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Pad Thai Recipe and Red Boat Fish Sauce

When writing about Emeril’s Wok Seared Duck Salad, I mentioned his recommendation for fish sauce with the ingredient list.  Shortly after posting, Red Boat Fish Sauce asked if I would try their sauce to compare.  I only recommend products I like and use, so it has taken me a couple of weeks to put it to the test.

Starting with Shrimp Lo Mein, I was pleased with the clean, bright flavor that melded perfectly into the sauce without being too salty or fishy.  The second recipe we tried it in was Pad Thai with Beef (below) and again, it brought a balanced dimension of savory flavor.  I was equally pleased to discover this new sauce has so few ingredients, just anchovies and sea salt.

Additives like hydrolyzed vegetable protein is commonly used in commercial fish sauces as a short cut to enhance flavor.  According to Celiac Solution, “HVP (hydrogenated vegetable protein), HPP (hydrolyzed plant protein), TVP (textured vegetable protein), MSG (monosodium glutamate) could contain wheat if made outside of the U.S.A.” This is a concern for anyone trying to avoid gluten and still enjoy Asian foods.

We cannot always be sure about the ingredients used in restaurants, but at home, I use pure, whole ingredients, as close to the natural source whenever possible.  I look for products like Red Boat to add to my pantry because quality ingredients make a difference in taste and eliminating unnecessary additives from our food is important to us.

To find out where to buy Red Boat Fish Sauce near you, just click on the link or order online directly from Red Boat.

Other recipes to try:
Thai Peanut Sauce
Beef Lo Mein
Thai-Style Pineapple Wraps

Pad Thai with Beef

Pad Thai with Beef

Adapted from Emeril’s Pad Thai
Serves 4
8       ounces  dried rice noodles
1/4    cup Red Boat Fish Sauce
2       tablespoons  rice wine vinegar
2-3       tablespoons  sugar or coconut palm sugar, adjust to taste
1       tablespoon  tamarind paste
1/2     teaspoon  crushed red pepper
3       tablespoons  coconut oil
7       cloves  garlic — minced
1       lb  beef, pork, or chicken (or a combination) — sliced in 1/4″ strips; or shrimp halved lengthwise
2       large  eggs
8       ounces  bean sprouts (about 2 cups) — rinsed and dry
2       cups  green onions (2-3 bunches) — white and green parts, chopped
1/3     cup  roasted, unsalted peanuts — coarsely chopped
1/3     cup  fresh cilantro leaves — minced
1        tablespoon  lime juice
1        whole  lime (optional) — cut into wedges for garnish

In a large bowl, combine the noodles with enough warm water to cover.  Soak until just tender, about 30 minutes, then drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, vinegar, tamarind paste, crushed red pepper, and sugar; stir until the tamarind paste and sugar dissolves and is well blended. Set aside.

In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or just fragrant.  Add the meat and cook until the just cooked through, about 2 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.

Add the eggs to the skillet and cook, stirring to break up into small pieces, about a minute.  Add the onions and allow to cook for 30 seconds to soften slightly. Add the sprouts, onions, fish sauce mixture, and noodles, and cook until mixed well and warmed through, stirring frequently.

Add the reserved meat and peanuts, and cook for 30 seconds to incorporate into the noodles.  Toss with the cilantro, lime juice, and serve immediately with lime wedges and Sriracha sauce on the side.

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And the Winner of Emeril’s Zak! Table Art Serving Bowls is…

Greg, of Sherwood, Arkansas is the lucky winner of Emeril’s Zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving BowlsGreg can look forward to receiving this versatile serving set just in time for holiday entertaining.

Thank you, everyone, who participated in the giveaway!  Special thanks to Zak! Designs, The Secret Ingredient, and Emeril for making this giveaway possible.

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Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders is now available in bookstores and on-line, you will love having this cookbook in your collection!  You can meet Emeril on the “Sizzling Skillets” book tour! Check Emeril’s Newsroom for details and cities.  Also, check out ‘EMERIL’S TABLE’ on the Hallmark Channel.  He describes it this way, “Food brings us all a little closer together and I hope that as we’re gathering around my table each day everyone will invite us in to their kitchens and be inspired to cook along.”  I couldn’t agree more!  This is sure to be a great series.


Zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls: Enter to Win a Set!

We are in the final week of Emeril’s One-Pot Blogger Party finishing in style and celebrating the release of Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders by giving away Zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls.  You are going to love these!  The bright red color is ideal for holiday entertaining, Valentines Day, birthday parties, or summertime backyard barbecues.  They stack for compact storage and are durable enough to use every day.

Beyond practical, the flame shaped design inspires creativity when setting the table or buffet.  Use just one or all seven, here’s a few simple ideas to utilize this serving set:

  • An assortment of olives for an olive bar
  • Ice cream toppings for a Sundae party
  • Garnishes for tacos, fajitas, or baked potatoes
  • Homemade holiday candies
  • Condiments for large parties
  • See how Emeril uses them here on HSN:

The unique shape allows for a snug grouping with other platters or plates to save space on a buffet or inspire artistic expression.

Inspired?

Enter to win Zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls for yourself!

There are a number of ways you can enter.  Each of the following count as 1 entry, which means you can enter up to 5 times to increase your chances to win. Please be sure to use a valid email address.

Here’s how:

1.  Leave a comment on this post to let me know how you might use these serving dishes.
2.  Subscribe to Savoring Today (top of the right column) and leave a comment to let me know you did. If you are already a subscriber, let me know that too!
3.  Share this post on Face Book and leave a message that you did so on the Savoring Today Face Book page.
4.  Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter with a link back to this page and mention @savoringtoday in your tweet.
5.  Email friends (no minimum) about the giveaway with a link back to this page and either cc: savoringtoday@comcast.net or leave a comment here that you did.

This drawing will conclude our blogger party on Saturday, October 1stThe winner will be determined by Random.org, only U.S. residents are eligible.

Emeril’s Rigatoni with A Beefy Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce: Or Something Like That

Grilled Tri-tip Roast with Beefy Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce

It was the sauce that drew me to this ah-may-zing recipe; Emeril has got it goin’ on in Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders with this one.  I do not think it matters much what type of beef or pasta you put with it either, the sauce carries the meal. Wine, shallots, garlic, fresh herbs, blue cheese, and cream?  “Aw, yeah, babe”, Rigatoni with a Beefy Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce is the real deal.

Since we try to eat less pasta these days and I had a Tri-tip roast on-hand, I adjusted the recipe without altering the deeply flavored, beefy mushroom sauce. Grill-lover that I am, I could not pass up the chance to cook the tri-tip over a flame, while baking a sweet potato and whipping up the sauce.  Obviously, the entire meal did not come from just one pot; it took two pots, an oven, and a grill. However, as my husband said, “The sauce took the tri-tip to a whole new level”, so it was worth every bit of extra clean-up.

As delicious as it would be over pasta, it was terrific poured over the baked sweet potato AND the broccoli—though there are no photos of such indulgence as evidence.  This is another recipe easily made gluten-free with a simple substitute of sweet rice flour for all-purpose flour as well as using gluten-free pasta, or like us, enjoying a sweet potato in lieu of pasta.

Grilled Tri-tip Roast with Beefy Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce

An earthy depth of flavor from the blue cheese and mushrooms, savory herbs throughout, Beefy Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce kicks anything up a notch—this is a must try recipe. Can one recipe be worth the price of an entire cookbook full of fantastic recipes?  If any can, this one comes really, really close.

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Order a copy of Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets so you too can enjoy this and more than 130 other delectable recipes!

Disclosure: For my participation in The Secret Ingredient’s One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party, I received a copy of Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, a jar of Emeril’s Essence seasoning, and a set of Emeril – by zak! Table Art 7-piece. Once the party concludes, upon my successful completion, I will receive a $50 grocery reimbursement and a set of Emeril’s cookbooks.

Emeril’s Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry: Main or Side Dish

Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry

I braved the pouring rain yesterday running errands, which included a stop at Whole Foods for Emeril’s Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry recipe. Oh, the stories I could tell about what goes on behind these lovely photos (and the stories my family could tell too!).  Sloshing shoes and all, it was worth it!  I love to hear the mmm’s and ooh’s at the dinner table, serving my family satisfying meals is one of my greatest pleasures. Emeril’s recipes have always made that easy, as I’ve followed Emeril Live and gleaned from his website for years.  To say it is a privilege to preview Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders and be part of The Secret Ingredient One-Pot Blogging Party is an understatement—I am having a blast!

Spice preference in our house ranges from “kick-it-all-the-way-up” to “I’ll take milk with that.”  I try to land somewhere in between with a dish like this—keeping some Sriracha near by for some, while avoiding a fire drill for others. The recipe called for seeded fresh chili, but since I could not find fresh I used dried.  There was no way to separate the seeds in the dried chilies, so adjustments were made for that too.  My husband, who likes it kicked-up, mentioned the chilies were “a bit naughty” when tasting a larger piece.  Yes, they certainly get your attention.

Ready to Simmer

Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry is a lively vegetarian dish with fried tofu incorporating the subtleties of lemongrass and fresh ginger, which complement the red curry.  Instead of using tofu and serving it as a main dish, I served this beautiful kaleidoscope of vegetables as a side dish with rotisserie chicken and cilantro quinoa.  The simmering time enabled me to debone the chicken and fluff the quinoa with the cilantro, so dinner was a snap.  As the recipe suggested, a garnish of peanuts would be fabulous, but I could not pass up the shelled, roasted pistachios at Whole Foods—these smoky, earthy morsels put it over the top.  Drizzle some of the coconut curry sauce over the chicken and BAM! it’s dinnertime!

Main Dish or Side Dish

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The variety of delicious recipes in this one cookbook is so appealing; you’ll go back to it again and again. 

Have you entered to win your own copy? Just click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets Giveaway: Enter Here To Win a Free Copy! 

Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets Giveaway: Enter To Win a Free Copy!

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When friends were over Friday evening, of course the conversation turned to the exciting news of being selected to preview Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. As we passed it around the table, oohs and aahs mingling, each one scoured the titles and mouth-watering photos. Food is personal, so suggestions on what to cook next were all over the board—paella, stuffed poblanos, duck salad—cuisinal variety only one valuable aspect of the book.

Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders simplifies a recipe choice by categorizing each recipe by its prescribed pan. For family dinners, scan the titles under Skillets and Sauté Pans or Woks.  When friends are coming over to watch the game, Dutch Ovens, Big Pots, or Slow Cookers is sure to feed the crowd.  Emeril highlights the delicious possibilities of each vessel with recipes for any palate from around the globe.

In a cookbook so rich in possibilities, it was difficult to choose only a handful of recipes to feature.  Although I cannot share all the recipes in detail, a highlight of the following is a good representation of this fantastic collection. Here’s what you can look forward to in coming weeks:

Rigatoni w/ Beefy Mushroom Gorgonzola Sauce ~ Skillets & Sauce Pans
Turkey Club Casserole ~ Casseroles & Baking Dishes 
Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry ~ Dutch Ovens
Big Boy Meatballs and Spaghetti ~ Big Pots
Wok Seared Duck Salad ~ Woks
Mushroom and Fall Squash Barley Risotto ~ Slow Cookers 

Hungry yet?

Are you ready to toss your hat in the ring to win a free copy of Emeril’s latest? 

There are a number of ways you can enter. Each of the following will be counted as 1 entry, which means you can enter up to 5 times to increase your chances to win. This drawing ended Sunday, September 18.

Here’s how:

1.  Leave a comment on this post to let me know which of the above mentioned recipes would appeal to you the most.
2.  Subscribe to Savoring Today (top of the right column) and leave a comment to let me know you did. IF you are already a subscriber, let me know that too!
3.  Share this post on Face Book and leave a message that you did so on the Savoring Today Face Book page.
4.  Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter with a link back to this page and mention @savoringtoday in your tweet.
5.  Email friends (no minimum) about the giveaway with a link back to this page and either cc: savoringtoday@comcast.net or leave a comment here that you did.

This drawing ended Sunday, September 18.  The winner will be determined by Random.org, only U.S. residents are eligible.

Pre-orders available NOW just click on the photo for more info.

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Check out what other food bloggers are saying about it too! Here’s the entire list of blogger invited to the party!

Let’s Get Cooking: Emeril’s One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party!

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I have been a fan of Emeril Lagasse since the first time I saw him on Emeril Live, his unpretentious style and love of food infectious.  It is an honor to be chosen to participate in Emeril’s One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party to help spread the word about his newest release, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders.

So what does this mean?

♦  For Emeril, 20 bloggers will create some buzz for the launch with three posts each week about what they are cooking from the book. If you are familiar with him at all, you know that any party Emeril-style is filled with fantastic food and fun!

♦  The bloggers receive some sweet perks like Emeril’s book, serving bowls, a jar of Essence, and a $50 reimbursement for foodstuff.

♦  YOU get the inside scoop, a preview of recipes, and a chance to win a copy of Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders and the zak! Emeril Flames 7-piece Table Art Serving Bowl Set.

So, stay tuned, Monday we’ll start with a recipe preview of Cajun Shrimp Stew—I’ll have it posted early so there’s time to get it going for Monday Night Football. Of course, I’ll include tips for gluten-free or any other customized versions you would like to see.  Let’s get cooking!

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