Tuesday, May 21, 2013

rsvp.com / 500 Dishes Cookbooks Review

Maryam Z | 2:26 PM | | |

About RSVP.com:
RSVP.com is dedicated in offering products and services that enhance the experience of life. The site was launched in 1994 when they recognized the enormous potential of the internet to become both a distribution channel for creative content and a conduit for communications. They offer both virtual and non-virtual products and services that are designed to help people enjoy their lives, plan their lives, communicate and congregate.


My Review:
I am a lover of books! If I had to choose what books I prefer the most, I would have to say it would be a good cookbook. I received 3 cookbooks from RSVP.com to review:


These books come in handy for the perfect meal. Each book has different recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts. I made the Moroccan Chick recipe found in the 500 Mediterranean dishes book and let me just say how scrumptious it was! Here's the recipe and how it was made:


Moroccan Chicken
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 ts. ground powdered turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 (3-4 lbs.) chicken, cut into 8 pieces (or 3-4 lbs. of chicken thighs and legs)
2 tbsp. olive oil
sea salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
Peel from 1 preserved lemon, rinsed in cold water, pulp discarded, peel cut into thin strips
1 cup green olives, pitted
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Looks like a lot, doesn't it? Honestly, this is little because majority of the ingredients are spices. For the chicken, re recipe says that it needed to be cut up or you could get chicken thighs or legs. I chose boneless chicken instead because it's easier to cook and with the kids being small, don't want someone to accidentally chock on a bone....

Once you have all the ingredients out, combine all the spices and pepper in a large bowl. 


Looks like a lot of spice, but it's the right amount. Once the spices are mixed, add the chicken and coat them with the spices.


This is how the chicken should look once it has been coated with all the spices. After you are done coating the chicken, cover the bowl with some clear wrap and place it in the fridge for about 1 hour. In the mean time while the chicken is absorbing the deliciousness, it's time to get everything else prepared. 


An hour has passed and now it is time to start the fun! In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat up the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces along with a sprinkle of sea salt. You don't want to add to much salt because the other ingredients such as the olives and lemons are salty enough. Let the chicken sit in the skillet for about 5 minutes and let it brown. 


Once the chicken has browned on one side, add the onions and garlic. Do not flip the chicken over just yet! Lower the heat to medium-low and then cover. Let the chicken sit for 15 minutes.


15 minutes have passed and now it's time for the next step. Remove the cover from the skillet and turn the chicken over. From there add in the lemon slices, olives, raisins and 1/2 cup water. Bring the food to a simmer on medium heat. Once it begins to simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low, cover and cook the food for 30 minutes. 


Just one more thing to add before you can eat. Before serving, mix in the parsley and cilantro and you are done!


Oh my! Look at the delicious dish! I served the Moroccan Chicken over a bed of rice and it was amazing. Oh was it so good! It's flavorful and mouth watering. You get a splash of flavor just bouncing around in your mouth. It's sweet, sour, bitter, earthy and just so darn delicious. This is the perfect dish for any occasion and you and your family will love it!

Looking for cookbooks, greeting cards, calenders and much more? Check out RSVP.com for their wide selection in paperback and digital books. 

Disclaimer: Products were received for free and reviewed by me. I am honest about what I say and I will not say I like something when I do not. I mention products and/or services that I like for my readers. I am giving my opinion based on what I reviewed. 



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