Monday, June 2, 2008

Cookbook Library: A Taste of Oregon

Junior League cookbooks are a big favorite of mine, and A Taste of Oregon, the Eugene, Oregon book is one of the best. So many of the recipes, such as the delish "Breakfast Stratta" casserrole, are standbys -- especially for entertaining. Because this is usually a great source, I was extra disappointed that the "Pork Chops Florentine" recipe was such a flop. This sounded like are real winner: slow cooked pork chops on a bed of spinach, smothered in a cheesy sauce. But smothered does not come close to describing the incredible amount of goo involved. There was something way off in the ratio of sauce to food. And, of course, the sauce got so mixed into the spinach that there was no way to separate everything once it was cooked. It was an unappetizing mess. Yuck! Oh well, they can’t all be winners.

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