Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cookbook #95

I made 'Cactus Paddle Salad".  To find out what that is click here for the original post.  It was pretty good!

This indispensable cookbook, an instant classic when first published in 1989, is now back in print with a brand-new introduction from the most celebrated authority on Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy. The culmination of more than fifty years of living, traveling, and cooking in Mexico, The Art of Mexican Cooking is the ultimate guide to creating authentic Mexican food in your own kitchen, with more than 200 beloved recipes as well as evocative illustrations.

The dishes included, favorites from all the regions of Mexico, range from sophisticated to pure and simple, but they all share an intrinsic depth of taste. Aficionados will go to great lengths to duplicate the authentic dishes (and Kennedy tells them exactly how), but here too is a wealth of less complicated recipes for the casual cook in search of the unmistakable flavors of a bold cuisine.

Kennedy shares the secrets of true Mexican flavor: balancing the piquant taste of chiles with a little salt and acid, for instance, or charring them to round out their flavor; broiling tomatoes to bring out their character, or adding cumin for a light accent. By using Kennedy’s kitchen wisdom and advice, and carefully selecting produce that is now readily available in most American markets, cooks with an appetite for Mexican cuisine–and Kennedy devotees old and new–can at last serve and enjoy real Mexican food.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cook Book #94

From Maine’s hearty Joe Booker Stew to pineapple-packed
Hawaiian Fried Rice, this collection of recipes brings bold local flavors and tried-and-true cooking techniques home—no matter where that may be. Home cooks will discover little-known specialties and revamped classics in each of the four chapters: New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia and the South, The Midwest and Great Plains, Texas and the West. Colorful local history and anecdotes from Cook’s Country’s tasty travels bring the recipes to life, and illustrated maps and a list of test kitchen–approved hot spots show you where you can try the inspiring original dishes today. Step-by-step photography illustrates key techniques, and full-color photos for every recipe showcase the beauty of the collection. From tailgate staples like Southern Football Sandwiches and Wisconsin Grilled Brats and Beer to old-school sweets like Hollywood’s Tick Tock Orange Sticky Rolls and New York’s Bee Sting Cake, Cook’s Country Eats Local puts an array of flavorful, diverse American dishes within reach—no road trip needed.

This is a GREAT cookbook! I love it.  I want to make every single recipe in here.
Another challenge?  I can't do it, but I want to!!
For the original post click here.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cookbook #93

Goodreads says:
A superb collection of more than 800 recipes drawn from both America's rich past and new culinary discoveries. It's the Bible of baking, considered by many as the most thorough baking book on the market. The highly readable, easy-to-follow text explains the whys and hows of baking and makes it easy for even the beginner to achieve delicious results in the kitchen. Line drawings throughout.

I say:
This is a really good cookbook all about baking!  It has some great 'lost' recipes and it teaches you how to bake anything. 
For a look at my original post (the recipe I made from this cookbook--click here)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cookbook #92

The Pie and Pastry Bible is your magic wand for baking the pies, tarts, and pastries of your dreams—the definitive work by the country's top baker. The Pie and Pastry Bible is your magic wand for baking the pies, tarts, and pastries of your dreams—the definitive work by the country's top baker.

This is an excellent reference cookbook to have on hand.  Every pie and tart and pastry you can think of is in here.  She has great points and tips for all of us who want to make a perfect pastry!
To see what I made from this cookbook, the original post,  click here.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cookbook #91

For an easy, fast, and really good light meal, check out these Shrimp Rolls from Curtis Stone's "What's for Dinner" cookbook.  Just click here for my original post.  They were really yummy!

About the cookbook....
Curtis Stone, host of Top Chef Masters and Around the World in 80 Plates, provides a culinary road map of time-saving kitchen solutions and delicious dishes for every day of the week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cookbook #90--The Pioneer Woman Cooks

I highly recommend the Pioneer Woman's Cookbooks--any of them, but this is the one I've made the most recipes/dishes out of, and they are always good and have become a standard on my recipe rotation.
For the original post CLICK HERE!

Goodreads says:
Paula Deen meets Erma Bombeck in The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond’s spirited, homespun cookbook. Drummond colorfully traces her transition from city life to ranch wife through recipes, photos, and pithy commentary based on her popular, award-winning blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, and whips up delicious, satisfying meals for cowboys and cowgirls alike made from simple, widely available ingredients. The Pioneer Woman Cooks—and with these “Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,” she pleases the palate and tickles the funny bone at the same time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cookbook #89

This is a great, easy---Busy Family Favorite.  I love any Taste of Home Publication, but this one is especially great for the busy parent.
For the original post and recipe CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cookbook #88

Spiced applesauce!  With some Captain Morgan Rum!
Apples and Rum--2 of my favorite things. Who knew they went together so well?
To see the original blog post and recipe click here.

Cookbook #87

A nice dinner with a nice sidedish from James Beard.  His 2x baked potatoes.  mmmmm---they were good.
Here is a link to the original post--watch out, it's a long post!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Cookbook #86

Yay for homemade Mexican Food!
So much better than in a restaurant.

To see the original post and what I made from this cookbook--just click here.

From Goodreads:
The host of a highly popular PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table, and a self-described “overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a powerful blender,” Pati Jinich has a mission. She’s out to prove that Mexican home cooking is quicker and far easier than most Americans think.
Her dishes are not blanketed with cheese, or heavy and fried, or based on complex sauces. Nor are they necessarily highly spicy. Surprising in their simplicity and freshness, they incorporate produce and grains. Most important, they fit perfectly into an everyday family cooking schedule and use just a handful of ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry. Many are homey specialties that Pati learned from her mother and grandmother, some are creative spins on classics, while others are not well known outside of Mexico.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cookbook #85

This is a GREAT soup.  Yes, lots of cream and cheese, so if you are watching calories and fat, don't think , just try it!  You won't regret it.

Here is a link to the original post: click here!

Goodreads says:
More than 100 of the best soup recipes Boston has to offer accompanied by fun stories and beautiful full-color photography.

Marjorie Druker is passionate about soups. She fell in love with soups when she first heard the story Stone Soup. After attending Johnston & Whales, Marjorie created the menu for the popular Boston Market restaurant chain, and soups were always her favorite. "My niche is taking what people like to eat and turning it into a soup," she says.

The New England Soup Factory restaurant has won the Best of Boston award four times. People skip school to eat their soups. A pregnant in labor stopped by the restaurant on the way to the hospital to satisfy a last-minute craving. New England Soup Factory soups are like no other soups. And now you can recreate these delicious soups in your own home. The New England Soup Factory Cookbook contains 100 of Boston's best-tasting traditional and creative soup recipes. The book also includes a chapter on sandwiches and salads to accompany such soups as . . . New England Clam Chowder Wild Mushroom and Barley Soup Curried Crab and Coconut Soup Raspberry-Nectarine Gazpacho Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cookbook #84

It's been a while, but I'm back with #84!!
Ree Drummond's  The Pioneer Woman Cooks; Dinnertime!
Click here for here original post.

Goodreads says:
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is a beloved collection of all the scrumptious supper recipes that make their way through my kitchen in regular rotation, from main dish salads to satisfying soups to hearty casseroles to comfort food classics . . . and everything in between. I lay out all the different ways I tackle dinner in my house, from super-quick 16-Minute Meals to make-ahead Freezer Food to irresistible pastas and a bundle of brand-new favorites of my crew.
and I made the easiest, but THE BEST of her recipes!