Posts Tagged ‘ad hoc’

Ad Hoc at Home: Summer Vegetable Gratin

If you’re looking for a cosy baked vegetable dish, look no further than Ad Hoc’s Summer vegetable gratin. Seeing as Summer officially ended yesterday I had to hurry up and make this before it was too late. I was able to find all the vegetables, except the yellow squash. I guess yellow squash season is officially over.

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Ad Hoc at Home: Brownies

I love brownies. They’re soft, chocolately, dense and delicious. I haven’t had a lot of success with baking brownies because, I confess, I compare every brownie I’ve bake to those Two Bite Brownies that they sell at Costco. Am I the only one who finds them insanely delicious? I won’t go as far as to buy them myself (I do have some pride, after all), but I do get unreasonably excited when I go over to my mom’s house and I see that over-sized clear container filled with those tiny, cupcake-shaped, fudgey bites.

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I’ve really been struggling with the blog lately. I feel like it’s been uninspired and well, let’s face it, flat. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, taking photos and even writing, but somehow without an end goal I feel just a little bit funny. I guess I’m just one of those people who needs to work towards something.

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Ad Hoc Chicken Soup with Dumplings Recipe

I’m not a big fan of the dumplings in chicken and dumplings, there’s something about filling-less dumplings that doesn’t sit quite right with me. Then again, it could just be that I haven’t had proper chicken and dumplings. When I have had them, the dumplings are dough-y, thick and strangely flavourless. Generally, they taste like un-cooked balls of dough.

I was hoping that Keller’s recipe for Chicken Soup with Dumplings would change all my biases against filling-less dumplings. All of the Ad Hoc recipes I’ve tried so far have been winners, so it was a good bet that this recipe would be a winner as well. The photo of the soup in the book is gorgeous: succulent chicken, creamy soup and dumplings that look like they’re made out of mashed potatoes.

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Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Keller admits nostalgia for Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup beef stroganoff in the introduction to his much more involved, fancified version of the dish. I’ve never had cream of mushroom soup beef stroganoff, but I admit, I love Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup; it’s  instant nostalgia. My mom used to put it on everything: rice, cauliflower, as a quick pasta sauce. When I taste that coagulated, creamy, slightly sweet soup with the tiny mushroom bits in it, it instantly brings me back to a point in my life where everything was all right with the world.

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