Tired of trying to figure out what to serve for dinner night after night? Fortunately, Michael Roberts isn't. For this Los Angeles chef dinner is the most social, and creative, meal of the day. In this wonderfully delicious collection he shares more than two hundred main-course recipes sure to fit any taste, any mood, any schedule.
Consider, for example: Kettle Dinners. Soul--and body-warming casseroles that simmer all day guaranteed to take the chill off cold nights and blue moods--hearty soups and stews such as Duck and White Bean Chili, and Corned Beef and Brussels Sprouts with Potato Dumplings. Fifties Favorites. The food that nostalgia is made of--box-top recipes resurrected, then made sophisticated and utterly delicious: Macaroni and Cheese and Cauliflower, Maple Syrup Shoulder of Pork, and Sausage and Potato Salad. Dinners Your Grandmother Wouldn't Recognize. Meals drawn from the author's Eastern European ancestry, once lovingly prepared by his two grandmothers, now updated and revised for modern tastes: Chicken Fricassee, Mushroom Barley Soup with Short Ribs, and Barbecued Brisket. If time is a problem, there are Cool Dinners--everything from a classic Picnic Fried Chicken to Seared Swordfish Salad Nicoise, many conveniently prepared in advance. And Last-Minute Dinners--Pan-Roasted Peppered Scallops and Veal Scallopine with Leeks--are perfect for unexpected company or any time you're out of time. Dinners Without Meat prove that vegetarian cooking can be tasty, exciting, and colorful; one need only try Tarte d l'Oignon and Vegetable-Stuffed Cabbage to appreciate Roberts's twist on some old standbys.