Simply Fresh is the book that every home cook longs for. These are home recipes which means there's no need for a staff, no burden on the budget, no demand for exotic ingredients. The concisely written, well-constructed recipes suit that need, but they soar upward to create meals with such flair that the dishes will be talked about long after they are eaten, and will become classics in the cook's repertoire.
Based on the concept pioneered by the restaurants Ruby Tuesday of using fresh ingredients in a simple, but imaginative way , Simply Fresh is about being casual with spirit and elan. The recipes are for dining elegantly at home, sharing with friends and family over the tastiest of meals. Author Jeff Morgan states, that "the Ruby Tuesday menu retains a contemporary style that honors America's culinary diversity without losing sight of its traditions. It is a culinary philosophy I am honored to share with you." Taking advantage of the bounty found in the U.S., the recipes reflect the wide diversity of influences from the immigrant population, ones that have been honed over the years to become favorites, and now reflect the increased awareness of culinary fusion and playfulness that has grown with the country.
Simply Fresh is about dining, and a good dinner includes drinks. Morgan starts with a chapter in drinks with tips on matching food and wine pairing, basics about beer, and a handful of recipes from for drinks that are popular at Ruby Tuesday such as a non-alcoholic lemonade, Sangria, the Ultimate Mojito, or Cajun Mary.
There are chapters filled with spirited recipes for Appetizers & Side Dishes to start a meal or to make the perfect side. There are chapters for Salads & Soups; Pasta; Seafood; Beef, Pork, & Poultry; Desserts. Brunch is not ignored as this, too, should be elegant and imaginative.
Among the delicious recipes are such creative dishes as Saffron Tomato Soup; Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Parmesan Crostini; Seafood Pasta with Andouille Sausage; Ham and Pea Salad; Crab Cakes with Pineapple Chutney; Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice and Cucumber Raita; Ruby Tuesday's signatureBburgers and famous Mac 'n Cheese. Sweet desserts include Strawberry Angel Food Cake; Italian Cream Pie; Lemon Zabaglione; Chocolate Almond Torte with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream.
Simply Fresh is simply delightful, the recipes full of spirited new takes on favoirte dishes, and always created with the idea of using the best, freshest ingredients.
There is luscious color photography throughout by Beall + Thomas. And as a bonus - there is a coupon worth five dollars at a Ruby uTesday restaurant.