Often times, the side dish makes the meal. This is one of our favorites and…
Several weeks back I won a cookbook in a giveaway hosted by Cajun Chef Ryan. I was excited to receive the book as it was a brand new one from Emeril Lagasse called Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders that hit the bookstores on September 27, 2011. Chef Ryan was one of 20 bloggers chosen to participate in the One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party to celebrate the release of this cookbook.
This is my first Emeril cookbook and I am really impressed with it. I love one pot meals and this cookbook has over 130 recipes from all over the world. Interestingly, the recipes are grouped by cooking vessels which range from skillets and casseroles to slow cookers. There is even a section on woks with Asian flavors. Many has bold and hearty flavors, perfect for this time of the year.
Before we move on to the recipe, I would like to tell you a little about my first Foodbuzz friend, Chef Ryan. He has over 35 years of cooking experience with 21 in the restaurant industry and is currently developing a line of artisan spice mixes, sauces, and dressings for future marketing and mass production. He also has 9 years of experience in information technology and is a regular contributor to TechRepublic. Be sure to visit his blog, Cajun Chef Ryan, for amazing recipes and cooking tips!
One of the first recipes in the cookbook that caught my eye was Roasted Pork Chops with Jeweled Rice Pilaf. I did not make the pork chops and cooked the pilaf on the stove instead of in the oven. I used up the little homemade ghee I had left and changed some of the spices and ingredients with what I had on hand. This fragrant and tasty rice makes a lovely side dish. It can definitely stand on its own if you are not big on meat. For a simpler version, do check out my Saffron Pistachio Pilaf.
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Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎