time for another round-up of more fabulous Tyler Florence recipes.

First, please join us in welcoming our two newest TFF participants:
And lets get right to this week's recipes!

Nancy from The Dogs Eat The Crumbs has been steadily working on expanding her diet and cooking skills in the "greens" category and finally decided to find her inner Southerner and try her first collard greens. Locating Tyler's Slow Cooked Collard Greens, recipe, she was won over by the tender, but still slightly crunchy greens and some tasty lardons of bacon. Her Southern-born husband was so impressed with Tyler's recipe and Nancy's skills, he authored a special thank you for the post.

Karen from Something Sweet By Karen has a passion for a great Lasagna and has been craving some cheesy goodness lately so she went with Tyler's Lasagna Al Forno as her pick this week. Enticed by the positive reviews, the simplicity of the recipe and the basic ingredients it called for, she took the advice from the reviewers and doubled the sauce. The result? It was plenty saucy as well as cheesy, substantial and delicious, and a recipe she would make again.

Our newbie, Jenny from All Thing's Edible, chose Braised Beef Brisket (say that three times fast!), as her first TFF recipe last week but didn't quite make the round up deadline. Using some beautiful, local organic beef, Jenny loved how all the flavors of the brisket and veggies melded together with the herbs and red wine. This week she tried Tyler's Pancetta Carbonara (otherwise known as his wife's pregnancy pasta!), with less raves from her family, as they all like their pasta a bit different. Jenny found this dish a bit to rich and not so great reheated. At least the brisket was a winner!

Our other new TFF participant, Muneeba from An Edible Symphony wanted to share the success she had with Tyler's Chocolate Banana Bread she made in December. Finding the chocolate to be quite the "sexy" ingredient, Muneeba loved how the bread was denser than a cake but lighter than a brownie. She loved the smell of the fresh baked bread and shared the love by taking a few slices to her lucky neighbor!

Pam, from Sidewalk Shoes, is enjoying her brand new Stirring the Pot cookbook, that she won in January's random drawing, (compliments of TFF and Tyler's publicist), and chose the Slow-Roasted Beef Ribs with Mushroom Stroganoff to make this week. She feels she may have over-cooked the ribs a bit but they had a wonderful flavorful brown crust and tasted incredible when shredded and mixed into the stroganoff the next day.

Leanne of Enjoying My Favorite Things really enjoyed Tyler's Rocky Road Brownies--maybe a bit too much, (although she won't talk about how many she ate!). Leanne found the combo of the chocolate, caramel, nuts and marshmallow to be perfect and warns those who make it to be prepared to eat way more than you planned to. This recipe has now been given a big thumbs up by both Leanne & Megan so if you are craving something sweet this one is for you!

Tyler's Chicken Satay was the choice for Susy from Everyday Gourmet this week after she found the recipe online. She really loved the flavor of the peanut sauce and has been using it on all kinds of things. Susy served the satay for dinner with toasted bulgar, peas and eggs. Her whole family enjoyed the meal and it even inspired her daughter to try using chopsticks for the first time!

Busy trying to get her husband's birthday party planned, Andrea from Nummy Kitchen still managed to complete two recipes this week. She made the Spinach & Three Cheese Calzones for Megan's Challenge (a picture and the details on her adorable calzone creature will be on the Megan's Challenge round-up post this weekend), and she also whipped up Tyler's Banana Bread. The banana bread was easy, full of bananas, delicious and a definite make again recipe for her family.

Also doing double-Tyler duty this week was Megan of My Baking Adventures who made both Tyler's Fried Rice with Peas and Carrots and his My Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies this week. Unfortunately the fried rice was completely demolished by five hungry kids, (poor Megan didn't even get any for dinner and there was no time to get a picture!) but she did manage to sneak a couple of the yummy cookies and it sounds like both recipes were a success at her house!

Kim from Stirring The Pot, continues to work her way through Tyler's book, with four of the recipes posted this week: Tyler's Perfect Roast Chicken and his Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pancetta & Cranberries. Kim is convinced this is the best chicken she has eaten and the only way to roast one. The salad was a perfect and delicious compliment to the chicken.

She also enjoyed his Whole Wheat Pullman Loaf which she found to be moist, soft & nutty.

Finally dessert was Amaretto Chocolate Brownies which were as chewy and fudgy as she hoped they would be.

Natashya from Living In the Kitchen With Puppies met her weekly goal of cooking a dish with dried beans, making Tyler's Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Relish. Natashya made this dish into a tasty cold salad instead of a warm relish and was happy with her first time cooking with and eating black-eyed peas, (her only previous experience with them was listening to their music!). A half batch of this recipe makes a lot but she found the leftovers even more tasty as the flavors continued to meld.

And finally, I went with a Tyler recipe I found in Food Network Magazine for Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce. I loved these Asian-flavored burgers made with chopped ahi tuna and topped with a tangy-spicy carrot and ginger puree. Healthy and delicious as a burger on a sprouted-grain bun, the tuna patties were also excellent topping a salad the next day. I will be making these again!

Thanks to all our participants for another great bunch of Tyler recipes this week. Take some time to visit them and see more pictures and get more details on their recipe picks. If you want to pick your own Tyler recipes to make and post on Fridays, send us an email (the address is on the sidebar) to participate and get all the details!

  • We learned that Tyler has partnered with Macy's Department Store for an online 12-part Podcast Series and a Video Cooking Contest with some great prizes. (such as cooking with Tyler, shopping spree with Tyler!) Below are some excerpts from the press release and you can get all the contest details and see the actual podcasts by visiting the Macy's Keeps America Cooking link: here.
"Tyler has partnered with Macy's to find out what gets you cooking. Could it be that special someone in your life? Maybe it's a family tradition? Whatever your reason, we want you to show us for a chance to win a $2,500 Macy’s kitchen shopping spree with Tyler Florence in San Francisco! (In this dreaded state of the economy who wouldn’t want to jump on this offer?) We know you have a great, original recipe that has received rave reviews from your readers and loved ones. All you have to do is record it, upload it and be entered to win the Macy’s Keeps America Cooking contest!"

"In additional exciting news, Tyler produced a 12-podcast series in connection to Macy’s Keeps America Cooking. This podcast showcases what Tyler does best: cooking some of his favorite recipes. He will show you how to make truly gourmet and delectable meals from the convenience of your home with the help of some trusty kitchen tools and products"

  • Don't forget, you have until Sunday, February 1st* (updated date) to submit your Tyler Florence Fridays avatar design. The creator of the chosen avatar will receive one of Tyler Florence's new cookbooks, generously supplied by Tyler's publicist. (Please send us an email with your design attached and "TFF avatar" in the subject line). Email information is on the sidebar. Your friends and family are welcome to submit as well.
  • There are still a couple more days if you want to participate in Megan's Challenge and make those luscious Spinach and Cheese Calzones. Get the details on our once a month bonus dish, right here!

Happy Tyler Florence Friday Everyone!

Friday, January 23, 2009

January 23rd Round-Up!

Thank goodness it's Tyler Florence Friday!

We would like to welcome our new participants this week, Leanne from Enjoying My Favorite Things, and Joanne from Eats Well With Others. So good to have new friends to cook with!
This has been quite a week for the world, let's celebrate with good friends and good food, shall we?

First we have Reeni of Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice, crowned queen of sweets! She made Tyler's Upside Down Apple French Toast, and oh what a decadent treat it is! I am going to need a second cup of coffee with mine, please.

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes made Roasted Root Vegetables with Honey, Balsamic Vinegar and Goat Cheese. I think I am in love. Pam adored the candy like quality that roasting brought out of the veggies and the addition of the balsamic and goat cheese made them a memorable treat of a side dish.

Megan from My Baking Adventures was on a roll this week with three dishes from Tyler. Apparently once is not enough when it comes to Tyler Florence.. *ahem*. Megan made Shepherd’s Pie, Braised Escarole, and Lemon Pudding Cakes as part of a week long birthday feast for her father. This is a good family to be a part of, in case you were looking for one. Well fed.
Above you see the shepherd's pie that her daughter helped her make - a great dish for a crowd.

Lemon Pudding Cakes .

And Braised Escarole with Garlic and Lemon - a great choice for lemon lovers!

Kim from Stirring the Pot made three Tyler dishes this week as well! Kim is working through one of Tyler's new books, Stirring the Pot. (Well, you didn't think it was the other book, did you?)
She made Parker House Rolls and found them light, fluffy and delicious. I have made these before too, and I have to agree on that one!

Kim stayed warm with this Pot Roast Risotto, and was happy to have a chance to use her new risotto making skills that she learned from Williams-Sonoma. Well done!

For a burst of freshness, Kim made this Crunchy Jicama, Mango and Cucumber Salad. She was happy to have a reason to try jicama, new for her, and was thrilled with the results.

Karen of Something Sweet by Karen made these Big, Fat, Chocolate Chip Cookies. Karen has been trying to concentrate on dinners lately, but these were calling her name.... and speaking of calling, Karen is more than willing for a Tyler 911 call. Well, who wouldn't be? Let me know how that goes!

Joanne from Eats Well With Others made Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce and Sweet Potatoes with Honey Butter. A warming comfort meal if there ever was one! Healthy and delicious, Joanne has a real winner here.

Deb from Kahakai Kitchen was another gal offering up multiple servings of Tyler this week, and who could blame her?
She whipped up Tyler's Peppered Salmon with Creamy Chickpea Dressing and Fresh Greens. Another healthy feast that's big on flavour.

Leanne from Enjoying My Favorite Things was delighted with the way Tyler's White Chocolate, Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Cookies turned out. These should be just the thing to pry her hubby away from his Little Debbie fixation.

Andrea from Nummy Kitchen whipped up these Sweetheart Buttermilk Biscuits. She used a heart shaped cookie cutter to give these delicious biscuits a loving touch. Andrea is a sweetheart herself, with one lucky family.

And lastly we have my own offering. Over at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, I made Tyler's Shrimp Scampi with Linguini. I couldn't help it, it looked so good when others did it. I made it extra garlicky and spicy, mmmm...

There is still time to submit your Tyler Florence Fridays avatar design. The creator of the chosen avatar will receive one of Tyler Florence's new cookbooks, generously supplied by Tyler's publicist. (Please send us an email with your design attached and "TFF avatar" in the subject line). Email information is on the sidebar. Your friends and family are welcome to submit as well.
Don't forget you have until the end of the month if you want to participate in Megan's Challenge and make those luscious Spinach and Cheese Calzones. Get the details on our once a month bonus dish, right

Friday, January 16, 2009

January 16th Round-Up!

Yep, its Tyler Florence Friday time again and time to share some delectable Tyler recipes (both Tyler and the recipes are pretty delectable in my book). What a great turn out this week!  First off, lets give a warm TFF welcome to three new Tyler Florence Friday members: 
  • Karen of Something Sweet by Karen
  • Kim of Stirring the Pot
  • Paula of the Passionate Caterer 
Let's start off the round up with one of our newest members, Karen, from the appropriately named, Something Sweet by Karen. Karen was looking for something a little different from her norm and Tyler's recipe for Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts fit the bill. Although blue cheese and walnuts are not flavors she is normally a big fan of, Karen liked the way the pears toned down the blue cheese and how the flavors complimented each other. 

The pear and blue cheese combo also works when made into a crostada  as Andrea at Nummy Kitchen discovered with this recipe for Pear Crostada with Honey, Blue Cheese and Almonds. Andrea found it fun and easy to make and most importantly, delicious!  She also did a little research on the difference between crostadas and galettes which you can read about on her post.  This recipe gets two thumbs up from Andrea.

Cheese plays a big role in our next recipe, selected by Reeni at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. Tyler's Salami Filled Fabulous Focaccia is stuffed with Mozzarella and Parmesan along with salami and grilled onions and peppers. Tender bread stuffed with wonderful goodies, Reeni says it would make a great appetizer or side for a stew or soup or even a main dish if you increase the amount of filling.  She will be making this Fabulous Focaccia again!

Megan's here from My Adventures in Baking with a double dose of Tyler's recipes.  First is a delectable Chicken Francese, chicken cutlets dredged in flour and eggs, browned and served with a lemon sauce.  If that wasn't yummy enough, she followed it up with Tyler's decadent Rocky Road Brownies, piled high with chocolate and marshmallows.  (I think my dinner invite got lost in the mail!)  Both of these recipes were hits with Megan and her family.

Also in a chocolate mood is Susy from Everyday Gourmet. With freezing temps and school closed for the day, what better way to make the kids happy and behaved than Tyler's My Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies?  A great success and hit with everyone for their chewy texture, this recipe joins Susy's "Top 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies" list. (Although she does recommend baking a few at a time for portion control) It's always nice to have helpers when you bake!

Raquel at Love to Bake! is back for her second week of TFF. She selected Tyler's Spaguetti Alla Carbonara as her pick this week. She LOVED it and ate so much she decided to start a diet the next day.  Even Raquel's husband got into the act by taking the picture.  Since this recipe has had a couple great TFF reviews now, I need to mark this one to try myself.  

Kristen from locallcfoods is also back for her second round up and chose to make Tyler's Thick Pork Chops with Spiced Apples and Raisins. Both the brined chops and the spiced apples were hits with her family. She decided to accompany her pork with Tyler's savory Corn Pudding (a hit as well) and some homemade bread sticks.  Kristen made some changes and would do a couple of things differently, which you can read about on her post, but overall was happy with her choice this week.

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes decided to treat herself to Tyler's delicious and decadent New York Strip Steak with Brandied Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme.  Everyone deserves a reward like this one!  Pam did have one BIG complaint about this recipe--it was just TOO good!  She did manage to survive this rich, savory dish thank goodness.  If Pam and Natashya (who also tested this recipe on a previous TFF) both loved this recipe, it's definitely one for "to make" list!

Another brand new TFF member, Kim from Stirring The Pot, is such a Tyler fan she created her blog to cook through his cookbook of the same name. Now that's dedication!  She made Tyler's Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cheese Tortellini for her and her Mom. They loved the pasta and cream sauce and it was a good introduction to acorn squash for them. Kim likes the creativity of this vegetarian dish and its another recipe that now has two positive reviews from TFF participants so you can bet it is delicious!

Natashya from Living In the Kitchen With Puppies unleashed her carnivorous impulses this week with some finger licken Tyler's Ultimate Barbecued Ribs. With a temperature of -28 degrees Celsius, (Yikes! Not exactly BBQ weather!) Natashya used her oven and broiler to full advantage to make this dish. Served with celery sticks, blue cheese dip and beer, it was the perfect pub-style dinner to share with her husband (Natashya recommends these deliciously messy delights be consumed with someone you know and love--who doesn't judge you for the sauce dripping from your chin!).  

For my pick this week I was looking for some lighter healthy recipes and found them in Tyler's Swordfish Baked in Foil with Mediterranean Flavors with I paired with his Tabbouleh. The swordfish was incredible, moist, delicious and with the foil packet, so easy to clean up. I loved this recipe! The tabbouleh was good, fresh and filling, just a bit too much lemon in it for me (strange because I really love lemon), next time I will use less lemon so more of the herbal mint and parsley flavor stands out. Both of these dishes were so satisfying, they didn't feel like low-fat, a big win in my book!

Another terrific Tyler Florence Friday! What could be better than ending the week with a bunch of delicious recipes tested by your fellow bloggers! Writing this round up has made me hungry!  If you have not joined Tyler Florence Fridays but want the freedom of picking your own Tyler recipe each week, shoot us an email and get the details. (Email info is on the sidebar).  

There is still time to submit your Tyler Florence Fridays avatar design. The creator of the chosen avatar will receive one of Tyler Florence's new cookbooks, generously supplied by Tyler's publicist. (Please send us an email with your design attached and "TFF avatar" in the subject line). Email information is on the sidebar. Your friends and family are welcome to submit as well.
Don't forget you have until the end of the month if you want to participate in Megan's Challenge and make those luscious Spinach and Cheese Calzones.  Get the details on our once a month bonus dish, right here!

Friday, January 9, 2009

January 9th Round-Up!

Good Friday, all!

We have made it through another week, thanks in part to good friends and good food.

This week we welcome two new participants to Tyler Florence Fridays, Kristin from locallcfoods and Raquel from Love to Bake. So nice to have new friends to cook with.

We are happy to announce that Pam from Sidewalk Shoes is the January winner of a new Tyler Florence cookbook, provided by his very own publicist. Congratulations Pam!

Now, let's get on to the food, shall we?

The holidays are behind us, we have a great turn out this week.

The first dish is a Salt and Pepper Salmon from Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs. Nancy was thrilled to find a ten minute main when she looked up salmon and Tyler on the internet. The results were fantastic - the only drawback? No leftovers for the pups. Ah well, maybe next time.

Next we have Andrea from Nummy Kitchen with a Peanut Butter Jelly and Banana Panini for the kids. Just in time for Elvis's birthday too! The King would approve, as did the children.

Reeni from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice made a beautiful and low(er) fat Fettuccine Alfredo with spinach fettuccine. Reeni is a girl after my own heart as this has to be one of my favourite dishes. I figure the lighter version means I can eat twice as much, don't you?

Susy from Everyday Gourmet made a Bone-In Pork Roast with Apple Reduction. She is just about to serve it to some friends but couldn't help sampling some in the kitchen. Susy found the roast very tender and was especially fond of the glaze.

Pam from Sidewalk Shoes made Tyler's Ultimate Oven Fries, a dish I have had my eyes on as well. The fries are taken to a new level with Parmesan cheese and flat leaf parsley - what could be better than that?

Next we have one of the most beautiful cheesecakes that I have ever seen. Raquel from Love to Bake made Tyler's Ultimate Cheesecake. I think Raquel and Reeni could go into the cheesecake business together.

One of our newest participants, Kristin from locallcfoods made Potatoes Gratin from Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen. As this was a hit with 3 out of 4 of the children, it goes down as a great success! No picture this week, but stay posted for more great dishes in the future!


Megan from My Baking Adventures made Tyler's Spinach and Three Cheese Calzones. These calzones are the challenge of the month, and Megan has graciously prepared them to show us how easy and delicious they are! For more on Megan's Challenge, click here.

For Tyler Florence Fridays, Megan made Molten Chocolate Espresso, truly an expression of decadence! Megan is now enjoying her new status to SuperMom of the Millennium as voted by her molten chocolate loving family.

Deb from Kahakai Kitchen made a very healthy version of Dolmades, Stuffed Grapevine Leaves. She made them resolution friendly by using brown rice and found that they made very good movie going fare! And you were just going to have popcorn...

Finally we have my own, Natashya from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. I made Tyler's Osso Buco with Gremolata - a wonderful one pot meal with the zesty zing of citrus rind. This one was a definite husband pleaser, and one I will make again.


There is still time to submit your Tyler Florence Fridays avatar design. The creator of the chosen avatar will receive one of Tyler Florence's new cookbooks, generously supplied by Tyler's publicist. Please send us an email with TFF avatar in the subject line. Email information is on the sidebar. Friends and family are welcome to submit as well.

Read all about Megan's Challenge, our once a month bonus dish, right here!