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Best summer weekends cookbook
Rodmell, Jane, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Cottage Life Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
352 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TX829 .R618 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Summer only comes once a year. Make it count.

Summer days and weekends are best spent outside. That's when cooks look for recipes that can be easily prepared and served at the cottage or at home, in the country or in the city.

Those recipes and more are all right here, in Best Summer Weekends Cookbook . This edition combines the best of the popular Summer Weekend Cookbook and More Summer Weekends Cookbook and adds seventy-five new recipes. Whether entertaining neighbors or guests staying for the weekend, cooking for the family, or hosting a once-a-summer everybody come gathering, this compendium will become an indispensable kitchen companion, and at 352 pages, it is a superb resource.

Recipe sections include:

Appetizers, starters and sundown snacks Fresh barbecuing ideas Salads and side dishes Make-ahead main courses Light bites Breakfast and brunch Sweet stuff and desserts.

Each recipe also has ideas for variations and substitutions for those times you don't have a particular ingredient on hand. Make-ahead tips reduce kitchen work so you can enjoy your guests' company. The appetizing color photographs will make it hard to resist trying every dish. A new collection of Quick Tricks will help you produce fabulous dishes fast.

Author Notes

Jane Rodmell is the food columnist for Cottage Life magazine and a cookbook author as well as a recipe developer and food researcher for over twenty years.



Sample Recipe from Chapter 2: Great Grilling Pico de Gallo Pico de Gallo is a refreshing Mexican-style uncooked salsa that tastes best when made just before serving. (Luckily, it takes only minutes to prepare.) It's an essential topping for fajitas (p. 74) and a good accompaniment to grilled fish, but it's also great on burgers or served on its own as a dip with corn chips. 4 large, ripe tomatoes, diced 1 small onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2-3 fresh jalapeño peppers, finely chopped, veins and seeds removed 3 tbsp (45 ml) fresh coriander or flat leafed parsley, finely chopped 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh basil, chopped OR 1/2 tsp (2ml) dried basil 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lime juice 2 tbsp (30 ml) safflower or olive oil salt Combine all ingredients. Toss lightly Makes 2 cups (500 ml) TIP: Some field tomatoes have thin skins, and peeling them is a matter of choice. Others, like the plum varieties, have tough skins that require peeling. A proven technique is to have a pot of water boiling on the stove. Drop in a tomatoe and count to 10. Lift the tomato out, and drop into cold water or hold under the tap. Cut a cross on the smooth end and the skin will slip off in large sections. Cut out the core at the stem end. The process takes about 10 seconds, so slip another tomato into the pot as you take one out. Excerpted from Best Summer Weekends Cookbook by Jane Rodmell All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Stocking the Cupboard
Herbs and spices
Canned and jarred foods
Condiments and other staples
Grains, legumes, and pasta
For the baking cupboard
Asian ingredients
South-of-the-border flavors
Get the heat out of the kitchen
Barbecuing with indirect heat
Appetizers, Starters, and Sundown Snacks
Dips and Spreads
Hors d'Oeuvres, Finger Foods, and Starters
Quick Tricks
Great Grilling
Chicken and Turkey
Fish and Seafood
Vegetables, Fruit and Tofu
Marinades, Rubs, Bastes and Sauces
Quick Tricks
Salads and Side Dishes
Salads with Grains, Legumes, and Pastas
Vegetable Salads and Green Salads
Salads with Meat, Fish and Tofu
Salad Dressings
Side Dishes
Quick Tricks
Make-Ahead Main Dishes, Pastas and One-Pot Meals
One-Pot Dishes and Make-Ahead Mains
Quick Tricks
Soups, Sandwiches, and Other Light Bites
Other Light Bites
Quick Tricks
Breakfast and Brunch
Pancakes and French Toast
Egg Dishes
Breakfast Baking
And More
Quick Tricks
Baking and Desserts
The Fruits of Summer
Other Cakes, Cookies, Bars, and Squares
Frozen Desserts
And More
Quick Tricks