PW Countdown 4

Today, we are taking a trip back in time to Ree’s second cookbook. Much like her first one, this one is more of blog-feel, but this one has more recipes than her first cookbook. Everyone looks so young on the cover! Look at the kids. Some wonderful and tasty recipes are included in this book, many of them comfort food. I can’t wait to dive right in!

PW Countdown 2

Today, we are featuring Ree’s holiday-themed cookbook.

Her third cookbook and her largest (to date) features recipes for almost every holiday you would need. Sure, there’s the standard Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, there also New Year’s Eve, Father’s Day, Easter, and Cinco de Mayo!

Packed with ready to go menus, this cookbook will help make your holiday meal stress-free. That way you can spend more time with your loved ones.

This cookbook contains some wonderful recipe including a few different versions of Ree’s Thanksgiving Dressing (what we in the north call “stuffing”), Dr. Pepper Cupcakes, and Three-Meat Lasagna which is perfect for Father’s Day. Also, make sure to make Platter of Darkness for Halloween. It’ll be a real treat!

PW Countdown 1

Today is the first day of our countdown to the first PW recipe. Each day I will be featuring one of Ree’s currently published cookbooks.

Today’s is her first cookbook, published over 10 years ago. I figured that first one was a great place to start, but the books won’t be featured in publication order.

Coming off her blog-roots, this cookbook is much more blog-like than her other cookbooks and other cookbooks in general. With less than 65 recipes, this a quick cookbook but really gives you a peek inside her life on the ranch. Family and farm stories are featured throughout its pages, but that doesn’t over shadow the food.

It was a great first cookbook for Ree and features some of her staple recipes like Chicken Fried Steak, Egg-in-the-Hole, and Cinnamon Rolls. I can’t wait to make the cinnamon rolls, they’re one of my favorite treats!

Come back tomorrow where we will feature another cookbook as we continue the countdown to the revamped blog.

Magnolia Bakery Handbook #7 – Brown Sugar Cookies

Last week, I came home from work and was in the mood to bake. But, by the time I got home, ate dinner, and did some chores, I was not in the mood to go to the store. So, I had to pick a recipe that called for ingredients that I already had on-hand.

Enter Brown Sugar Cookies from the Magnolia Bakery Handbook. I recalled that this recipe was in the book and they looked interesting, so I seized this opportunity to make them. The only downside was the recipe required that the dough chill for at least 30 minutes before baking. Ms. Lloyd says that her cookie recipes should actually chill overnight before baking, but 30 minutes will do. In fact, I let this chill for a little over an hour before I started the baking process.

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Cookbook Haul!

Over the weekend, I was in the need for some retail therapy. Naturally, I went to one of my favorite stores: Barnes & Noble. Even though I work in Library, there is nothing like going to a bookstore — for me, at least.

I decided that I would buy a book upon getting there, but the question remained: which one? There are thousands to choose from. But I figured a new cookbook couldn’t hurt and specifically, I wanted one that focused on baking. Sure a regular cookbook would most likely have some baking recipes, but I wanted some all baking.

After doing some browsing I stumbled upon The King Arthur All Purpose Baker’s Companion. This is a book that I have heard only good things about for some time. Plus, I really like King Arthur’s flour, so I knew that this book would be worth the purchase.

Upon getting home, I began to thumb through it and so far I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to start baking from it!

Once I have a few recipes baked from it, I’ll do a proper cookbook review. Be sure to check back often for that!

Cookbook Review: The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

Welcome back, Readers!

It’s time for another Cookbook Review post! And I am so excited to share this one with you. This is one my all-time favorite cookbooks!!

I discovered The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Nancy Harmon Jenkins a few years ago when I stumbled upon online articles discussing the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. The book sounded wonderful and I had to rush out to a bookstore to get it! Luckily the Barnes & Noble near by college campus had one in stock.

This cookbook continues to be one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever read because, to me, it reads like a novel. Jenkins does a great job of creating an Eat, Pray, Love style narrative about her family’s time in Italy.

Whether romanticized or not, I fell for it and wanted to be her! (Okay, I’ll be honest: I re-read parts of it to write this review and I STILL want to be her!)

One of the other aspects of this book that I like is that it is not just a cookbook. It also explains what the Mediterranean Diet is and how you can “Make the Change” to the lifestyle. Only after around 40 pages do you see any recipes.

But when the recipes do come, let me tell you…YOU WILL LOVE THEM!!

We all experience headnotes in cookbooks. These are the little paragraphs that precede the recipe that sometimes tell how a chef created the recipe or how it can be served. Headnotes in this book are no exception, but Jenkins includes beautifully written paragraphs that also teach the reader how to cook the recipe’s main ingredient, for example. Other times the headnotes are filled with wonderful anecdotes about her time in the Mediterranean region.

One of the positives of this cookbook is in the vegetables section, Jenkins takes the time and space to break down commonly used vegetables in the Mediterranean Diet. Each vegetable has 1 to 3 recipes that feature it, ensuring the budding Mediterranean chef how to incorporate them into their new diet.

Believe it or not, the Mediterranean Diet is not a big fan of the dessert course. I know, right? But this book does include more than a dozen sweet treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. While many are fruit-based, they will almost surely satisfy any sweet-tooth.

Writing this review has made me fall in love with it all over again. I’ll have to make something out of it soon!

Cookbook Review: Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, then you know that it used to feature, almost exclusively, Ina Garten recipes and reviews. It was basically a lifestyle blog revolving around Ina Garten.

Even though I have decided to tweak things a bit (a move that I think will be much more enjoyable for me and my readers), I still want to pay homage to Ina Garten. So, the first Cookbook Review will be of one of her books.

This is not a new feature. I had previously reviewed the first six Barefoot Contessa cookbooks earlier this year. (Hint: on the homepage, click the Category “Cookbook Reviews” to view them.)

Okay, here it goes….

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Review of “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics”

This is part of a 12-part series where I review each one of Ina Garten’s twelve cookbooks. The previous reviews can be found earlier in the feed of posts. They come out on Thursdays, usually for 1:30 PM. This is the sixth review in the series.

Who doesn’t love green as the main color on a book? It’s so vibrant and pairs nicely for a cookbook.

Ina Garten’s sixth cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is another one of quintessential “TV Ina.” But that’s not a bad thing! This is another book that makes Ina related to the home cook, whether they are seasoned or just starting out.

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Review of “Barefoot in Paris”

This is part of a 12-part series where I review each of Ina’s cookbooks. A new review drops every Thursday at 1:30 PM. This is the fourth review out of the twelve.

This week I get to talk about my favorite Barefoot Contessa cookbook to date — Barefoot in Paris. This book is different from the others in a few ways. First, this is the only book (so far!) that focusing solely on one type of cuisine: French.

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