Sunday, January 23, 2011
I received two (yes, TWO) new cookbooks for Christmas from my very thoughtful daughter, and recently tried each of them. "Too Hot in the Kitchen" (Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age) has plenty of fun recipes, and I chose to try Lemon Pie...see below.
If I do say so myself, the pie was absolutely delicious! As an added bonus, it's extremely easy as well. However, next time I'll let the reduced fat cream cheese soften a bit more. It was soft when I mixed it, but I wasn't able to get all the lumps out. Wally did not taste the lumps, but I was not satisfied with this effort. But it tasted great and set up very quickly. I'll definitely make this again.
The other cookbook is Betty Crocker Quick Fixes (100 Recipes for the Way you Really Cook). I made the Chicken Piccata. The recipe is easy: Coat boneless chicken breasts in flour and cook in butter and garlic until done. Add a cup of white wine or chicken broth with 2 T. lemon juice and sprinkle with pepper. Heat until hot and serve. Sprinkle with capers.
The chicken was tender and juicy, but I was disappointed that the butter and garlic were over-cooked. The recipe called for cooking at medium-high heat, and I think that was too hot. I used the chicken broth, but may try wine instead. Next time, I'll pound the chicken breasts so they are thinner, and I'll also cook on a lower heat. And yes, I'll definitely make again!
Other recipes I plan to try include Salmon with Soy-Ginger Sauce and White Chocolate Creme Brulee...mmm, can't wait. Thanks, Sarah!