Cook the Books (EveryDay Dorie) A visit with Dorie and 3 Dishes

Happy 2019!!  It has been a crazy start to the year. My darling daughter got her first seasonal job around Thanksgiving and promptly and ended up with a crazy virus that she passed on to me. My son caught it and now my husband is down for the count. So we have been sick one after the other since Thanksgiving! What on earth??

Rewinding to before Thanksgiving, I had the immense pleasure of making a quick trek down to Atlanta to see my friend Angela and for the two of us to go see Dorie at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. The host was Kim Severson of the New York Times. She asked interesting questions and Dorie got to talk about her new cookbook and how she comes up with her recipes!


Once Dorie was done speaking she came out to the lobby to sign her cookbooks. Had I been thinking I would have brought my well loved copy of "Baking from My Home to Yours" for her to sign along with "Everyday Dorie". Several of the dessert recipes were made to share while people waited in line to meet Dorie. It was quite fun to see her again!




I had to drive home after the presentation but before I did Angela and I found an amazing Italian Deli and shop called E. 48th St. Market  to get a quick lunch and peruse our cookbooks. Last I checked she had made a recipe for her family that was a hit!





Since that time there have been 3 recipes assigned to cook from Every Day Dorie and I have actually prepared all three. I am clearly on top of my blogging game these days.

The first recipe was supposed to be posted November 9th. It was Maple Syrup and Mustard Brussels Sprouts. I gathered all of my ingredients for this recipe and prepared on a day when my hubs and son were out of town as I was pretty confident that they wouldn't even try it. What surprised me was that my daughter who will try anything absolutely refused to let even one tiny bite pass her lips. Oh well, more for me. I like roasted Brussels sprouts so I figured I would like these as well. They far surpassed my expectations! The crispy bacon, the tart mustard, the sweet maple. This was one entire meal for me. If you get a chance to make these they are on page 212.


The next recipe for Cook the Books Fridays was Roasted Squash Hummus on page 20. I made a post on facebook that said "Never have I ever made my own tahini, opened a pomegranate, made hummus or potato chowder..until today". I had also never purchased an acorn squash. Up until a few years ago I had never had hummus. We are big fans of the Sabra hummus in our house. Especially the little containers that can be packed in lunches. I have to say, this hummus rivaled our favorites! Once again, my hubs and son did not try it but my girl and I loved it! It was less expensive for me to make my own tahini than to buy a big container that I wouldn't necessarily use and it was far easier than I imagined. To figure out how to open a pomegranate I turned to trusty Youtube and Chef John from Food Wishes to direct my steps. My daughter has a friend who is trying to be vegan so she took the rest of this to school with her for lunch. She texted me later asking for the recipe for her friend! I'd say that is a win!



The recipe for this week was Potato Chowder lots of ways found on page 63 of Everyday Dorie.  Dorie gave several suggestions for different seasons for her chowder. One suggestion was asparagus. I did have some but that was for a sheet pan recipe with salmon and potatoes. So, I just went simple with bacon and cheese and I threw in a little rosemary as well. I have said many times that my hubs is not a fan of soup. However, this was delicious and everyone ate it and enjoyed it. If you are looking for comfort food on a chilly night this is it. If you would like to see how the other cooks from around the world did with these recipes, or if you would like to cook along check out Cook the Books Fridays!

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  1. Looking at your brussels sprouts, I am craving for it again! We are however not a fan of the squash hummus, but it was a fun try. The chowder was a hit in my house, it was so delicious! Envious that you get to meet Dorie! :)

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    1. I was really surprised I like the brussels sprouts! If you get a chance get out there and meet Dorie! She is the best!

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  2. Oh my, you did very well with all three recipes! I happened to have enjoyed the squash hummus too (though not many of other members did). Interesting, right? I enjoyed reading your post. Making one's own tahini is such a breeze too, right?!

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    1. Making the tahini was really easy! I couldn't believe it!!

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  3. Nice catch up post here! What fun to see Dorie and hear a bit about how she creates her recipes! I don't really like Brussels sprouts that much, but that recipe was a real keeper. Glad you all enjoyed the hummus--it wasn't our thing, but dang we love that Sabra hummus too! Finally, that potato chowder is just a treat, right?

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    1. The chowder really was a treat! :) If you get a chance get out there and meet Dorie!

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  4. all so yummy! you did dorie proud and i’m so impressed you make your own tahini!!

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    1. :) The tahini was much easier than I expected!

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  5. Hat trick !!! Love how all of yours turned out and delighted to hear that they were enjoyed, even if not by all family members :) Loved the story of your visit to see Dorie in Atlanta. Even better to do so with a friend as you did. I had the pleasure of joining Betsy in Boston (December) when Dorie visited the Harvard Book Shop. It was a blast and she was as amazing as ever. Good times and great recipes. Hope the family stays healthy- Happy New Year !

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    1. It was wonderful to go with my friend! I loved that she got to meet Dorie as well. I love that you got to see Betsy and Dorie at Harvard! So fun!

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  6. It's all good, seeing you with Dorie and several of Everyday Dorie's recipes in a single post. Last but not least, the comfort of making and feeding the potato chowder lots of way can't be overstated. It's a great start of the new year. Wishing you good health!

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you good health as well!

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  7. Love your whirlwind round up and Dorie meet up pics :-)

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    1. I was definitely thinking of the Doristas!

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  8. Bravo on the trifecta of delicious recipes and YAY for meeting Dorie! She's a treat, isn't she?

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  9. Nice job catching up! Everything looks good and I'm so happy you got to see Dorie again. I keep hoping to make one of her stops but it hasn't happened yet. I hope everyone is well now! I like the looks go your blog. Is it new?

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    1. I think we are on the mend. :) I am trying to update bit by bit so the blog looks better! I hope you get to see Dorie sometime soon!

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  10. Wow, you came up with it all. So sorry about the string of "sicks." The same thing happen to Melissa and her family. It was the flu and it just went through the entire family, one by one. Like you, I loved the Brussels sprouts. Ate them all myself, also. I wasn't a fan of the hummus. Maybe I should go back and try again. This chowder I loved as did all of us, I think. Happy that your friend likes Dorie's cookbook. Also, you are quite the reader. 65. Impressive. Because of you, I have a friend who is planning on reading 50 books this year.

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    1. Isn't this sickness crazy? We had my daughter tested and she was negative for flu but we all got the same thing. I think we are close to the end though. :) Definitely try the hummus again! The pomegranates made it for me. I love that your friend is inspired to read 50!! That is awesome!

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