by Claire Robinson
An Edible Book Review inspired by Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.
“Claire Robinson—host of Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix—is here to help you get dinner on the table with minimal fuss and just a few great ingredients.”
“With everyone struggling to steamline and budget, Claire’s recipes make preparing delicious meals a snap. Showing you how to choose the right ingredients along with a little culinary know-how is her specialty. According to Claire, cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be impressive: Simplifying the process with fewer ingredients saves time, frustration, and, ultimately money.”
“From breakfast treats like Brioche French Toast with Strawberries and Cream, to fun starters like Mini Shrimp Cake Poppers, to comforting dinners like Buttermilk Pecan Chicken with Cheesy Penne, all of Claire’s recipes have no more than five ingredients. A quick trip to the supermarket and one bag of groceries later, and affordable, better-than-restaurant quality meals can be ready in minutes.”
I loved the food styling & beautiful photos in this book and I found plenty of recipes to tempt my palate. . .
There are also simple to follow directions and suggestions for additional ingredients to toss in if you have them~ like a pinch of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, a sprinkling of sesame seeds. . .
Since 5 is the magic number, I opted for 5 recipes to prepare, chosen with a conscious effort to eat a little healthier after the gluttony of the holidays. . .
That aside, I would be happy to indulge in a sugar fix with Millionaire’s Shortbread~ a crunchy rich shortbread with caramel & chocolate. . . Flourless Chocolate Lover’s Cake. . .Chocolate Pot de Creme with Cherry Whip. . .
Or Carbo-Load with Polenta “Fries” with Roasted Tomato Sauce—chilled polenta cut into strips & fried in olive oil . . . Claire’s Carbonara. . .Rich Porcini Mushroom Risotto. . .and my personal kryptonite~ ANY type of potato~Walnut-Sage Potato Gratin—potatoes, cheese AND heavy cream. . .
Toasted Fruity Israeli Couscous~ recipe available from Food Network
Ready in 20 minutes and satisfying with the crunch from the pistaschios & sweetness of the apricots. I added some chicken & reheated the next day for a quick lunch.
“Each ingredient should truly stand out in a recipe, and with five or fewer ingredients, you’re really going to taste the food you’re cooking. My dishes are ones that are simple to shop for, easy to prepare, and fun to serve, and they promote healthy seasonal eating. By following my recipes you’ll wind up with lighter grocery bags, a heavier wallet, and uncluttered kitchen, and, most important, delicious meals to share with your family and friends.”
Fig & Blue Cheese Tart~
Frozen Puff Pastry, Carmelized Onions, Dried Figs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Blue Cheese
Carmelized onions & figs are favorites at our house, plus blue cheese~
“After years of cooking, playing, experimenting, and learning, I’ve found that my magic number of ingredients is five or fewer.”
Grilled Romaine Spears with Citrus Vinaigrette~ Romaine, Orange, Shallot, Dijon Mustard, Lemon-infused Olive Oil
I cheated and used my panini press instead of grill pan for the Romaine~
“When your ingredients are good, there’s no need to mask and muddle the flavor with unnecessary add-ons. I always want to know what my food really tastes like.”
Mocha Meringue Bark, recipe available Food Network
My concession to a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day :-)
And a little sip (nip?) of Chocolate :-)
Espresso Martini~ Espresso, Vanilla Vodka, Dark Creme de Cocoa, Kahlua, garnished with whipped cream with some chocolate shavings
Menu Ideas for Memorable Meals are included in the back, with themes like ‘Skip the Sit-Down Cocktail Party’, ‘Casual Friday Night’, ‘The Lighter Side of the Holidays’, ‘Frosty Evening Gathering’ & ‘Bountiful Brunch’ to name a few~
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