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Gifts for a food-lover

25 Dec

I still haven’t done any cooking since I’ve been staying with my parents for the holidays. Although I had anticipated helping my mom out with the “vegetable” she was supposed to bring to my aunt’s house today, my dad ended up whipping up his famous “vegetable medley casserole” instead. It’s topped with swiss cheese and french fried onions, and is quite scrumptious.

My dad owns a restaurant, by the way. The restaurant has been in the family since 1932, soon after my great grandfather emigrated from Italy. I suppose you could describe the food as “diner style,” which is why I strongly believe that it should be on Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives. I desperately want to meet Guy Fieri, or any Food Network star, for that matter!

One summer, I cooked all the daily specials for the restaurant. My dad is quite the perfectionist, especially in the kitchen, so I can’t say it was a pleasant experience, but educational at least.

But anywho, I am excited to get back into the groove of cooking when I go home in a few days. Christmas was great; I received many cool gifts, and as pictured below, quite a few food-related gifts.

I’m really excited to try out “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3” by Todd Wilbur. I’d never heard of the cookbook before, but apparently it contains “copycat recipes” from chain restaurants. Here are some recipes that I’m dying to try from the book:

  • Avocado Egg Rolls w/ Tamarind Sauce (BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse)
  • Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory)
  • Stephanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory)
  • Breadsticks & dipping sauces (Olive Garden)
  • Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps (P.F. Chang’s)

The book also contains detailed diagrams, which seem  like they’ll be quite useful.


The Good Housekeeping “Vegetarian Meals” cookbook also looks promising. I love cookbooks with photos, and they seem very vibrant.

I will report back on recipes from these cookbooks soon. Anyone tried any recipes from these cookbooks, yet?