Lifelong procrastinator that I am, you will usually find me in the kitchen on the last day of the month trying to cram every FFwD recipe in at the last minute. This, my friends, is how I roll. I've had about 35 years to perfect my procrastination skills and I think I've finally got it down to a science.
In the month of March there were four recipes: Savory Cheese and Chive Bread, Beggar's Linguine, Salted Butter Break-Ups, and Scallops with Caramel-Orange Sauce. Early on, I decided not to make the Scallops with Caramel-Orange Sauce. Good scallops are hard to find here in Kentucky and I'm pretty much the only one in the house who enjoys them.
Surprisingly, my favorite recipe of the month was the Beggar's Linguine. Dorie's Beggar's Linguine is a combination of linguine (or in my case spaghetti) tossed with pistachios, almonds, dried figs, moist raisins, Parmesan cheese, brown butter and orange zest. I love pasta and I love fruit and nuts, but I didn't really think I would like them together. I couldn't have been more wrong. This dish was amazing and I'm definitely making it again. The brown butter together with the crunchy toasted nuts and the little sweet bursts of fruit was a real revelation. I've been craving it's unique taste ever since I had it for lunch the other day.The second runner up was Dorie's Savory Cheese and Chive Bread. A delicious quick bread loaded with not only shredded cheese, but also cubed cheese with lots and lots of chive flavor. This bread was so delicious toasted and smeared with butter. I made two loaves.
|Cubes of cheese created little cheesy pockets - yum!|
Lastly, here is my sad, very sad, version of Dorie's Salted Butter Break-Ups. The butter break-up is supposed to be a big beautiful golden brown cookie with a gorgeous crosshatch pattern that is broken up and served at the table. Mine was big alright, but it never achieved a golden brown color, the crosshatch marks didn't show up, and there were lots of little holes in the cookie. Baking is one area where I need a lot of work. Clearly. Appearances aside, the cookie itself wasn't a favorite at all. It was buttery and salty, but not very sweet (almost like a cracker). We tried smearing it with Nutella, but at the end of the day, it was only okay. Definitely our least favorite of the three recipes and also something I wouldn't make again.
There are five delicious recipes for the month of April and I want to make them all. Hopefully I won't wait until the last day of April to make all five. That would not be pretty!
Oh Baby! That is one fine roundup....(dribbling on keyboard) and I must get that book! The cheese and chive bread sure has my attention.ReplyDelete
Mmm, you are making me want to cook up that linguine!ReplyDelete
That pasta really does look fabulous!ReplyDelete
I would have been hesitant to try the linguine too. But I trust ya, Kim!ReplyDelete
Great texture in the bread.
Fun round up. That pasta was a surprise hit. I'm hoping that the quinoa will we equally as good.ReplyDelete
haha I LOVE your roundups. It's like I get a big dorie dose all in one shot.ReplyDelete
That linguine sounds delicious. I personally love dried fruit wherever and whenever and in as vast quantities as I can get it! And that quickbread...you can bet I'll be making it!
I so enjoy your roundups too! That book is STILL on my wish list. I'm making Rachael's burger this weekend. I have high hopes!ReplyDelete
oolala! everytime i see the french roundups i always picture myself enjoying these dishes in a cafe in paris, sigh, someday right! they all look so good. the cheesy bread has my name all over it!ReplyDelete
Kim, I love your Dorie Roundups :o) Great recipes this time. I've made the bread several months ago when I first received the book and we all loved it as well. The pasta dish sounds extremely intriguing. I don't think I would necessarily pick it straight out of the book, but after reading yours and several other reviews I will have to give this one a try sometime.ReplyDelete
I have been so into brown butter lately so that pasta sounds like it would hit the spot!!!ReplyDelete
I hear you on the putting things off until the last minute. I wear my procrastinator cap proudly. ;-) That linguine sounds especially unique and delicious, the bread too.ReplyDelete
I had worried that I might not like the Beggar's linguine too. Glad to know it passed your taste test. I always enjoy your Dorie round-ups Kim and appreciate your honest assessment of the recipes.ReplyDelete
Great roundup! I loved the beggar's linguine too and was completely unimpressed with the chive/cheese bread.ReplyDelete
I'd be begging for some of that linguine! It just sounds like all of those ingredients would work so good.ReplyDelete