Tyler's been busy. On Memorial Day weekend, he cooked at a quarter mile long grill at NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600.
On today's View, Tyler had his hands full trying to get Whoopi to eat her vegetables. He was all suited up in his white chef's jacket, which I'm sure looked great on the New York City streets next to all the sailors on this last day of Fleet Week. (Sailors are cute, but really is anything more attractive than an attractive CHEF?!!)
Tyler did some really interesting things with vegetables and Whoopi just kept making faces as she tasted his creations. He just kept keeping on, no matter how she reacted. At least Joy appreciated his cooking.
Tyler's first suggestion was an Ina standby - roasted vegetables. He said it concentrates the flavor. He didn't use quite the same amount of oil or salt that the Contessa does, but his zucchini looked wonderful. He roasts other vegetables too - cauliflower and butternut squash - and uses them all as bases for wonderful pasta dishes that were so good that even Whoopi approved.
His last recipe was a healthy spin on Red Velvet Cake. I'm always hesitant to add the full amount of red food coloring and I love Tyler's idea of coloring it with beets. Unfortunately, they rushed through the recipe and one thing was slightly unclear.
Do me favor and take a look at the recipe and tell me if you think the beets are UNCOOKED before they go into the batter. I do, because Tyler says to peel them and then process them. But I can't decide if it's weird to add raw beets. I use them in the juicer raw, but in a cake? I guess in this case we're USING them RAW, but EATING them COOKED.
NOTE: I was reading the comments on the View site and a few folks were wondering where to get Pomegranate Molasses. Zingerman's is one good mail order place and here's a recipe for making your own.