cheese and the cookbook bottleneck December 11, 2007

Cheeseblog1Hi. My name is Tami…and I am a cookbook addict.

You think I’m kidding? Ask me how many I have coming to me from Amazon right now.
I need an intervention. Seriously.

I received a copy of Adventures of an Italian Food Lover by Faith Heller Willinger months ago. I got it right at the tail end of the blog event that Cath over at A Blithe Palate hosted. If you missed it, go check it out here…so many great entries.

Anyway.

I made a thing or two out of it after reading through the entire book. It’s an interesting mix of travel guide/storytelling/recipes that was, at first, hard to get into. Once I got going, though, I couldn’t help but keep reading. I love the rustic and charming illustrations throughout it, too…

…and then it sat…and sat. On top of it went Bittman (man he’s heavy), Flay, Hay, and the 4 Ingredients and 10 Minutes cookbooks I found in the sale bin at TJ Maxx. Wait till you see what I cook in just 10 minutes with only those 4 ingredients. MacGuyver, look out.

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Today…I re-visited Adventures of an Italian Food Lover and made something tasty and delicious: smoked mozzarella cutlets. How can fried, gooey squares of smoked cheese ever be bad? Grown up cheese sticks? Yes, please. The recipe was super easy, delicious, and worth my house smelling like fry oil for the time being.

To soften the blow of eating a block of fried cheese, I topped them with a quick salad of roasted red & yellow peppers, capers, good balsamic and extra virgin olive oil. It gave a little fresh zing to them, which was appreciated. I’ll be working my way back through this book again to try out some of the seafood dishes, for sure.

Now where did I put Alice Waters…

Comments

Anonymous Dec 11, 2007 01:12 pm

Nice going.. I am going to have a way to smoke cheese in the next couple weeks. I just can’t wait.What should I try first?

Bri Dec 11, 2007 04:12 pm

Yum! Looks delicious. I totally do the same thing of adding veggies where ever I can. Did you dredge the cheese in eggs first, or just coat them in breadcrumbs?

Bri Dec 11, 2007 04:12 pm

Yum! Looks delicious. I totally do the same thing of adding veggies where ever I can. Did you dredge the cheese in eggs first, or just coat them in breadcrumbs?

tami Dec 11, 2007 04:12 pm

Bri-
Its a double dip thing. A dip in egg…then breadcrumbs…then egg…then breadcrumbs. Coating stayed on nicely and got crispy.
– tami

Francesco Dec 12, 2007 12:12 am

I love fried mozzarella (but on its own). One of the most traditional dishes from the south of italy (my country)!!!

Cris Dec 12, 2007 11:12 am

It looks so yummy, love the idea of adding vegetables!

dhanggit Dec 13, 2007 02:12 am

judging from this post..looks like i know what shall i offer for my gourmet friend like for christmas..this book sounds what she needs; interesting stories, recipes and travel adventures…
love the photo you made!! great shot!

Terry B Dec 13, 2007 12:12 pm

As sinfully delightful as fried cheese sounds, the thing that got my mouth watering was the word capers. You’re exactly right. Something as rich as this needs something tart and lively to balance all that richness. I’m thinking some nice fresh orange segments fanned alongside the cheese would do the trick too.