Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Everyday Dish DVD Review

I have been enjoying the DVD "Everyday Dish" which features Julie Hasson, Dreena Burton and Bryanna Clark Grogan, along with some of their delicious recipes. The DVD format is great for me because my computer is within sight in the kitchen so I was able to watch and prepare along with the pros! I could see it being done, then watch it while using the printable recipes. I would do the prep work and set out the ingredients, then cue up the DVD, and mise en place I really had fun! I've watched some sections several times and I will eventually try everything in the DVD, but I'm at a point now to show some of the great results I got.

I made Julie's 'Nora's Cake' and 'Chocolate Espresso Frosting' for my mom's birthday. This cake is very easy to make and super-delicious. It's light and very chocolatey. I was so taken with Amey's cake design, that I made my own snowflake stencil to shake powdered sugar over. Mom said she'd only seen this done with doilies, which would be amazing. One tip -- don't use candles (or at least don't blow them out) as my Mom gave us all a surprise accidental dusting of sugar as we finished singing to her. I had to flaten out the frosting for the stencil design, but you should know this frosting is very light and fluffy.
Here's Julie's 'Deli Style Noodle Soup' which is a snap to prepare, and makes the house smell delicious... as if you've been slaving for hours. After prep, it only takes 25 minutes to assemble soup that may remind you of your childhood - warm & comforting. Watching the DVD imparts tons of information you can't glean from a flat cookbook, like: product identification, professional techniques & tips, substitutions, variations, visual step-by-step, quick recipes, and even fun cooking terms. Plus, you get to watch seasoned vegan chefs sharing their trade right in your home.

Dreena's 'Sundried Tomato Humus' is a welcome twist on an old favorite. We enjoyed having this on hand this week for quick snacking, and thought the flavor only improved the next day. Make it the night before your next gathering for some easy & impressive entertaining. Pairs well with a bottle of red wine!





Dreena's 'Chocolate Mint Melties' "Scratch every other cookie off the list. This is the one." were Art's words after eating this cookie. My mouth was too busy chewing, so I just nodded my head in agreement and giggled at Liv's chocolate-smeared face, as we gobbled them all up. I had to reassure Art that I had another endangered species Dark Chocolate with Deep Forest bar. We can & will make more.



Bryanna's 'Vegan Chicken Cutlets' prepared one way she suggests. She shares how she breads the cutlets (w/o egg, of course!) to make them veinerschnitzel style, which is what I did here. I may not have tackled this recipe without the video demonstration, which really clarifies so much. I figured out how to make the patties more uniform, as well as sped up this process considerably -- I formed the patties by placing the cutlet between parchment paper and pressing, unfold the paper and a perfect cutlet is formed and easily removed from the parchment paper. This recipe will replace most of the boxed faux meats that we currently purchase. They're easy to make, quick to prepare, totally delicious, and extremely versatile as you'll see in the next photo...
Here are Bryanna's 'Vegan Chicken Cutlets' made Art's style, which has been dinner the past two nights. (we have gone through 16 cutlets this week!) He slices the cutlets, then grills them in a pan with some light oil, and repeatedly adds bar-b-que sauce and serves on a bun with fresh greens and tomato slices. This sandwich totally rocks. I see no reason to fiddle around with other seitan recipes. The search is over. I'm set. But I guess I shouldn't be too surprised because I've heard Bryanna is the faux meat queen. These cutlets are really that good.

Bryanna's 'Lemon-Lime Bars' are a perfect summertime treat. They're light and similar to cheesecake, with a superb tangy tropical flavor. Make them the night before company arrives. Toast some shaved coconut, top with lime zest, and perhaps a mint sprig. Or, you can sneak bites straight out of the pan at midnight like we've done the past few nights.

If you've ever dreamed of watching a vegan cooking show, then this DVD was made for you; there are more clips to see on the Everyday Dish link.

30 comments:

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a great review! I've tried a few of the recipes from the DVD as well, including those chocolate mint melties....oh so good. I will have to try the vegan chicken cutlets. Thanks for the post and great pics!

Taylor said...

All of that food looks amazing! I think I need dinner now.

aTxVegn said...

Thanks for a great review, Vicki! I'm off to place my order.

julie hasson said...

Vicki, your food looks amazing! I'm so glad that you're enjoying the DVD.

What a great idea of Art's with the BBQ sandwich. I'm going to have to give that a try -it's something that my husband would love.

Julie

laura jesser said...

Wow, this is great! I love seeing your take on all the recipes, and hearing that you enjoyed the DVD. It all looks scrumptious!

Rachel said...

looks great!

Vivacious Vegan said...

What a sensational review. Everything sounds and looks so delicious. Are they paying you? Just kidding. I know they're all very talented ladies and I'm just jealous because I don't have the DVD yet.

Dori said...

Yeah you got the dvd. I love Bryanna's cutlets. I am glad you tried them. I have also found that they are very easy. The cake decoration is beautiful, I agree that a doily would have been breath taking.

theONLYtania said...

Hey Vicki, great cake! Haha good story about blowing out the candles. And EVERYTHING here looks amazing, I'm definitely looking into that DVD - it looks so worth it. I really want to know how to make the cutlets.
You're making good stuff here! :-)

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Wow, I haven't visited in so long and you still have such good food posted! I'm excited about the cutlets - they look fantastic.

-Crystal

urban vegan said...

this post was absolutely delicious. what a great DVD!

Liliy said...

I've heard about the cooking DVD, but I don't have it. Your frosting looks gorgeous, what a nice design!

Jackie said...
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Jackie said...

Whoops muddled my comments up. The one above was meant to go on the EverydayDish blog :)

Thanks for all the great photos, comments and great links. I have found a few things I can't wait to eat.

maybepigscanfly said...

Thanks for the fun review. Everything looks great. I think that I would start with Dreena's sun-dried tomato hummus.

-Teresa

springsandwells said...

wow vicki!
that's a *very* compelling post! I want to buy the DVD just so that i can get my grubby little paws on those recipes. Our TV is way far away from our kitchen... so I wouldn't be able to watch & cook like do can - that sounds fun!
I'm looking forward to July!
:)
amey

Gaia said...

Yesterday, we had to put a thousand bucks on our car and so I have decided that I will not be spending money on things I don't absolutely need. And so I'm happy you have told me that I absolutely need this DVD !
(I can read between the lines LOL)

Everything looks wonderful and it's an understatement.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Oh my, what an amazing post! <3 those everyday dish ladies.

Douglas said...

The only thing about all of this(it looks great) is shouldnt we be going towards a more plant based diet? I like fame meats sometimes but am trying to go more raw and find these things to be so, I dont know, FAKE????

looks good though....

turquoise cro said...

My mouth is watering Vicki!!! O! those lemon-lime bars, I want one NOW!!! mmmMMMMMM and that birthday cake is sooooooooOOOOOOO SWEET!!! xoCinda

Melody Polakow said...

Everything looks awesome!!

Kate said...

I have to check out everyday dish. The 'Chocolate Mint Melties' look awesome!

KleoPatra said...

Thank you for the DVD review and for sharing the photos of your great edibles. Wow, do i wish i was the one making the trip to Idaho this weekend!! :o) Well done...

The container you have the hummus in is sooooooooo pretty! What a gorgeous set up for one of my fave things, sundried tomato hummus! The cake is stunning with the snowflake stencil. Gorgeous! Happy b'day to your mom (belated)... Anything Bryanna makes i pretty much love, from what i've seen on her blog, which i enjoy perusing. Love your touch of the flowers atop the cutlets. So pretty!! And the plate it's on is so cute cute cute! Art's style is fantastic. "The search is over" indeed... And Vicki, the noodle soup puts Campbell's to (further) shame!

And yer so funny... sneaking bites from the pan at midnight. Yer so my kinda gal, Vicki!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Wow! I am off to buy that DVD. Your review is awesome. My daughter will love the cutlets! Great job and awesome photo's!

Cherie said...

Since you left the lemon-lime bars for last, that's what I'm focusing on. Those look SO GOOD!!!! I like how you decorated them.

Brooke said...

All that food looks super fantabulous! I want those cookies, that beautiful cake, those cutlets and the lemon-lime bars....oh and everything else too! Yay!

Carrie™ said...

Oh my goodness! Everything looks and sounds so delicious! I would love a bowl of that soup. Your mom's bday cake is very pretty. Jim & I also adore those mint melties. And cutlets! The mouth-watering goodness!

The Veggie Vixen said...

I wasn't planning on purchasing the DVD but thanks to your review regarding the cutlets I now must buy it!

Tanya Kristine said...

jesum crow. i'm going to order bryannas stuff now. thank you!

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