Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen

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100 Of My Favourite Easy Recipes

by Michael Smith

Chef Michael Smith, Canada’s most popular chef, is back with a brand-new cookbook for all his fans! Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen is a fabulous new collection of Michael’s all-time favourite recipes that he regularly cooks at home. Simple, easy to make and packed with tips, all you have to do is follow the instructions and you will be making the best version of the recipe that Chef Michael Smith creates consistently in his own kitchen. Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen includes 100 recipes—from Oatmeal Crusted French Toast or Buttermilk Waffles, to Coconut Crusted Chicken or Honey Mustard Barbecue Baked Baby Back Ribs, or a great fish dish like Grilled Tuna Steak or Pan Seared Scallops. Also included are lots of recipes for delicious vegetables, grains, and side dishes like Nutmeg Roast Sweet Potatoes or Sausage Sage Bread Pudding—and, of course, Michael’s favourite desserts including his Iron Chef Strawberry Shortcake!

 

TSG Review

I had not heard of Michael Smith but the pictures in the book looked good so I’d thought I would give it a try.

I followed all of these recipes exactly as written.

Iron Chef Battle Snack: Avocado, Tuna, and Tomatoes

Iron Chef Battle Snack Recipe

Serves 2

From the salad section. I like this idea of serving avocados in there shell with tomatoes cilantro and tuna.The first time i made it I used tuna in those packets so the tuna was not in big pieces so the picture came out looking a little gross. I made it again with tuna in a can and left them in bite size pieces it looked much more appetizing as you can see in the picture above. The second time I also drained the tuna before adding it. The recipe calls for you to add the tuna juice but I thought it made everything taste a bit too fishy. I really like this dish and it is perfect for my site, great for couples and if you make it a meal instead of an appetizer, single people.

 

Curried Coconut SpinachIMG_7491

Serves 4

Not as good as I was hoping. It turned out sorta bitter and bland. I had to add a lot of salt to bring out the curry and coconut milk flavors. I like all the ingredients in this recipe and should make sense to put them together, but this needs to be redone to make this recipe work.

 

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Serves 4

Very nice and super easy. With just 7 ingredients this recipe is one of my favorites fro this book. A tough piece of meat cooked long enough to tenderize it in a broth of beer, it’s own juices, and onions. I usually have short ribs as a dish called Burgundy beef. It seems to have a deeper flavor to me with the addition of wine but this book is called My Favorite Easy Recipes and this one defiantly counts.

 

Old-Fashioned Doughnut Factory

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Makes 36 to 48 doughnut balls

Easier than I ever could imaging. These are not yeast donut holes so they are not as doughy as you might imagine. They are more like fried balls of coffee cake, really good. In the recipe there are three different glazes you can make: Chocolate, Cinnamon sugar, and the one I elected to make, Honey Glazes. You have to make the dough the evening before so you have to figure that in when you want these to be done.

 

Summary

Very happy with the outcome on these recipes that I can overlook the spinach dish that wasn’t very good. Recipes run the gambit on traditional favorites to some pretty unique recipe ideas. Great flavors,measurements in metric and empirical, and just like the title says EASY! Most of the recipes serve 4-6 people but seem to be pretty easy to cut in half. I can definitely recommend this book.

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