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Dirt Candy: a 24 carrot journey

 Roasted Carrots: worth cleaning this pan

Roasted Carrots: worth cleaning this pan

The first two recipes I tackled from "Dirt Candy" were Carrot Risotto with carrot dumplings and Roasted Carrot Buns.  Carrot juice, carrot stock, roasted carrots, carrot dumplings--we will look like Oompa Loompas by the end of the week.  The Piglet eliminated this cookbook in the first round, primarily because the recipes are complex, matroyshka-esque, and can't be accomplished in 30 minutes at the end of the workday.  I don't need a cookbook to make dinner in 30 minutes.  I have a lot of free time on my hands and want the challenge and a finished product with "wow" factor.

 Bun cheat

Bun cheat

Amanda Cohen, owner of the restaurant and co-author of the eponymous cookbook, gives the reader permission to use bottled carrot juice and a searingly honest account of the restaurant business.  I loved the graphic novel format and her unapologetic admission that the recipes are flavor-forward and calories be damned.  If your idea of vegetarian cookery involves massaged kale salads and juice cleanses, this cookbook may not be for you.

 Don't overstuff

Don't overstuff

The recipe made about 2 dozen small buns with some leftover filling.  The resident char siu bao fanatic loved them as much as her beloved pork buns. 

 Just like in the picture on the bag of bao flour!

Just like in the picture on the bag of bao flour!

Make My Day

Two Recipes, One Pan