Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Cook Book for Men

I say this because Rocco Dispirito's book is laid out in workmanlike fashion. Every recipe also lists the ingredients needed by where to find them -- the deli, fresh foods and vegetables and staples that you already have. A drawing of thepan(s) needed to cook the dish is below that. If that isn't man-designed, I don't know what is. Photos show the right way to dice vegetables, peel an avocado, etc.

He has quite a few recipes and he divided them into "eat healthy," "holiday," and throws in a wine guide for free.

I opened the book at random and this recipe appeared:

Grocery List:

Fresh - 1 1/2 lbs. chicken, 1 head of brocccoli

Packaged: Two 8.8 oz. packages Uncle Ben's Long Grain White Ready Rice
12 oz. can of Coco Lopez
4 oz. container of pickled ginger

Staples - toasted sesame oil, cayenne pepper, soy sauce

Tool: large, cast-iron skillet

Heat the rice in the pouch according to package directions.
Heat 2 T of sesame oil in the skillet. Season the chicken and cook it until it's done. Take chicken out of pan and set aside.
Add 1 T sesame oil to the skillet and add the broccoli. Stir fry it.
Add the Coco Lopez and cayenne to the pan and simmer. Stir until this sauce thickens and the broccoli is tender.
Add 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup pickled ginger and stir. Serve the chicken and sauce over a bed of rice.

"Rocco Gets Real" by Rocco Dispirito Meredith Books 227 pages plus index $19.95

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