After making a number of dishes from Dinner: Changing the Game, it’s time to be honest with myself. As much as I want to love Dinner: Changing the Game, I can’t, because it’s not quite the perfect package. It’s excellent for entree ideas that are interesting, relatively low effort and time, and pretty good. I wish it was excellent for entree ideas that were interesting, relatively low effort, and jam-packed with delicious flavor. You see the difference? Case in point, this roasted cauliflower salad with chickpeas, tahini, avocado, and watercress….
Dinner Changing the Game
I’ve been searching for a pappardelle bolognese with lentils and sausage recipe for a while now. Ever since I ordered 4 bags of French green lentils from Bob’s Red Mill and realized 4 bags of lentils is a lot of lentils for one woman to go through. Especially when it’s not the only kind of lentil in my pantry. I had no idea how I was going to eat so many lentils, but I’m pretty happy to eat anything that involves pasta and cheese. Especially if it also involves tomato sauce and Italian sausage.
Tis the season of new cookbooks, and narrowing down all the new recipes I want to try and which cookbooks to focus on first is hard!
Melissa Clark is a food columnist for the New York Times and contributes recipes to their Cooking site/app/recipe box. I’ve been following her contributed recipes since my dad encouraged me to try her Chocolate Whiskey Cake one year. It was exceptionally rich, with a definite whiskey flavor, yet still well-balanced, so I’ve had high expectations ever since. Her new cookbook Dinner: Changing the Game was released last week, and I’ve already talked it up as a great new cookbook buy to a friend. I probably should pick it as focus for testing new recipes this week, right? Hopefully I don’t find that I led him astray…
This week, I’m just going to focus on the one cookbook (!), and since Melissa doesn’t have any desserts in her dinner-focused cookbook, I picked two more substantial dishes, one salad, one soup, and two savory bread dishes that could be dinner or brunch (or breakfast or lunch…) for people to vote from.
A) Blood Orange Chicken with Scotch Whiskey and Olives from Dinner: Changing the Game
B) Rye and Cheddar Biscuits from Dinner: Changing the Game
C) Pappardelle Bolognese with Lentils and Sausages from Dinner: Changing the Game
D) Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby from Dinner: Changing the Game
E) Winter Vegetable Salad with Kale, Cabbage, and Thai Lime Dressing from Dinner: Changing the Game
F) Kimchi Soup with Pork and Tofu from Dinner: Changing the Game
Thanks for voting!