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Cooking Off the Clock: Recipes from My Downtime [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Falkner
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Book Description

A wide-ranging collection of recipes for home cooks from celebrated chef, restaurant owner, and pastry pioneer Elizabeth Falkner.

Peek inside the off-hours culinary mind of one of America’s top chefs with Cooking Off the Clock, an irreverent, eclectic, and downright delicious assemblage of reinvented classics and soon-to-be favorites. Celebrity chef and pastry pioneer Elizabeth Falkner brings her cooking inspiration to a range of satisfying full meals and quick snacks, and along the way gives pointers on how to think like a chef, even if you haven’t spent the day on the line cooking for crowds. You’ll find recipe ideas for any occasion: for a quiet night in, the Winter Squash Soup with Apple Butter Toast; for your next impromptu cocktail party, the Ham and Biscuit Sliders with Hot Pepper Jam; for the ultimate late-night snack, Sausage and Fennel Pizza; and to finish it off, the desserts that Elizabeth is known for, like Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkshake. With Falkner’s imaginative approach to classic comfort food and stories about her process for creating new recipes, Cooking Off the Clock will transform the way you cook.

Editorial Reviews Review

Featured Recipe from Elizabeth Falkner: Grilled Peaches and Apricots with Yogurt, Honey, and Pistachios

Grilled Peaches and Apricots with Yogurt, Honey, and Pistachios

If you are grilling outdoors in the summer, leave the grill on for this quick dessert, which is inspred by Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine and very refreshing. This is just perfect when I really want something to end a meal but don’t want it too sweet. To cook on the stove, sear the peaches and apricots in a hot cast-iron skillet.

Serves 2 to 4

  • 2 peaches, halved and pitted
  • 2 apricots, halved and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 ounces plain whole-milk, low-fat, or nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped, for garnish

Preheat a grill to high or heat a cast-iron grill pan over high heat on the stove.

Toss the peach and apricot halves with the olive oil, being sure to coat all sides. Set the fruit halves, cut side down, on the hot grill or pan. Grill until grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and drizzle with the honey. Combine the yogurt and orange blossom water in a small bowl.

To serve, divide the yogurt mixture between bowls. Put the peach and apricot halves on top of the yogurt. Garnish with the chopped pistachios and serve.


“This sophisticated collection will please passionate, unhurried cooks.”
–Library Journal 6/15/12

“Elizabeth is one of the most creative chefs I know. She always has a great idea ready to go.”
–Nancy Oakes, chef and author of Boulevard: The Cookbook

Product Details

  • File Size: 24562 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A professional relaxes October 9, 2012
These are recipes that Chef Elizabeth Falkner makes when she is at home. She calls them reinvented classics.
The book contains recipes for; condiments and basics, salads, soups, snacks and cocktails, pizza, pasta, noodles, grains and rice, main course, side dishes and desserts. She lists things to stock the pantry with and equipment and tools. There are also pages of advice on how she cooks and methods she prefers to use.

Some of the recipes take a bit of preparation, but if you enjoy cooking - they are not really that high of a difficulty. Pictures are included of many of the dishes and there is an index.
Our family has enjoyed; matzo ball soup, my mom's noodles with chicken, carrots and peas, pork tenderloin schnitzel with plum gastrique, and baked marble or Yukon gold potatoes with brown butter-sour cream sauce.
This is a book for those who wish to try some classic recipes with a bit of a different twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait ! December 24, 2012
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I had this book on order for 9 months before it came - and it sure was worth the wait! The recipes I have tried so far turned out perfectly. The ingredients are easy to find at local markets, and Elizabeth's directions are simple to follow - reading them almost makes you feel like she is right there in the kitchen with you. Great comments from my friends and family also, as we are enjoying these amazing meals together. Pizza is next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 10, 2014
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Excellent cookbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Chef November 21, 2012
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Already used a couple of her recipes from her book the day I got it, and my friends that I cook for LOVE them. Plus I do have a big time food crush on chef Falkner so that helps a lot more for me.
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