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About Rick Rodgers
Rick Rodgers is one of the most versatile professionals in the food business. Through his work as a cooking teacher, food writer, cookbook author, freelance cookbook editor, and radio and television guest chef, his infectious love of good food reaches countless cooks every day.
Rick has been guest chef on the national television shows Today, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, Cooking Live with Sara Moulton, Food Network Challenge, and many others, including media appearances in every major local market.
Rick's combination of down-to-earth humor and solid information brought him the prestigious Bon Appetit Food and Entertaining Award for Outstanding Cooking Teacher. In addition to his publishing work, Rick teaches sold-out cooking classes from coast-to-coast, as well as the occasional international stint (including Korea and France) and he is a speaker at many festivals and seminars.
Rick lives in the New York City area. His website is www.rickrodgers.com.
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Inside these pages, celebrated cookbook author Rick Rodgers shares his cherished recipes for the very best of American-style comfort foods. This collection of over 100 tempting dishes—for lunch, starters, sides, dinner, and desserts—comes to life with personal tales and stunning photography, providing delicious inspiration for everyday cooking.
Recipes feature nurturing dishes guaranteed to improve your mood, including Cheesesteaks, Egg Salad Sandwiches, BLTAs, Chicken Noodle Soup, Creamy Grits, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Beans, Buttermilk Biscuits, Fish & Chips, Mom’s Home-Style Pot Roast, Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Texas Beef Chili, Smothered Pork Chops, Strawberry Shortcakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie, and more.
“Celebrates the sweet excesses of the Austro-Hungarian Empire . . . Sachertorte, Apfelstrudel and Croissants are among the creations Rodgers demystifies.” —Publishers Weekly
Take a tour of the legendary cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague where a rich tradition of masterful desserts and coffee lives on. For centuries, artists and philosophers have gathered around coffeehouse tables to complement their lively conversations with exquisite desserts. Modern cafés of this region remain loyal to this pastry tradition; though the décor has changed, it is still strudel—not lemongrass sorbet—that is served on the menu.
In Kaffeehaus, Rick Rodgers celebrates 300 years of tradition with over 150 of the best classic Austro-Hungarian pastries. Using his celebrated skill as a teacher to present the recipes to bakers of all levels, Rodgers expertly shows how to create these glorious treats at home. Included are the explanations of the different kinds of batter, dough, and icing that form the foundation of this baking tradition, in addition to the many beverages—coffee or otherwise—that pair perfectly with the desserts.
This revised second edition features new charts for ingredient weights and measures in addition to updated content and resource lists. One of the few books on authentic Austro-Hungarian baking written in English with recipes for American kitchens and their ingredients. Kaffeehaus beautifully captures the taste and elegance of these cafés, commemorating their culture, history, and the delectable legacy of their desserts.“Because the featured desserts (e.g., Apfelstrudel and Sachertorte) are steeped in tradition, this is as much a fascinating culinary history as it is a recipe collection.” —Library Journal
Make dinner the Carrabba’s way tonight, with these tasty, Italian family recipes.
For twenty-five years, Carrabba’s Italian Grill has offered its amici (Italian for “friends”) an extraordinary dining experience. Serving hand-prepared, contemporary renditions of traditional family recipes, Carrabba’s makes everyone who walks through the door feel right at home. Each meal is served in the time-honored tradition of warm Italian hospitality and authentically prepared food made from the heart.
Now, you can re-create the Carrabba’s experience in your own kitchen with delicious recipes inspired by generations of family cooking. In the true spirit of generosity, Recipes from Around Our Family Table shares not just these mouthwatering signature recipes, but also the cooking secrets that make them so good.
Features 75 authentic Italian recipes and Carrabba’s favorites, including:
· Chicken Bryan
· Mama Mandola’s Sicilian Chicken Soup
· Pizza Margherita
· Cozze in Bianco
· Pollo Rosa Maria
· Garlic Mashed Potatoes
· Pasta Weesie
· Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
· Prosciutto-wrapped Pork Tenderloin
· Sogno di Cioccolata
· Limoncello Bread Pudding
Also offers tips on successful grilling, preparing perfect pasta, finding the best ingredients, mastering homemade pizza, and more!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
Buttermilk Dinner Rolls
Daiquiri Lime and Gelatin Mold
Classic cocktails such as Blue Hawaiians, Brandy Alexanders, and Manhattans
And many more!
Each recipe is adapted for the modern palate, with less fat and healthier ingredients than in the originals (no more bacon fat as a kitchen staple!). Full-color photographs showcase the food, proving that retro cuisine can be sophisticated and delicious. The Sensational Sixties Cookbook will also provide tips on hosting the ultimate sixties soiree, complete with menus, music playlists, and table decorations. So grab a swizzle stick, put Bobby Darin on the turntable, and get cooking -- sixties style!
With over fifty recipes ranging from comfortingly traditional to cutting-edge modern, Rick Rodgers expands the role of the beloved meatball inside I Love Meatballs! Dishes inspired by a variety of ethnicities including Italian, Thai, Chinese, Greek, Vietnamese, Swedish, Moroccan, and Indian are made from a full range of meats including beef and veal, pork, lamb, poultry, and even seafood.
Divided into six hunger-inducing categories, I Love Meatballs! shows meatballs as appetizers and dinner entrees, inside soups and breads, and (of course) with pasta, as well as meatballs sizzling off the grill. Recipes range from Greek Keftedes with Tzatziki to Beef Meatballs in Pho, Morroccan Meatballs, Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs, and Grilled Cheeseball Sliders. In addition to sumptuous meatball recipes, readers will find helpful tips and tricks, along with thirty luscious photographs of the meatball doing much more than just sharing the spotlight with spaghetti.
Praise for I Love Meatballs!
“Each recipe is carefully written and easy to follow. . . . Rick’s Lamb Meatballs in Green Curry Sauce is so tasty, I want to make it over and over.” —Bruce Aidells, co-author of The Complete Meat Cookbook
“[Rick Rodgers] has produced the last word on meatballs: which tools to use; how to grind your own meat, if you’d like; how to prepare them ahead of time; and even how to cheat using store-bought meatballs. There is so much mouthwatering variety here that I’m going to have a hard time choosing which recipes to make first.” —Sara Moulton, author of Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101
Enjoy the perfect cup of coffee, complimented by delectable café treats. Coffee and Cake by Rick Rodgers—award-winning cooking teacher and author of more than 25 acclaimed cookbooks, including the Seasonal Gatherings and 101 series—has created a the perfect gift book for java lovers, combining the history and culture of coffee with essential information on how to best brew it in various machines, and delicious recipes for cakes to serve alongside.
The final book in the Seasonal Gatherings series, Spring Gatherings from award-winning cooking teacher and cookbook author Rick Rodgers shares the traditional dishes of the spring holidays with some new twists for your party table. Like its three companion volumes, Spring Gatherings offers simple and simply delicious fare that showcases the season’s produce, focusing on local and sustainable foods. Profusely illustrated with beautiful color photographs, Spring Gatherings evokes the season with wonderful dishes particular to this time of growth and renewal.
Side dishes make the meal. Think about it: What’s a burger without fries, turkey without stuffing, or barbecue without coleslaw, baked beans, or macaroni and cheese—or all three? The Big Book of Sides contains more than 450 delicious recipes to complement any dish. Award-winning cooking teacher and author Rick Rodgers has carefully compiled a variety of wonderful options, from traditional to inspired, Americana to ethnic, Southern fare to California cuisine. Sections include “Eat Your Vegetables,” “From the Root Cellar,” “A Hill of Beans,” “Righteous Rice and Great Grains,” and “Pasta and Friends.”
The Big Book of Sides shares
• more than 100 information-packed entries on vegetables alone, from artichokes to zucchini, including root vegetables and grains
• tutorials on the cooking techniques you need to know, such as grilling and deep-frying
• at-a-glance charts for a variety of perfectly roasted vegetables and freshly cooked beans
• carefree menu planning, with a complete list of special-occasion meals and suggested side dishes
Home cooks of all levels will delight in preparing Roasted Summer Squash with Pepitas and Cilantro; Chard Puttanesca; Parsnip, Apple, and Bacon Hash; Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes; Quinoa with Carrot and Mint; Farro, Cherry, and Feta Salad; and Butternut Squash and Potato Gratin. Rodgers also shares recipes for relishes, chutneys, pickles, baked goods (from biscuits to foccacia), and even sauces.
With helpful tips on how to stock your pantry, easy-to-follow cooking techniques, gorgeous color photos, and main dish pairing suggestions, The Big Book of Sides is sure to become a trusted staple in your kitchen.
Next time you party, try a dip. Or two. Or three. Rick Rodgers, renowned cooking teacher and cookbook author shares 95 of his favorite dip recipes in his new book, Dip It!
Of course there's the classic onion soup mix, but why not make Rick's updated recipe with onions? For a Super Bowl or tailgating party, you'll score big with bowls of tortilla chips served up with meaty Hot Beef and Pinto Bean Chili Dip.
There are plenty of vegetarian spreads, too. Scoop wedges of pita into Moroccan Eggplant and Tomato Dip. The Faux Cheese Fondue will be a hit with cheese lovers. Rick also offers plenty of lighter dips such as the Two-Alarm Salsa or Three-Bean Salsa. Need an elegant dip for a special occasion? Try the Pesto Mascarpone or the silky smooth Double Salmon Dip. And many of these dips do double duty—use them to bring a little something extra to your sandwiches.
And what's homemade dip without crunchy, crispy dippers? There are recipes for homemade versions of Potato Chips, Herbed Breadsticks, Tortilla Chips, and much more. Also included is a complete list of vegetable dippers that will add snap and color to your table. Rick also offers lots of helpful entertaining tips from do-ahead recipes to creative dip holders.
So have a party. Take a dip with Dip It!
Featuring menu ideas, timetables, hints and shortcuts, Christmas 101 is your go-to guide to make holiday planning simple, fun and festive. Now revised, updated, and featuring all new recipes including Christmas holiday classics!
Rick Rodgers once again takes cooks by the hand to help them entertain (and still be entertaining) during the hectic season. Christmas 101 features 100 of his never-fail recipes, from holiday classics such as egg nog, glazed ham, and gingerbread cookies to contemporary ideas such as Shrimp Bisque with Confetti Vegetables, Chicken Cassoulet, and Shortcakes with Pears in Brandied Cream Sauce. And since the holiday season keeps going long after the last Christmas present is opened, there are plenty of New Year’s ideas, from an intimate dinner for four to an open house buffet for the entire neighborhood.