Sweet Potato Pasta has a unique and exciting flavor, making it a great change from the usual. Recipe part of a review of Dairy Made Easy.
The dynamic duo of cookbook writers, Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are back again with the fourth book in their Made Easy cookbook series, Dairy Made Easy.
As I mentioned in previous reviews (See my reviews of Passover Made Easy, Starters and Sides Made Easy, and Kids Cooking Made Easy), the authors are good friends and colleagues of mine, and I am in total admiration of their knowledge of food, their creativity passion for food, and above all, their ability to put forth a creative and exciting cookbook.
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to review their latest book – and one of you will be lucky enough to win your own copy! (Scroll past the review and recipe to get to the giveaway.)
At a first glance:
Oh goodness. I’m drooling looking through this book. I want…everything! I love all things dairy, so you know I’m going to love this cookbook!
Some features I liked:
As is the case with all of the previous Made Easy cookbooks, Dairy Made Easy has a beautiful, mouth-watering image for every recipe. It also features fun dialogue from the authors, making you feel like they’re in your kitchen, clear and easy to follow instructions, and most importantly, it features creative and innovative new dairy dishes. Again, like the previous books, Dairy Made Easy has a clear layout and fun graphics.
The book features a cheese guide, which is certainly helpful for someone like me who is no cheese maven. It has a “make it light guide” showcasing the recipes that are light(er) or can easily be made lighter. And while it is a dairy book, Dairy Made Easy also has a “make it parve” guide, indicating recipes that can easily be made non-dairy.
I liked the way this cookbook was divided. There’s a breakfast section (starting, ironically enough with Saturday Night Fritata), a section of starters and sides, a section on Soups, Salads and Sandwiches (think, cafe type, lunch food). There’s also a section on Pizza, one on Pasta, and one on dessert. It pretty much covers all bases when it comes to dairy meals!
Some recipes I can’t wait to try:
Creamy Cajun Penne – think Penne a la Vodka but with a hot twist!
Sweet Chili Homefries – I love homefries, I love sweet chili sauce… how could this go wrong?
Peanut Butter Creme Brulee – Have I ever told you folks how much I love peanut butter? Well imagine it in creme brulee! I know. Stop drooling.
Broccoli Spring Rolls – you can even try to convince yourself that this fried appetizer is healthy, because…broccoli!
Honey Pomodoro Pizza –I admit, I don’t make homemade pizza very often, but the next time I do, I think this will be the one.
Cold Brewed Coffee – I dunno why I haven’t tried this trend yet, but how up my alley does this sound?
Who this cookbook is for:
If you love to cook dairy, but find yourself stuck for new ideas and bored of the old ones, this is THE book for you.
If you don’t eat meat or chicken, or if you try to minimize the amount of it, this book will be useful to you.
If you’re cooking for Shavuot, Hanukkah, or any other special occasion when dairy is served, this book is for you!
Who this cookbook isn’t for:
As you might imagine, the recipes in this book feature lots of butter, cream, cheese, and carbs. If you’re on a heavy diet, you’re probably going to be tempted by many of the recipes, but will find you can’t make too many of them.
If you’re a real meat and potatoes kinda person, this isn’t a book for you (obviously?).
Lastly, if you’re expecting lots of fish, whole grain, quinoa and veggie burger recipes, you won’t find them in this book.
What I didn’t like about this book:
As I mentioned, the recipes in this book aren’t all that healthy. And you all know how I’m constantly dieting, so I can’t make too many of the recipes in this book when I am in heavy diet mode.
Like I said before, I am not much of a homemade pizza person, so there’s an entire chapter that I will rarely, if ever, cook from. That being said, it’s obviously a personal preference.
This is a great book full of yummy looking, innovative dairy recipes. At Amazon’s current price of less than $12, it’s a real no brainer to buy this – even if you don’t cook dairy that often!
And now, for a sample recipe from Dairy Made Easy! It’s a really cool new pasta dish. Totally different than anything I’ve ever tasted, making it a nice change from the usual.
- 1 lb spaghetti or penne
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, place diced sweet potato in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Drain and mash the sweet potatoes, then set aside.
- In a medium saucepot, melt the butter (or simply heat the oil) over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth.
- Slowly add the milk and cream and whisk until smooth. Bring it to a simmer, then let it cook for about ten minutes, until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
- Gradually add the mashed sweet potatoes to the sauce. Whisk until smooth, and the potatoes have dissolved into the sauce, making it quite thick. Cook for another five minutes.
- Add the pasta, about ⅓ at a time, stirring to coat with sauce after each addition.
- Add the cheese and salt and mix until the cheese is melted.
- Serve hot.
Giveaway is over! Congratulations Frady on winning!
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