Simply Done, Well Done [NOOK Book]

Overview

The first cookbook from Food Network star Aaron McCargo
Simply Done, Well Done is the new cookbook from one of the television?s fastest-rising stars. Aaron McCargo won the fourth season of The Next Food Network Star in 2008 and is quickly becoming a household name. Now starring in his own Food Network show, Big Daddy?s House, McCargo shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun family cooking.
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Overview

The first cookbook from Food Network star Aaron McCargo
Simply Done, Well Done is the new cookbook from one of the television’s fastest-rising stars. Aaron McCargo won the fourth season of The Next Food Network Star in 2008 and is quickly becoming a household name. Now starring in his own Food Network show, Big Daddy’s House, McCargo shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun family cooking.
Simple, flavorful, and down to earth, these mouthwatering recipes are sure to satisfy every member of the family. Leaving out the fussy cooking techniques and hard-to-find ingredients, McCargo shows you how to create bold flavors and satisfying dishes like Spicy Beef Quesadillas, Jerk Chicken with Smoked Gouda Sandwiches, or Salisbury Steak Bundles. And if, somehow, friends and family have room left for dessert, they’ll love his Candybar Cookies and Tiramisu Cupcakes.
•    Includes 120 recipes covering soups, salads, appetizers, side dishes, main courses, sandwiches, sauces, and desserts
•    Features enticing full-color photographs throughout
When it’s time to cook for the family, Simply Done, Well Done will make sure that “delicious” is definitely on the menu.
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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: 9780544188129
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 436,237
  • File size: 8 MB

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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