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Hits and Misses from Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

girlwonder88 | Apr 10, 201310:43 AM     74

I know we have a lengthy thread about her blog but didn't find anything about her book. I'm enjoying it, and would love to hear others' thoughts.

I'll start:
Hits:
-Tomato Scallion Shortcakes-cover recipe. Lovely and simple! Can't wait to have local tomatoes for these but supermarket pear tomatoes worked fine.
-broccoli slaw-an upgraded version of classic broccoli and raisin salad. Deceptively simple, but really, really good, esp second day. Subbed regular onion no problem.
-butternut squash galette-this was insanely good. Made two smaller ones, one GF. I used regular onions, as I don't think caramelized sweet onions have enough depth of flavor.
-apple cider caramels. Fortunately, we made a bunch of boiled cider syrup every year after we press cider, which cuts the time on these waaaay down. I like them a lot; nice for Christmas. `

Misses:
-rushed pizza dough: while very easy, and kids thought it was fine, I thought it was a pretty bland dough. Prefer other recipes.
-wild rice gratin. SOOO disappointed in this one; looks gorgeous on the page but was really dry. I think it needs a bechamel to bind it, rather than just cheese. Curious if anyone had a different experience.
-salted brown butter crispie treats: I think this might have been my fault, as I've seen many rave reviews of these. I used GF rice crispies (I don't think that would have made a difference) and stale marshmallows and they were really dry. I'll try again.

Meh:
Gingerbread dutch baby. I love the idea of this, and it was a hit with husband and two out of three kids. I thought it was bland and would really up the spices next time. Successfully tripled the recipe and subbed Bob's Red Mill GF flour (husband can't have gluten). Made in blender like I alwasy do with dutch babies.

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