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Friday, August 24, 2018

Sapphyria's Book Promotions Presents: Date Night Dinners by Sloane Taylor; #BlogTour, #RecipeTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Review

Book Details:
Publisher: Toque & Dagger
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Page Count: 136 pages
Genre: Cookbook
Rating:  5 Stars
I made Fresh Fish Sandwich

Follow the tour to read reviews about many different recipes in the cookbook:

About Date Night Dinners:

Ready to ignite that old flame? Or perhaps spark a new one? Take your partner by the hand and turn on your stove. A true romantic, award-winning author Sloane Taylor brings her creativity to the kitchen with easy-to-make meals sure to spark the intimacy and quality time you want with your special someone. Cooking together is only the start of the fun!

Create 45 complete dinners for two or flavor your evenings with a new dish. These 80 recipes use everyday foods already on most kitchen shelves. The recipes are easily increased for those fun times friends or family join your table.

Date Night Dinners, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening, is an ideal gift for engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, or for anyone who wants to spice things up.


My Recipe Choice:

I decided on the Fresh Fish Sandwich because it made me think of the beach.  I could picture myself staying at a cottage where I had the perfect view of the ocean.  Not too far away is a pier where they sell fresh fish.  I could see myself going and buying whatever the fish of the day was.  Once the sandwich was ready, I could picture myself sitting out either on the deck or front porch with the sea breeze blowing just enough to smell the salty air.  But first I would need to go out and pick fresh herbs.  I've learned to not be intimidated by the thought of growing my own herbs (and that was before I knew about the cookbook).

It was a very simple recipe to follow and make.  I have a gluten allergy and it was very easy to make an adustment to the type  of roll I was going to use.  The choice I made was the wrong one however.  As you can see from my picture, I had two choices and I went with the french bread loaf than the hamburger roll - based on the shape of fish I bought.  I saw the bread loaf when I was at my local Stop and Shop.  It was tasteless, dry and started to fall apart as I was frying it - such a disappointment.  Some of my ingredients were:

Since I'm not actually at the beach, I went to the nearest Whole Foods to see what they had to offer in the way of fish.  They didn't have the basa or swai that was recommended in the recipe so the fishmonger suggested that I try Hake.  I would say that if you don't like a strong tasting fish this is not for you.  It was so strong that I couldn't even taste the provolone cheese.  

The author suggests what to serve with the sandwich - Homemade Fries and Tartar Sauce.  Her fries recipe suggested frying them but I thought that was a lot of work for one person as well as a lot of fat so I went with buying some Sweet Potato Tater Tots instead.  I would have loved to make her Tartar Sauce but again for a single person that was a lot for one person and I don't think I would have eaten enough fish to get it finished before it went bad.  I used Stonewall Kitchen's Downeast Tartar Sauce.  Now that's not to say that I didn't think her recipes sounded good.  It's just as a single person I learn to adapt recipes and sometimes take shortcuts.  To summer my recipe up, I included a slice of nice sweet watermelon.  It was a satisfying meal and one I could see making again.

Meet the Author:

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.
Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERSMeals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening.
Excerpts from her books can be found on her websiteblog, and all popular vendors. Connect with Taylor on  Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Thanks for trying the fish sandwich recipe, Lynn. Sorry Whole Foods didn't have the basa or swai. They're much milder than hake. But I'm glad you are into fresh hers. They are fun to grow and cook with.:)

  2. Thank you so much for trying a recipe and tailoring it to fit your needs!


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