5 Recipes and Cooking Links You Don’t Want to Miss

by Nancy on April 28, 2012

Smitten Kitchen Buttermilk Roast Chicken

You have to try this delicious Buttermilk Roast Chicken from the Smitten Kitchen.

My oldest daughter, Julie, finished college and has come home for six months. Thankfully she does have a (great) job lined up but it doesn’t start until October. Having her home has thrown me off the lazy ways my husband I got into of grazing out of the frig for dinner. Julie wants “real” food, the kind I fed the family when all our kids were home, delicious entrees, salads and such. So I’m revisiting my cooking skills/recipe repertoire. Here are some of my recent finds:

Asian Inspired Beef Salad is a perfect one dish meal. This recipe was a finalist in the Food52 “Best Beef Salad” contest a couple years ago. For the beef, I used tri-tip steaks I picked up at Costco. If you haven’t tried them you should. They are a less expensive cut of steak. A little chewier but bursting with beef flavor. For this recipe I marinated the tri tips in a 1:1 ratio of soy sauce and red wine with a couple smashed garlic cloves and a handful of cilantro stems for a couple of hours, then grilled as you would any steak.

If you are one of those cooks (like me) who rummages through the freezer at 5pm and pulls out a frozen piece of meat wondering how to defrost it in a hurry read on. Harold McGee, venerated author of On Food and Cooking shares a fast hot water bath method that doesn’t involve the microwave.

All of this cooking means lots more dishes to wash. I’m running back to the store to pick up my favorite dishwashing gloves. To prove I’m not alone in my Casabella glove love, you can read this review from the folks at Cooks Illustrated.

Looking forĀ an easy, not-overly-sweet dessert idea for a special occasion? I made Food52’s Tangerine and Almond Shortbread Tart last month for a family dinner. It’s buttery, nutty and citrusy. Perfect for lingering chats over coffee and a great idea for Mother’s Day menu.

I’m patting myself on the back for teaching my kids how to cook. This week Julie, a Smitten Kitchen food blog addict, took a break from studying for her CPA exam, and made us Buttermilk Roast Chicken. It was incredibly tender and flavorful. Julie served it with roast sweet potatoes and asparagus. I want her to make it again – soon!

buttermilk roast chicken recipe from the Smitten Kitchen

Here's Julie's version of Buttermilk Roast Chicken from the Smitten Kitchen. Don't you love it when a dish looks exactly like the picture in the original recipe ?

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