Last night I was looking for something something quick, easy and delicious to make for dinner so I picked up Everyday Food-Great Food Fast from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living Magazine.
In the past I have found Martha’s recipes to be quite labor intensive but a few years ago a friend recommended Everyday Food, the little magazine you see in the racks at the grocery store. I was skeptical but my my friend promised that the recipes were delicious and really easy to make, using minimal ingredients and requiring little time. I was pleasantly surprised.
Therefore, when I got home from work and was thinking about what to fix for dinner I reached for the Everyday Food-Great Food Fast cookbook. Everyday Food is a collection of recipes based on the little Everyday Food magazine. Just like the magazine, the recipes are quick (most requiring 30 minutes) to prepare and require minimal ingredients. My favorite features are:
- organized by season (my favorite feature!)
- pictures for every recipe
- a little tag showing preparation/cooking times
I love cooking with the seasons, the food is freshest and most nourishing when it comes straight from the garden (or the CSA) or does not have to travel as far (like from Mexico) to get to the grocery store. When I got home from work I picked up the cookbook, turned to the summer section and found a recipe that I had most of the ingredients for in the house. I made the Indian-Spiced Chicken burgers with a side of watermelon.
Standing by my spice cabinet, I mixed up some cumin, cardamom and a few other ingredients and tossed in chunks of chicken. I let that marinate for a few minutes while I heated the grill and then dumped the mixture into the food processor to chop up a bit more. Once it was pulverized a bit I made little mini patties and popped them on the grill for about 3 minutes per side. In all, it took me about 40 minutes which is what the recipe suggested it would take. To serve these yummy little burgers I grilled some pita bread and we put the burgers into the pita halves with some tomato, cilantro and plain yogurt mixed with a little cumin. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
If you are looking for a go-to cookbook to help you get family meals on the table with minimal fuss then stop into the Bookshop and pick up Everyday Food-Great Food Fast.