Thursday, December 02, 2010

Daisy's Holiday Cooking

This is another book that I can recommend for gift giving for the holidays, Daisy's Holiday Cooking, by Daisy Martinez.

If you or someone you know loves to entertain and loves to have not just the same old, same old, this is a book you'll want to have.

Daisy's Holiday Cooking is full of delicious recipes, with a Latin twist, for the holidays, or any kind of celebration. There are 10 menus in the book, each with a variety of mouthwatering recipes. Each section contains the recipes, notes (on ingredients, preparation and what to do with leftovers), and a preparation schedule which shows you how to easily prep and make the food without having a breakdown in the kitchen. Most recipes come with a picture, for your end result goal.

The book contains a wide variety of recipes from drinks to salads to soups, to much fancier dishes such as Achiote Rubbed Turkey with Manchamanteles. A lovely little book with lots of fun inside. Definitely a winner.

We tried 4 recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Mantecadas (pumpkin muffins). I can't find my photos of these. They were delicious little muffins, full of spice and wonderfully flavored with pecans.

Lime Hollandaise

Unfortunately this one didn't work for me.  It separated.  The recipe, as all, is clearly written and easy to follow, so it's hard to say if it was me or the recipe.  This was my first time making a "real" hollandaise, as I usually make either from a packet or the blender method.  However, the addition of the lime was really interesting and fun.

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Panini

You can't go wrong with a panini, and this one has a delicious sundried tomato mayonnaise. Simple but decadent.

"Casa de Steak" Salad

A lovely salad with bacon and radish, and an easy to make blue cheese dressing.

Thank you, Simon & Schuster!