Vote Today! Introducing Reader’s Choice Recipes at The Hungry Mouse

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Let’s play a game! I’ve been working with my friends over at Cookstr for a few months now on some exciting promotions and projects—including step-by-step demonstrations of some of their featured chef’s recipes.

Here’s the deal. Here are 8 intriguing and delicious-looking recipes from You vote for the recipes you’d like me to cook. I’ll do step-by-step walk-throughs of the top three.

How about it?

I have to say, we couldn’t be more excited here at The Mouse House. A lot of different things drive what we publish on The Hungry Mouse. What we’re eating. What’s in season. Above all, though, special requests from our readers come first.

Keep your eye on Cookstr—if you haven’t taken a look yet

Cookstr is rapidly building one of the best food sites I’ve seen. (Proof positive of their fabulous-ness: They’ve been nominated for a Webby in the Food and Cooking category.) All their content comes from chefs and cookbook authors. If you haven’t already, definitely check them out.

Reader’s Choice Recipes: Let the voting begin!

Here are links to 8 different recipes—along with a picture of the chef and the book they appear in. So go and click around, have a nibble, and see which recipes look good to you. Then:

  • Vote for the recipe you like best in the poll at the end of this article.
  • Voting ends on Saturday, June 20.
  • I’ll do a step-by-step walk through of the three recipes that have the most votes and post them up over the next month or so.

1. Challah, by Nick Malgieri

Malgieri is the former executive pastry chef at New York’s Windows on the World and current director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education. He’s been writing about baking and cooking for more than 30 years.

Nick Malgieri

Nick Malgieri

This recipe for sumptuous, braided egg bread is featured in Malgieri’s book, How to Bake. Read more about Malgieri or visit his website.

How to Bake by Nick Malgieri

2. Pad Thai, by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner teamed up to write The Illustrated Kitchen Bible. Australian chef and writer Brigitte Hafner runs The Gertrude Street Enoteca in Melbourne. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Blashford-Snell runs a catering company in London and has coauthored several cookbooks.

Brigitte Hafner

Brigitte Hafner

Blashford-Snell and Hafner originally published their recipe for this famous rice-noodle-and-shrimp dish in their book The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.

The Illustrated Kitchen Bible

3. Mango Ice Cream, by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan

Besa and Dorotan, both natives of the Philippines, ran Cendrillon in New York City for 13 1/2 years. Their new restaurant in Brooklyn, Purple Yam, is due to open in June 2009.

Amy Besa

Amy Besa, Photo by: Neal Oshima

Romy Dorotan

Romy Dorotan, Photo by: Neal Oshima

Their recipe for mouthwatering mango ice cream appears in their book, Memories of Philippine Kitchens. Read more about the duo here.

Memories of Philippine Kitchens4. Baked Lemon Tart, by Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau

Mentesana and Audureau have owned the delectable-sounding Once Upon a Tart in New York City for more than 10 years.

Jerome Audureau

Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau, Photo by: Tess Steinkolk

The recipe for their easy and popular baked lemon tart appears in their book, Once Upon a Tart.

Once Upon a Tart . . .: Soups, Salads, Muffins, and More

5. Deep-Dish Pizza with Sausage, Garlic and Mozzarella, by Diane Morgan and Tony Gemignani

Diana Morgan is an Oregon-based cookbook author, food writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She teamed up with pizza tossing champion and chef Tony Gemignani (of Pyzano’s Pizzeria fame) to write a book on homemade pizza.

Diane Morgan

Diane Morgan, Photo by: Adair Lara

The recipe for this Chicago-style deep dish pizza appears in their book, Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza.

Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza

6. Horn and Hardart’s Macaroni and Cheese, by Arthur Schwartz

As a cookbook author, culinary instructor, and former restaurant critic and executive food editor of 18 years for the New York Daily News, you could say that Arthur Schwartz knows a thing or two about food. Check him out over at The Food Maven.

Arthur Schwartz

Arthur Schwartz

Find the recipe for Horn and Hardart’s Macaroni and Cheese in his book, Arthur Schwartz’s New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes

Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes

7. Chicken Fajitas with Green Olive Cilantro Salsa, by Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman

Victoria Wise is a writer, cookbook author, and the former owner of Pig By The Tail Charcuterie. Wise also cooked the very first (!!!) meal ever at Chez Panisse. Susanna Hoffman is co-founder of the Good & Plenty Cafe in Oakland, CA, and started her baking career at Chez Panisse.

Victoria Wise

Victoria Wise

Wise and Hoffman co-authored The Well-Filled Tortilla, where you’ll find the recipe for these mouthwatering fajitas.

The Well-Filled Tortilla

8. Spring Rolls with Shredded Cabbage, Mushrooms and Tofu, by Deborah Madison

Deborah Madison is a chef, cookbook author, teacher, and community activist with deep roots in the sustainable and local food movement.

Deborah Madison

Deborah Madison, Photo by: Doug Merriam

Find these crisp spring rolls in Madison’s book, This Can’t Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would–and Love Every Bite.

This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--And Love Every Bite

Phew! So what do you think? Which recipe would you most like to see made from scratch? Vote today!

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.


  1. I like them all too, but am torn between the lemon tart & fajitas from scratch...makes me feel oh-so-good. What a great idea! I love it & can't wait to see it made from scratch...whichever. They're all good choices!
  2. I own the ONce Upon a Tart cookbook, but have yet to cook from it! Hopefully the video will change that! Plus, I didn't know the fellows were so attractive! Krista:)
  3. Dearest Mouse It was difficult to make a choice, since I know Arthur, I would love to see Mac & Cheese, being a New Yorker, I would love to support and encourage Once Upon a Tart (they're located next to my fav yarn store!), mango ice cream sounds delish, as does Pad Thai, and Deb Madison's Spring rolls? How could one go wrong? However, my choice is Challah bread, something I would love to do but need a bit of a push to try it. I'm sure whatever recipe wins, it will be a winner if you show us how to do it. Bon app sweet mouse!
    • Oh goodness, you know Arthur! Yay. :D I'm kind of with you...I'm really excited about all these recipes. Regardless of whether Challah wins, I'll do one for you's easier than you think, and the results are so impressive (not to mention yummy). Thanks so much for stopping by! +Jessie