Simply Done, Well Done

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In 2008, Aaron McCargo, Jr., was the winner of The Next Food Network Star (the same show that best-selling cookbook author Guy Fieri won before he got his own series). As the prize for winning, McCargo's own show, Big Daddy's House, launched in August 2008. It was immediately ranked the #1 show in the Food Network's Sunday "weekend block" (even ranked up against Guy Fieri's show). Big Daddy's House is now filming its fifth season. As is clear by his success, McCargo's fan base is growing rapidly, and this will be...

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Overview

In 2008, Aaron McCargo, Jr., was the winner of The Next Food Network Star (the same show that best-selling cookbook author Guy Fieri won before he got his own series). As the prize for winning, McCargo's own show, Big Daddy's House, launched in August 2008. It was immediately ranked the #1 show in the Food Network's Sunday "weekend block" (even ranked up against Guy Fieri's show). Big Daddy's House is now filming its fifth season. As is clear by his success, McCargo's fan base is growing rapidly, and this will be his first-ever cookbook. The 120 recipes totally reflect his personal, boldly-flavored cooking style — Spicy Beef Quesadillas, Jerk Chicken with Smoked Gouda Sandwich, Pepperoni-Cheese Burger Turnover, Salisbury Steak Bundles. This is food that makes your mouth water just from reading the recipe titles. There are chapters for soups, salads, appetizers, side dishes, and mains, all offering exciting, comfort food dishes that even beginner cooks can prepare. There are no fussy cooking techniques and esoteric ingredients here. This book is about getting creative and having fun in the kitchen. And if home cooks have any room left for dessert, they're sure to love McCargo's Candybar Cookies or the Tiramisu Cupcakes. This full color book will include finished dish shots and plenty of photos of the charming author at work in the kitchen.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As unwieldy as its title, Food Network host McCargo's cookbook debut lurches wildly, offering rote recitals, some genuine hits, and head-spinning combos that are more likely to raise questions than satisfy cravings. Must-try dishes like Pork Empanadas with Ranchero Sauce and Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Smoked Gouda make a strong case for the book. But when McCargo misses, he swings just as hard: Spicy Steamed Mussels with Tomato and Basil calls for an entire can of condensed tomato soup, and Barbecue Chicken Penne Melt adds a full quart of barbecue sauce to shredded chicken, cheese, and pasta, resulting in recipes that are more dare than dish. He's eager to offer reliable recipes for marinades, seasoning blends, and marinara sauce, but puzzlingly just as happy tossing tablespoons of salty bouillon into almost every soup, cracking open a can of cherry pie filling for Spicy Chocolate Truffles, or busting out the boxed cake mix and an entire container of Cool Whip for Tiramisu Cupcakes. With a little more time and focus, McCargo could have created a unique and usable guide. Instead, his collection feels rushed and cobbled together, likely leaving many readers with plenty of room for more. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470615331
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 394,226
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron McCargo, Jr., was the winner of season four of The Next Food Network Star and currently stars in Big Daddy's House on Food Network. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & THANK YOUS.

INTRODUCTION.

APPETIZERS WITH GUSTO.

SMOOTH & HEARTY SOUPS.

SIDE SALADS & BIGGER SALADS.

SANDWICHES THAT BURST WITH FLAVOR.

MY MAIN COURSES.

MY FAVORITE SIDE DISHES.

DRESSINGS, MAYONNAISES,

SPICE BLENDS, SAUCES, & CONDIMENTS.

INDULGENT DESSERTS & SWEET TREATS.

INDEX.

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Recipe

Tiramisu Cupcakes

When you stir mascarpone into the batter, what might be an ordinary cupcake instantly evolves into a decadent one. Rich, triple-cream mascarpone cheese is a luxury well worth indulging in every now and then. It's the telling ingredient in tiramisu, one of my favorite desserts, and so I decided to use it in a cupcake for portable tiramisu. Carry a batch of these along and you'll be welcome anywhere you go!

Makes 24 cupcakes

Cupcake Filling:
1 cup mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons coffee liqueur, such as Tia Maria or Kahlúa
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
One 8-ounce container Cool Whip

Cupcakes:
One 18.25-ounce box white cake mix
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup hot brewed coffee
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting:
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
White chocolate liqueur, such as Godiva
2 cups confectioners' sugar
Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish

To make the cupcake filling: In a large bowl and using a handheld mixer set on medium speed, beat together the mascarpone, coffee liqueur, and condensed milk until smooth and blended. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the Cool Whip. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 6 hours.

To Make the Cupcakes: Meanwhile, bake cupcakes according to the cake mix package directions. Let cool on a wire cooling rack. In a medium bowl, stir the confectioners' sugar into the hot coffee until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the vanilla.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl and using a handheld mixer set on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and butter for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and chocolate liqueur. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the confectioners' sugar to the frosting until it reaches a spreadable consistency.

To fill and frost the cupcakes: Using a fork, pierce the cupcakes several times and brush each one liberally with the sweetened coffee. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip and inject small amounts directly into the center of each cupcake. The best way to do this is to insert the pastry bag tip into the top of the cupcakes. Using a spatula, frost the cupcakes liberally with the frosting and garnish with chocolate shavings.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    This cookbook is recommended

    I like a lot of the recipes in this book. They are not to hard to do and they are different from some other cook books that I have.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    Love the Chef, not feeling the love with the cookbook!

    Truthfully, I was so waiting for this book to come out, because Aaron is a fantastic cook, but the book doesn't hold any interest for me, especially the recipes. There are probably one or two I might try, but the book overall is very disappointing.

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