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Dinner gets ‘Everyday Easy’

March 12, 2015
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

Bestselling cookbook author in the U.K., Lorraine Pascale delivers a cookbook meant to get a good meal on the table quickly in 'Everyday Easy" (Ecco, $29.99.)

The judge on Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship" and author of several cookbooks including "Baking Made Easy" Pascale means for the recipes to include a side dish with mains and to get everything ready efficiently and quickly.

The book is divided into 10 chapters: Canapes and Cocktails; Starters, Snacks and Soups; Salads; Chicken and Duck Mains; Beef, Lamb and Pork Mains; Fish and Shellfish Mains; Vegetarian Mains; Cakes and Desserts; Bread and Pastry and Tasty Treats.

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Canapes and Cocktails include Quick-Cook Canape Crostini and Pancetta and Parmesan Puffs.

Starters, Snacks and Soups offer Aussie Sweet Corn Breakfast Fritters with Avocado and Arugula Salad and Sweet Chili Jam, Roasted New Potatas and Chorizo Bravas with Aioli and Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup with Chive Mascarpone and Warm Garlic Bread.

Salads include Wild Waldorf Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Granny Smiths, Thai Beef Salad with Roasted Peanuts and Chili Dressing and The Union Cobb.

Chicken and Duck mains offer Really Simple Sri Lankan Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk and Cashew Nut Rice, Chicken Cacciatore with Harissa, Bacon and Rosemary and Five-Spice Roasted Duck Breasts with Cherry and Shriaz Sauce and Sesame Noodles.

Beef, Lamb and Pork Mains include Rich Rump Steak "Sort-of-Stew" with Port, Porcini and Herby Dumplings, The Mighty Moussaka and Sweet and Sour Pork Balls with Crunchy Peanut Rice.

Fish and Shellfish Mains offer Tapenade-Crusted Cod on a Bed of Crunchy Ciabatta, Tomato and Basil, Shrimp Linguine with Chorizo and Cabernet Tomato Sauce and Seared Tuna Steaks with Cannellini Beans, Feta and Mint.

Vegetarian Mains include Goat Cheese, Toasted Hazelnut and Honey Quesadillas with Arugula Salad, Greek Spinach, Feta and Pine Nut Pie with Dill and Crunchy Phyllo and Spicy Bean Burgers with Corn Couscous and Cilantro Lime Creme Fraiche.

Cakes and Desserts offer Little Warm Bramley Apple Pies, Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries and Dulce and Banana Cake.

Bread and Pastry includes Crackle-Top Bread, Net Bread and Puff Pastry.

Tasty Treats ends things with Vanilla Hazelnut and Brown Sugar Shortbread, White Chocolate-Dipped Cherries and Shameless Shortcut Cookies-and-Cream Lollipops.

One busy evening I made Salmon Saltimbocca with Gremolata Potatoes. It was also supposed to have a side dish of Spinach and Sundried-Tomato Salad, and I knew no one in the family would eat it, so I skipped that part. Everything was written, though, in mind for it all to be done at the same time, which is always nice when trying to get a meal on the table after work. The potatoes boiled while the salmon cooked. The salmon was wrapped in prosciutto and sage leaves, and then cooked in a frying pan. The potatoes get an extra kick of flavor from the gremolata - parsley, garlic, lemon and olive oil mixed together. You were supposed to add pine nuts, which I hate, so I left them out. I had to make picky youngest's salmon without the sage, as the hint of anything green would have made it a "yuck" dish, but the oldest and I enjoyed the flavor the fish got from the sage as it cooked. I also had to serve the gremolata on the side so nothing "yuck" would ruin things for the youngest, but I enjoyed the extra flavor on top of the potatoes. The oldest wasn't as sure, but tried it. However, everyone ate every bit of the salmon and everything came together quickly, so it was a good meal for all of us!



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