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Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:00 AM

In case you missed the memo last week, Geoffrey Zakarian , Food Network Iron Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality Star: Chopped, Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen and his newest show The Kitchen, has a new cookbook “My Perfect Pantry” that made its debut on October 7, 2014.


Geoffrey Zakarian’s cookbook “My Perfect Pantry” is all about creating innovative recipes …150 recipes to be exact… from 50 essential ingredients in your pantry.


But Geoffrey Zakarian just doesn’t use any kind of pantry ingredients, he uses the simple everyday ingredients and turns them into superstars. Of course still traumatize from my broke college days of ketchup sandwiches I had my doubts about this cookbook. Nonetheless... with cookbook in hand... I headed to my pantry.


First, I had to check to see if the 50 ingredients was really as essential as Geoffrey Zakarian claims… and if these items were actually in my kitchen pantry. I had 43 out of 50 of Geoffrey Zakarian’s essential pantry items, not bad, we are off to a good start.  So what's in your pantry? Use the back  book cover below and find out if you have these essential items in your pantry.  

Second, I did something a little different, I usually read a cookbook cover to cover before I kitchen test. This time I wanted the element of surprise…yes…I am keeping the spirit of the Iron Chef going. I randomly grabbed (4) four items out of my pantry and headed to the kitchen to begin my adventure.


So what was the four items? First…ketchup…I know…I know…I was just as surprise as you.

The second item…Earl Gray Tea Bags and the Third item…Chocolate…And last but not least…Canned Tuna. So what were the winning recipes?  For the ketchup we kitchen test the recipe “Ketchup-Glazed Cornish Hen” I didn’t have Cornish Hen, so we substitute with good ole…Chicken.

We made a lovely picture of “Earl Grey Iced Tea With Iced Tea Cubes” and I don’t know why I never thought about making this before. The canned tuna was used for making one of my absolute favorite salads “Salad Nicose” and for dessert we used the chocolate to make “Chocolate Dipped Candied Oranges” and I have to say everything was delicious.


Considering that all these items were just random items out of pantry I ended up with a pretty nice dinner. The recipes were flavorful and simple to make, I did finally read the cookbook cover to cover and I cannot wait to make Popcorn Ice Cream…so stay tune for more… we will definitely be cooking our way through this cookbook.


So do you really have to ask?  Yes…I highly recommend this cookbook and for those of you who are lucky enough to be staying or visiting The Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa the weekend of November 7 and 8…you are in for a treat with Savor Borgata and Geoffrey Zakarian.




{Friday, November 7}

7:30 P.M. Reception | 8 P.M. Dinner | 28 West


Celebrate the kick-off to Savor Borgata Weekend with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay (Bobby Flay Steak) and Geoffrey Zakarian(The Water Club at Borgata) on Friday, November 7th, as they collaborate with Borgata's Michael Schulson (Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub), Stephen Kalt (Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar), and Thaddeus DuBois (Borgata Executive Pastry Chef) on a delicious cocktail reception and 4-course dinner that is sure to excite even the most experienced palette.



{Saturday, November 8 | 2 P.M.}

The Music Box

Join Iron Chef and host of Food Network's "The Kitchen," Geoffrey Zakarian, for a live cooking demonstration at Borgata's Music Box theater.



{Saturday, November 8 | 3:30 P.M.}

28 West

 The Water Club's Culinary Lifestyle Consultant, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, will be signing copies of his new cookbook “My Perfect Pantry” inside 28 West at 3:30pm on Saturday, November 8. Books will be available for purchase.


 ~xoxo Sincerely Yours, Nerisa :)

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