Food Network Friday + Some Special News

It’s Friday and I am here to deliver! As hoped in the last post, it’s a return to Food Network Fridays. To be honest, Jim loves the theme thing, so I told him if he found a recipe I’d do it. Within 10 minutes he gave me handful. That’s enthusiasm for you! We’ve got high hopes of warmer weather around the corner, so keep this recipe handy for when you break out the grill. Or just use your trusty grill pan, like I did. Or even pop them in the broiler.

The week’s recipes is from Michael Chiarello and was originally with ribs. Modified and with tofu, it’s a winner! This one is all about the sauce. I really wish that photo looked better so you’d go make it right now. It’s that good.

Tofu Skewers with Espresso BBQ Sauce (originally Baby Back Ribs)

1# tofu, pressed and cut in 1 inch cubes
1 red pepper, cut in 1 inch chunks
1 onion, cut in 1 inch pieces (quartered than halved is easiest)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup agave
2 Tbsp tamari
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp espresso (I used instant to make mine)

Thread the tofu cubes and vegetables on the skewers and set aside.

Heat the oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until golden. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. (If you’re time retentive like I am, put the sauce on first then thread the skewers while it simmers. I just wrote it this way for clarity.)

Brush on skewers and grill with preferred method, basting occasionally. If you have any extra sauce, drizzle it over the finished skewers.

Makes 4 big skewers.

Now for some extra special news! I’ve been offered a book deal for a cookbook and am looking for testers. (Feel free to read that over a few times if it doesn’t sink in. I’m still pinching myself!)

If you’d be willing to try a tester recipe or better yet, 2 recipes a week, please email me at with Tester in the subject. If you happen to have a blog, please let me know that, too. It’s not the time to give out any other info yet, but I’ll keep you posted as things develop. I know a lot of wonderful cooks read this blog and I hope to hear from YOU.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I think spring is really here in Ohio….finally.

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  1. Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the book deal – how exciting! I’m sending an email now… :)

  2. Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Yeah! Spring in Ohio! This weekend looks like it’s going to be fantastic! I’m sending you an e-mail right now!

  3. Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Mmm… espresso bbq sauce!!

    And what exciting news about the cookbook!! Wish I had the time to test recipes for you…but I can’t wait to see it in print!

  4. Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

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  5. Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    that is so awesome on the book deal, Tami! wahoooooooo! i’d like to test for you, but right now i’m testing for a few others and am having a bit of trouble keeping up! you better believe i’ll be buying your cookbook when it comes out! congrats again – how super exciting! hells yeah! :)

    hooray for a deeeelicious Food Network Friday! that’s just too cute on Jim finding a bunch of recipes for you to try – i love his enthusiasm, too! superw00t!

  6. Posted April 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    That is so awesome about the book deal. I was so psyched about the return of FNF that I missed that at first and only saw it when I went to leave a comment and had to re-read. I always love your recipes so I am very hopeful to be a tester. Sending you an e-mail now!

  7. Posted April 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

  8. Posted April 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow – congrats on the cookbook!

    I think your picture looks awesome and I would definitely make this! Grilled tofu is amazing :)

  9. Posted April 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!


  10. Posted April 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Wow- espresso in the sauce? I’d like to try that! Good job on the “challenge!”

  11. erica
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    HOORAY!! Yip-pee, it’s a much deserved book deal. Hope you find some amazing testers, I’m all cookied out.

  12. Posted April 25, 2009 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book deal! Your recipes always look wonderful.

  13. Amy
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the book deal! How super exciting! I just emailed you to help test recipes. :)

  14. Posted April 25, 2009 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Yay! Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait!

  15. Posted April 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Congrats!! Very exciting news.

  16. Posted April 25, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the book deal! That’s awesome. And espresso BBQ sauce sounds fantastic.

  17. Posted April 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Tami! I wish I hadn’t so much testinmg going on already. Otherwise I’d totally sign up!

    Those skewers look super-fantastic! I am glad you’re going on with the theme.

  18. Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    FINALLY! I am so happy for you, Tami! wish I had the stamina to test for you, but I think I’m too out of it to offer good help at this point. sorry, babe. <3

  19. Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Espresso bbq sauce sounds very interesting indeed!!

    congrats on the book deal!

  20. Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Yay Tami!!! Can’t wait to hear the updates on the book progress. Exciting!!!

    Recipe looks great and just in time to start practicing for Memorial Day (I think this would be a great thing for Mem Day BBQs!)

  21. Posted April 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    i love bbq skewers! we just fired up the grill this weekend, so these are on the list.

  22. Posted April 29, 2009 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    congrats!! and holy cow, that BBQ sauce is getting *made* around here, and soon, I have everything for it, and I’ve been playing with the grill pan these days!

  23. Posted May 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! That’s so exciting!

  24. Posted May 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your cookbook deal, Tami!

    Who is your publisher? I’ve seen some recipes on the testers’ blogs and they look yummers.

  25. Posted May 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Urban Vegan! I can’t really say anything more about the book other than it’s in process. As soon as the publisher gives the OK, I’ll spill all.

    In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to your book!

    Big thanks to all of you for the support and encouragement.

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