Calling All Cooks! Reader Favorites

Hello friends! Welcome to Djalali Cooks. I have a fun post today, you probably remember my call last month, for readers to submit photos of any Djalali Cooks recipes they have created. Well, you guys did not disappoint! I received a number of contributions, a few of which I am so excited to share with you today. So let’s get to some reader favorites!

The French Omelette

This one goes way back! My very first post on Kelly’s Kitchen at Style at a Certain Age was a French Omelette. A wonderful reader named Sylvia has been following my recipes since that first post; she has been working on her French Omelette technique ever since. Sylvia shares her omelette with us today. I have since made a Western Omelet for my How to Make Series. The technique is the same, except the Western Omelet is folded, instead of rolled.

French Omelette by Sylvia
French Omelette. Photo and French Omelette by Sylvia

How to Make: Eggs

Eggs make an easy, quick meal, but some egg-cooking techniques foil even the best of us. In this post of How to Make, I share my techniques for getting the perfect poached egg, egg sandwich scrambled egg, and omelet. If you’ve always struggled with eggs, I hope this post provides you with an easy guide to getting it right, every time.

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Honey Butter Chicken

Lovely reader, Jill sent along her Honey Butter Chicken. Instead of serving with plain rice, she went for leftover egg fried rice, which looks amazing! Jill noted that this recipe was nice and quick for a weeknight meal. Honey Butter Chicken is a Korean-inspired recipe with flavors that are super versatile. Do what Jill did and make it your own!

Honey Butter Chicken by Jill
Honey Butter Chicken. Photo and Honey Butter Chicken by Jill.

Read the original post and get the recipe for Sheet Pan Honey Butter Chicken with Broccoli. For a similar Asian-inspired dish, try Hot Honey Chicken.

Chicken Kofta

This contribution comes from my Mom, Terry. She makes a lot of Djalali Cooks recipes, and this is one of her favorites. These Middle Eastern chicken meatballs are so fragrant and flavorful! They’re great for having on hand to cook up and have with a salad, or in a wrap. I think they’d be great over saffron rice, too.

Chicken Kofta by Terry
Chicken Kofta with Yogurt Sauce. Chicken Kofta and photo by Terry

Read the original post and get the recipe for Chicken Kofta with Yogurt Sauce. For another Middle Eastern meatball recipe, try Lamb Meatballs and Snap Peas with Feta and Mint. Middle Eastern meatballs are healthy, delicious and super-versatile to mix into rice dishes and salads.

Buttermilk-Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berries and Honey

Our last reader favorite today comes from Debbie, who said this Buttermilk Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berries and Honey was “simply delicious”. Not only delicious, this desert is simple to make and it’s definitely impressive! With tangy buttermilk to offset the sweetness, this panna cotta is refreshing and light. Serve it with berries and you have one special dessert!

Panna Cotta By Debbie
Buttermilk Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berries and Honey. Panna Cotta and photo by Debbie.

Read the original post and get the recipe for Buttermilk-Vanilla Panna Cotta with Berries and Honey. For another smooth and refreshing dessert, try Passion Fruit Mousse.

Well friends, I want to thank you all so much for your support and readership. It’s been so much fun to see the dishes you all like to make! I want to specially thank Sylvia, Jill, Debbie and Terry for their contributions. And thank you to everyone else who contributed photos of your Djalali Cooks dishes for our Reader Favorites!

Djalali Cooks is almost one year old, and I have to say it’s been so great to have you as part of this community – I love our conversations in the comments and the thoughtful questions sent via email. Thanks again! Take care and be well, xo Kelly

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  • Sylvia Espinoza
    October 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Hi, Kelly! Thank you! My French Omelet made it to the Final Four…lol! Am motivated to try the other three now. Your Mom’s entry is gorgeous. Appreciate the recipes, the inspiration, and YOU so much. Hugs! ?

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 6, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Thank YOU, Sylvia! You’ve been with me since the very beginning and I am so happy you sent along your French Omelette! Thanks again and cheers to you! xo Kelly

  • Terry
    October 6, 2021 at 10:47 am

    These are great. I love making your food it’s awesome to change things up a bit. I hope you have more to share with us. Have a great Wednesday ??Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 6, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks for contributing your Chicken Kofta photo, Mom! xo Kelly

  • Anne S
    October 6, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    What a great way to highlight your recipes! I had forgotten about the Chicken Kofta and will be making that soon. On a different note, any ideas on what to do with fig jam? I bought some to serve with Brie cheese and it was sooooo sweet, not the taste I was going for. Fortunately, I had some jalapeño jelly to save the day. Now I have a jar of fairly pricey fig jam and wondering what to do with it.

    Thanks so much for your blog. I enjoy it and love the addition of Alex.

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 6, 2021 at 1:08 pm

      Hello Anne, fig jam! Well, my first idea is to put it on a pizza. The sweetness of fig jam can be offset by serving it paired with a salty, cured meat. So, it’s perfect on a pizza (think prosciutto, pancetta, salami, soppressata…). You can gently warm the fig jam in a sauce pan so that it’s pourable, making it easier to drizzle to avoid using too much. By making the fig jam pourable, you could drizzle it over bacon and bake the bacon, to get a salty/sweet candied bacon treat. I think the key with fig jam is to pair it with something rich (like brie) and something salty (like cured meat). Any combination that includes those elements will work. I hope I gave you some ideas for that fig jam! Thanks Anne! xo Kelly