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Tapas article in Issue #81

BonnieinHolland's picture

I am not one to rave, but was so impressed with the quality of the Tapas recipes in Issue 81 that it seemed time to finally acutally post here.  I just wanted to say that the Tapas recipes were well-written, they turned out exactly as per expectations (no surprises!) and they were easy and incredibly tasty.   Very well done, indeed, Fine Cooking, and thanks very much!

Cheers, Bonnie 

Amy's picture

(post #39118, reply #1 of 9)

Oh that is so reassuring to hear, because I did all my prep yesterday and the party is tonight!  yay!

MadMom's picture

(post #39118, reply #2 of 9)

Hi, BonnieinHolland, and glad you decided to post.  You need to stick around and post more often.  Two posts in a year is hardly enough!

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Gretchen's picture

(post #39118, reply #3 of 9)

Bonnie can also help us on our wine selections from what I know of her. Welcome.


Sheri's picture

(post #39118, reply #4 of 9)

I used the menu for a party on Friday night, and it was great. I was sooo relaxed and had such a nice time. The detailed timeline was really good. It's the first time I've actually followed a whole menu and timeline - usually I just pick out parts.

cosmo55's picture

(post #39118, reply #7 of 9)

I did this party this weekend and I must have done something wrong. I thought the food was all amazing -- great recipes -- but, I had the timing all off. All the food was prepped in advance, but cooking the potatoes, mushrooms, shrimp and chourico ended up being a bit too much. I didn't leave the kitchen all evening. On the upside, my kitchen does allow for company, but if I were to do it again I think that I'd want to figure out a better timeline. But, again, the food was really good!

Adele's picture

(post #39118, reply #8 of 9)

Did you follow the timeline on page 79?  (I often miss things like this).  Not everything is to be done at once, which gives time between doing the finish cooking for the different parts. 

I might have to take this issue up north to try this.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Amy's picture

(post #39118, reply #5 of 9)

What a great tapas party! 

Everything got rave reviews, with the exception of the skewers of piquillo pepper, olive and feta or onion.  Those were just ok considering the tediousness, and next time I'd just set out a couple of bowls of mixed olives. 

I only used 1/4 cup of olive oil on the roasted potatoes.  1/2 cup looked like way too much.  But I think that about a lot of FC recipes, so maybe it's just me.  Regardless, the "patatas bravas" were fabulous!  Crisp, perfect seasoned, just really really good.  The shrimp were excellent too and so were the mushrooms. 

I admit:  I did not make the toasted bread with chocolate.  I bought several kinds of dark chocolate and we just nibbled on it for dessert. 

Sheri, I think it's hysterical that you and I did not conspire to do this the same weekend!

Sheri's picture

(post #39118, reply #9 of 9)

Oh, I have to agree with Amy about the skewers. I'd also just set out some almonds and olives next time too.

I tell you, we just have some sort of long distance pychic connection (make tapas this weekend... make tapas this weekend...)

Regality's picture

(post #39118, reply #6 of 9)

Did the shrimp as a main dish and loved them.  Still have chocolate and bread waiting to be combined.  *L*


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