Monday, December 28, 2009

Adventures in Cooking

'Jamie's America'
By Jamie Oliver

Most people know Jamie Oliver from his popular cooking shows like 'The Naked Chef' where he makes cooking easy. When I received his latest cookbook for my birthday from my step-grandparents I was thrilled! First of all, I love cooking but there is always more to learn and secondly this is seriously one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen.

'Jamie's America' is divided into regions of sort: New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia, and Wild West. Every recipe comes with an
introduction as to where the recipe
originated from or why he mixed it up the way he did. And every recipe comes with a photo. Again for the photos alone, I would covet this cookbook.

For Christmas dinner my boyfriend and I wanted to make something special so I decided to take a look at 'Jamie's America' for inspiration and hit upon the 'Surf 'n'
Turf' recipe. He loves to bbq so I knew this would be up his alley but lobster we have never done before so it would be an adventure for us. The recipe was pretty simple and we cut out the potato salad portion in exchange for a baked potato. The only problem was, since the fishmonger shop (which we didn't know we had 3 blocks away but which is freaking awesome) is closed on Christmas day so we had to buy the lobsters in advance. Jamie recommends having the fishmonger kill and gut the lobster implying that you will then go home and grill them. Well we weren't eating them until the next day. So we had two new pets! If you are a vegetarian you may want to stop reading. Basically, they don't move when they are in the fridge because they are cold blooded but once we pulled them out
they woke right back up. Boiling would be fine but it would defeat the purpose of grilling them. Also everywhere we looked it said that the more humane way to kill them is to cut them in half, not to boil them, as it's quicker. Plus, you want to get the guts stuff out for disease where if you boil them it won't really. That's where the fun began. I'll spare you the details but suffice it to say that once grilled they were the most delicious ever!

This book contains recipes for alligator too! Seriously, I highly recommend it!
(This book was a gift)


  1. GOod for you! I'm surprised my hub hasn't yet tried to grill a lobster. I'll have to show him this post.

  2. Are there dreamy pictures of Jamie in the book? I just think he's adorable.

  3. I love how it looks like he is grilling outdoors, lol. Nice back drop.


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