Emeril's Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude
William Morrow, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
y first impression of the cookbook is of lots of photos of the author cooking and eating, and looking like he's having a great time doing both! Emeril offers food that '
brings family and friends together
', just the thing for the holidays. He tells us that potluck is about sharing, and that dishes need to travel well.
he recipes begin with
- and a reminder that '
Making stock requires only a little extra time for a huge amount of taste.
' I've never made fresh
but will try it on Emeril's recommendation. On to
Green Vodka Coolers
(with fresh lime juice),
Dark and Stormy
(with rum and ginger beer),
all tempt me. Emeril tells us that
are the essence of the potluck mentality - fun food.
' I've always wanted to make
and there's a recipe here.
Kicked-Up Spinach and Artichoke Dip
sounds like it's to die for (seriously, beware cholesterol!)
are always popular,
Blue Cheese Coins
sound tasty, and how about
Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Terrine
here tend to be hearty, like
Curried Chicken Salad
Emeril's Favorite Potato Salad
(with bacon and eggs, it's a meal in itself) - found good candidates for my New Year buffet in this lot.
are just the thing for colder climes. Not sure about
Cheese and Beer Soup
, but the Chowders and Gumbos sound ideal to warm a body up after outdoor winter activities. In
, Emeril's robust offerings include
Creole Breakfast Bread Pudding
that I plan to try, also a
that appeals, and for sure the
(if I can find any crawfish tails!)
, we have
Creole Mustard and Herb-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin
(sounds similar to a family favorite French Canadian recipe) and a
Poor Man's Beef Wellington
etting ideas for your next potluck? Need
too. I'm salivating over the
Creole Cornbread Stuffing
(with brown sugar and pecans) will be on my holiday table. Next,
. I make
Cranberry Pecan Bread
every year at this time, but this recipe has buttermilk, hmmm ... and
hit the spot. I agree with Emeril on the importance of
Flourless Chocolate Cake
(with kahlua) and
Mr. Lou's Key Lime Pie
, always wanted to make that. There's a cheesecake and a tiramisu and much, much more to satisfy any sweet tooth in your circle of friends.
meril cooks with lots of spice, my family's kind of food. My only concern with the cookbook is that many recipes include '
Emeril's Original Essence
' as an ingredient without specifying an alternative (at least I couldn't find a mention of one). Aside from that, the recipes appeal as appetizing, filling dishes, just right for entertaining a winter holiday crowd.
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